Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "Goodyear has informed us of its plans to close its Stafford Road site with the loss of 330 jobs".

"This is extremely disappointing news and we are seeking an urgent meeting with the company.

"While we recognise Goodyear is a global business that has to make global decisions, we would urge the company, which has a deep rooted history with the city, to reconsider this decision.

"Should the worst happen, we will work with Goodyear to explore what support can be offered to those facing redundancy, and draw on the help and advice of trade unions and partners to provide new training opportunities.

"A number of companies in the area are growing and we will do as much as possible to ensure those local people affected are able to compete for the new jobs being created by these businesses."

  • released: Thursday 25 June, 2015