Farm Foods urged to try harder to keep Nelson store
5:00pm Monday 1st October 2012 in News
FRESH demands are being made to ensure town hall bosses do more to help persuade Farm Foods to remain in Nelson.
The chain’s store in the Pendle Rise shopping centre is set to close at Christmas.
But opposition councillors, led by Coun Eileen Ansar, have demanded to know what efforts are being made to convince Farm Foods that Nelson is undergoing a revival and they should reverse their decision.
Council leader Coun Joe Cooney said: “Along with our officers I have been trying to secure a meeting with Farm Foods over the future of the Nelson branch but, to date, it has not been possible.”
He said the management had been ‘difficult to get hold of’, but said efforts would continue to be made for face-to-face talks.
Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Labour group leader, said: “We are almost in October and the store closes in two months.
“I think it is important that the leader redoubles his efforts on this.”
Speaking later, Coun Ansar said: “It is a scandal that the leader of the council still has not managed to secure a meeting with Farm Foods.”