A delegation from Heathrow visited West Cumbria today to assess the region’s bid to benefit from the airport’s planned expansion.
Heathrow is creating four regional support hubs, in various locations, in order to spread the economic benefits of their expansion around the UK.
Sellafield Ltd submitted an expression of interest in turning the former Alcan site at Lillyhall into a ‘Heathrow Hub’ on behalf of their supply chain and local stakeholders, including Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Sue Hayman MP (Workington) and Trudy Harrison MP (Copeland).
If successful the site could be used as a base for logistics, manufacturing and construction. It has already made the ‘long-list’ after initial expressions of interest were whittled down from 121 to 65.
A delegation from Heathrow has been visiting each of the 65 sites over several months. As well as the Alcan site, the delegation visited the Port of Workington.
Head of community and development, Jamie Reed, and head of community relations, Gary McKeating, hosted the visit, which was also attended by stakeholders including Sue Hayman, Mark Fryer, deputy leader of Allerdale Borough Council, Pat Graham, the Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Council and John Grainger, from Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.