For immediate release:
Commenting on news that the receiver of the SSI site is to close the coke ovens because no buyer can be found, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“Clearly this is devastating news. The government must now step in, take the plant into temporary public ownership, and protect and preserve these vital industrial assets. Keeping the coke ovens running and mothballing the blast furnace effectively would give Teesside steel the chance of a future. A hard closure will just leave a community devastated and taxpayers picking up the cost of cleaning the site.”
For more information, contact Matt Ball on 07799 772250 or Callum Munro on 07821 250904.