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Save Our Steelworks: Fears for town’s future if Shotton plant closes

Published date: 05 April 2016 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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LOSING its steelworks site would “finish” Shotton as a town, according to one local business.

Business owners have had their say on the future of Shotton's steelworks plant as talks continue with workers and unions.

Shops up and down the High Street in the town have been showing their support for the site and have backed the Leader's own Save Our Steelworks petition, displaying the posters in their windows.

 

Gill Broadfoot, of ABC Cakes on Chester Road West, has three in her window and has been trading in Shotton for eight years.

She said: “It's important for the community that it stays open.

“If we lose that, we lose something else from the town.

“It's already affecting us, Shotton is half a ghost town as it is and the site closing would finish it off.”

Jon Milsom has ran Sweets and Treats since November and played rugby alongside workers from Shotton steelworks for 30 years.

He said: “The impact is local but there's much more to it than that.

“There are clearly European and Chinese issues factored in to this.

“I've seen the steelworks decline over the last few years and the place is synonymous with Shotton and John Summers.

“Things got really depressing in the 1980s when everyone lost their jobs.”

Among those showing their support for the Leader's campaign were Jon and Gill's shops alongside the RSCPA store.

Nearby in Graham Weigh 

Cycles, manager of 25 years, Keith Jones, also put up his Leader poster.

He said: “The steelworks has slowly decreased over time, it used to be huge.

“It really does affect everyone and Shotton is pretty quiet as it is these days.

“I'm not sure the workers know the full story yet.”

Sharon Forshaw runs Sharon's Handbags on High Street and has been in place since July last year.

She signed the Leader's petition online and was also displaying a poster.

“We obviously don’t want it to go, my dad and brother worked there for many years,” she said.

“It would be a real shame.

“It’s a big part of the community and its an issue of just how much jobs that would go.”

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