Statement from James Farrar, Interim Head of Paid Services at York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, on the future of Anglo American’s Woodsmith Project

“The announcement surrounding the future of Anglo American’s Woodsmith Project is understandably of concern to the many staff, and associated businesses, which depend on the long-term viability of the site.

“The mine is a major regional employer, drawing its workforce from Scarborough, Whitby and other nearby rural and urban areas. While York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority (YNYCA) is disappointed to learn of Anglo American’s decision to slow development at the Woodsmith Project, we consider the mine integral to our economic ambitions as a region.

“The Combined Authority and the York and North Yorkshire Mayor have, therefore, committed to ensuring every affected employee at the Woodsmith Project is connected to opportunities for reemployment, skills training and small-business support.

“I’d like to reassure those affected workers that we are listening to you and that through a multi-agency approach we will ensure you have access to the full range of available support services. Meanwhile we will continue to work closely with Anglo American in navigating this challenging period and supporting the company’s long-term commitment to polyhalite fertiliser extraction in our region”.

Published on Thursday 20 June