Local politicians to host special drop in meeting and advice surgery for Pinneys workers

politicians band together to save Pinneys
politicians band together to save Pinneys

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, Annandale South Councillor Sean Marshall and Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh will be hosting a special drop in meeting and advice surgery in Annan this Friday - April 13, for Pinneys of Annan workers and local residents.

The event is being held in partnership with Kate’s Kitchen, Bank Street, Annan and will run from 5.30pm to 7pm (or later if required). It will provide Pinneys workers and local residents with the chance to be updated by the local politicians on discussions they have had with Youngs Seafood, Government Ministers and other agencies. More importantly it will give staff and residents an opportunity to raise in groups or individually with the politicians any issues they have.

In addition, Colin, Sean and Archie are also holding a series of surgeries across Annandale and Eskdale earlier that day for those who can’t attend the special drop in event in Annan.

Those other advice surgeries will be held in

Langholm Town Hall – 12pm-12.45pm

Canonbie Public Hall – 1pm-1.45pm

Gretna Richard Greenhow Centre – 2pm-2.45pm

Annan Swimming Pool – 3pm-3.45pm

Eastriggs Nelson House – 4pm-4.45pm

All surgeries are open to anyone and no appointment is needed.

Colin Smyth MSP said: “I have been inundated by residents from Annan and beyond who are upset, angry and confused about the closure plans for Pinneys. That is why we have arranged this special drop in meeting and advice surgeries. It will allow people affected to come forward and raise any issues they want, either individually in private or in groups. It will also be an opportunity to update people on the discussions we have had with the company, trade unions, Government Ministers and other agencies. More importantly it will be a chance for Pinneys’ workers and local residents to share their views with us, so we can make sure their voices are heard when we have further discussions”

Councillor Sean Marshall said: “We’ve had a number of discussion with the company and Government and these will continue in the weeks ahead, including a meeting with Young’s Seafood Chief Executive next week. So we are asking people to come forward to share their views and also give us any questions they would like us pose to the company or Government. Whether it is workers, partners or anyone affected by the closure, we would urge people to come along to the drop in or get in touch at any time if they have any concerns or issues they want to raise”.

Councillor Archie Dryburgh said: “Although most workers at Pinneys live in Annan, we are conscious that a large number live in neighbouring towns, so people living in and around Langholm, Canonbie, Gretna and Eastriggs can pop in to speak to us at our surgeries in those towns earlier in the day or can get in touch with us at any time. The closure of Pinneys will have massive impact on Annan but also people living right across the area.”