Petition to save CITB handed to Norfolk MP
PUBLISHED: 17:15 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 29 June 2018
A petition to save the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has been signed by thousands of workers and villagers.
It received 2,130 signatures from residents in Docking and the surrounding villages and was handed to North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham.
Vicar of Docking and Bircham, Reverend Peter Cook, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses and community outlets that held copies of the petition and enabled local people to sign them. The fact that we had so many local businesses willing to do this for us is a sign of the strength of local feeling.”
The CITB is proposing to move its headquarters from Bircham Newton to a site in Peterborough.
Sir Henry Bellingham, who had recently met the new CITB chairman Peter Lauener, stated the move would be “disastrous” and commended the determination of the CITB staff in fighting for “this world class organisation.”
The regional co-ordinating officer of trade union Unite, Mark Robinson, said: “Our members believe that a move to Peterborough or anywhere else will result in the creation of a huge skills gap which will damage the training received by construction workers.
“Our members’ concerns are reflected in the concerns of the local community. They recognise that the CITB plays a crucial role in north west Norfolk.
“The loss of such a large number of jobs will have a devastating effect on the local economy.”