Stormont talks over JTI

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A delegation of borough councillors and officers are scheduled to meet with Stormont Ministers tomorrow (Tuesday) over the closure of the local JTI plant.

The group are due to have talks with Employment & Learning Minister Stephen Farry and Enterprise Trade & Investment Minister Arlene Foster at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday, February 17.

Speaking at the recent February Council meeting, Acting Ballymena Chief Executive Rodger McKnight said the talks would involve discussion on “future support mechanisms” following the closure announcement by the company.

Alderman Maurice Mills said: “Obviously, this is a commercial decision looking at it from a global perspective, that is sadly how our town has lost out. It is going to have severe consequences for our town so we must endeavour to get some things for what we have lost. Therefore the meetings are important and I hope we will have a positive end to the activity we have experienced over the last number of weeks.”