Wells unconvinced about 1,130 jobs for Newry
DUP South Down Assemblyman Jim Wells remains unconvinced about the talk of a possible 1,130 new jobs to be created in Newry. Wells was speaking after Newry Times exclusively broke the story this week that planning permission had been granted for a major development in the Greenbank area of the city.
“Most of these ‘new’ jobs are in the retail/catering sectors” Wells stated, “And if the development proceeds the employment gains at Greenbank will be balanced by job loses elsewhere in the Newry area. In the present economic conditions it is doubtful that the housing element will actually proceed.”
The new development is not what Newry needs according to Wells. “What Newry really needs is more manufacturing jobs and inward investment in new employment opportunities which are additional to the area rather than simply moving existing jobs around the area.”
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