Labour councillor Martin Farmer has asked South Gloucestershire’s Tory Council leadership to investigate a possible major business and jobs opportunity.
The Ministry of Defence recently announced that it would buy what they call “Boxer” armoured vehicles in a deal worth over £4bn, with a new build line for the Boxer vehicles being created in the UK. This new build line should bring hundreds of new, skilled jobs, with significant spin offs into the rest of the economy.
Councillor Farmer used today’s Cabinet meeting to ask the council and West of England Combined Authority to investigate the opportunities for bringing this build line to the area, having previously discussed it with council officials.
Councillor Farmer says:
“We have a skilled workforce here in South Gloucestershire and one of major manufacturers of the Boxer has an engineering office in Bradley Stoke. Rolls-Royce also has a major involvement in the Boxer from one of its overseas divisions.
I have asked the council's leadership, and through them the West of England Combined Authority, to establish with the relevant Government and Industry bodies if a build line for the Boxer is still a live business opportunity. If it is, we should be pursuing it in order to bring further significant economic benefits to our area.”