Reader letter: Homes will go on Colman’s site

The Colman's site at Carrow. 
Photo: Bill Smith

The Colman's site at Carrow. Photo: Bill Smith

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I am as sorry as the next man that Colmans and Britvic are leaving Norwich but there are issues which must be faced.

If Chloe Smith MP thinks new industry will move onto the Carrow site after closure then I am willing to bet she is wrong (EDP, January 9).

Unilever do not give a jot where their products are made, and neither do the majority of their customers. It is the brand name that sells.

I am willing to wager the only industry that will enter that site again will be the building industry. Our government is goading councils to build enormous numbers of new houses in the next 20 years and for that they need land. The Carrow site is large, plus it is in a prime location.

Add into the mix the county council who are actively inviting and assisting companies such as Unilever to relocate. They want jobs for their residents and big names on their sites.

I am sorry if all of this is not what those affected want to hear, but I am convinced that this is the future for the Carrow site.

As for it being “too early” for Unilever to decide on the future of the site.

Well, you can imagine that this is the way that large, well run companies work if you must.

I think that they know exactly what will happen. The only business operating there will perhaps be a convenience store if the new local residents are lucky.

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