Coventry & Warwickshire

Stobart: Talks hope for Alcester distribution plant

The Stobart site at Alcester
Image caption A new warehouse is being built in Leicestershire, about 50 miles from Alcester

The Stobart Group is to be lobbied by an MP and councillors over plans to close a distribution plant.

The company has announced plans to close depots in Alcester, Warwickshire, and in Corby, Northamptonshire, as part of a wider reorganisation.

About 150 jobs could be lost from the two sites.

Alcester county councillor Mike Gittus and Stratford-upon-Avon Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi said they hoped to salvage something from the plans.

Conservative councillor Mr Gittus said the news was terrible for Alcester.

"Employment is quite important in a market town such as this," he said.

"We are a tight, structured community where employment is as important as education."

He said he and Mr Zahawi hoped to visit managers during the consultation period.

The firm says it is investing in a new warehouse in Magna Park, Leicestershire, about 50 miles from Alcester, and hopes to create new jobs there.

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