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Britvic and Unilever’s Carrow Works site to be put up for sale as exit from Norwich looms

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 26 September 2018

The Carrow Works site. Picture: Archant library

The Carrow Works site. Picture: Archant library

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Norwich’s Carrow Works site, home to the departing Britvic and Unilever companies, will be put up for sale next month.

Norwich City Council Labour leader Alan Waters. Picture: Ian BurtNorwich City Council Labour leader Alan Waters. Picture: Ian Burt

And council officers are hoping millions of pounds of funding could be secured to help regenerate the site.

Britvic announced it was to close its factory on the site, near Trowse, last December.

That decision also prompted site neighbour Unilever to announce it would close its Colman’s Mustard factory.

More than 300 workers at the two companies are to lose their jobs when the companies leave the site by the end of next year.

At a meeting of Norwich City Council on Tuesday, Labour leader Alan Waters revealed that the site was about to be put up for sale.

He said meetings between senior managers from the two companies, the city and county councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership had been held in June and August.

He said those meetings had focused on two main issues.

The first was lobbying the companies to provide “the maximum support” for the future welfare of the workforce, including “good redundancy packages and help to find quality employment opportunities”.

But he said: “Secondly, the city council and its partners continue to work proactively to secure a positive future for the site, particularly focussing on the importance of securing future employment generation to try to offset the loss of over 300 jobs that will result from the closure of the food and drink production issues.”

Mr Waters said he and his counterpart at County Hall had signed a joint letter to the chief executives of both companies seeking a commitment to “leave a lasting legacy from the redevelopment of the site that would benefit local communities in Norwich”.

He said: “In response, both companies have confirmed that they have instructed a single property agent to look after the marketing and sale of the site and are planning to bring this to market in October 2018.”

And he added: “We will continue with our discussions to secure the future development of the site and officers are due to meet with Homes England to explore the potential to attract regeneration funding to assist this process.”

Britvic workers have recently been striking over the terms of their redundancy packages.

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