LARGE SCALE INVESTMENT OF £75 MILLION PLANNED FOR BALLYMONEY AREA IF PLANNING GETS APPROVED.
A planning application is expected in May for the redevelopment of the former Lovell and Christmas food processing plant at Bann Road, Ballymoney to incorporate new automated, first of its kind food processing plant with associated ancillary accommodation and site works.
Seeing £75 million of private investment and the creation of circa 350-400 directed jobs, plus over 2000 indirect and the securing of 2000 existing jobs.
This would be a significant investment for not only Ballymoney but neighbouring villages in the Borough
The site was a large employer in the local area until a fire destroyed the factory on 20th June 1998. The Lovell and Christmas factory at Ballymoney had been slaughtering 13,000 pigs a week, which was roughly 40 per cent of the average weekly pig slaughterings in Northern Ireland at the time.
When contacted by Fuse Fm, local Councillor for the area Ivor Wallace said if reports are true it will be a very welcome boost for the local economy and would be a huge boost for Ballymoney.
Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce President Winnie Mellett stated that such a large scale investment in the area would be very welcomed, bringing jobs into the area which would benefit everyone.
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