OVER 150 new jobs could be coming to Heckmondwike after council planners gave the go ahead to an electrical waste recycling plant.
Sunersol Ltd specialises in recycling electrical goods and household appliances, such as fridges and freezers, and has secured planning permission for the premises at Flush Mills.
Initially, the company hopes to create 70 jobs for local people with a further 80 planned through expanding its trading division.
Sunersol is hoping to create warehouse jobs, recruit fork lift truck drivers and electrical equipment test and repair roles. There will also be office-based jobs for administrators and customer account supervisors.
The company hopes to start its recruitment process over the next two months.
The news has been welcomed by Heckmondwike Chamber of Trade chairman David Exley, who hopes it will encourage more companies to move to the town.
“It’s fantastic news,” said Mr Exley. “I do have reservations over noise and pollution, but otherwise this is just what we need.
“We hear so much bad news at the moment, this would be fantastic. I hope that this would work alongside our own regeneration plans and put confidence back into the town.”
Spen MP Mike Wood also welcomed the development and highlighted the importance of using the region’s brownfield sites, rather than fields around the Spen Valley.
He said: “This is a development on a brownfield site demonstrating that there is land available for employment purposes without the need to sacrifice three large greenbelt sites within Batley and Spen.
“It shows that existing sites can be brought back into use for industry rather than following the council’s proposal to allow development on greenbelt land at Rawfolds, behind the Three Nuns at Cooper Bridge and off Muffit Lane between Gomersal and Birstall.”
Official figures show unemployment remained steady at 440 jobseekers allowance claims in Heckmondwike last month, compared to 458 in January.
Sunersol managing director Craig Thompson said: “As a local man I’m delighted to have created new jobs within the area.
“I have big ambitions for Sunersol and hope the company’s success will have a positive impact on the local community.
“Sunersol’s recycling solution is unique in the UK, where the safe and responsible disposal of goods is an ever increasing problem.”
The company received conditional planning permission from the council’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee after failing to secure a similar facility in Lower Hopton, Mirfield, last year.
No objections were received to the plan.
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