Decision on Boosbeck Abattoir a Step Closer
A final decision on future action to be taken in respect of Boosbeck Abattoir is a step closer and the matter will be debated at a full council meeting on 30 July.
At a meeting of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet today, options to pursue a compulsory purchase order and serve a discontinuance notice on the abattoir to cease operations at the site – both options estimated to have cost local taxpayers £4m - were rejected.
The recommended options, which will now be debated at the full council meeting, are to engage with the business and directly help it to improve the premises and the environmental impact of the abattoir, as well as continuing to take enforcement action where this is appropriate and seeking a restriction to the opening hours of the business by agreement or, if necessary, by service of a discontinuation notice.
Councillor Dale Quigley, cabinet member for economic growth at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said:
“We fully appreciate and have listened to the concerns of local residents. However, we simply do not have £4million available to buy and relocate the abattoir. This would equate to an 8% council tax increase for everyone in the borough, or the loss of around 150 jobs.
“We have always been committed to working with local residents and the abattoir to try and resolve matters, and that commitment remains. We believe the options that we have recommended to full council take everything into account and are the most pragmatic way forward whilst keeping any costs to local taxpayers at a minimum.”
The matter will be debated at full council on 30 July.