MP gives vote of confidence to smelter site

Aerial view of the Lynemouth smelter site showing the demolition of the first of four potroom buildings.
Aerial view of the Lynemouth smelter site showing the demolition of the first of four potroom buildings.

AnMP has given a vote of confidence to the future of the former Alcan smelter site at Lynemouth, following a tour and talks with site owner and developer Harworth Estates.

Mr Lavery recently visited the 320-acre site to check on progress with its redevelopment.

“I’ve been greatly impressed by what I’ve seen and heard, both in terms of the ongoing demolition activities and Harworth Estates’ ambitions for this unique site,” he said.

Aluminium production ended at Lynemouth in March 2012, and Harworth Estates took over the site in April 2015. Since then, demolition has started on some of the buildings while others are being retained for alternative commercial uses to bring further employment back to the site.

Mr Lavery added: “This community has a proud industrial heritage but our priority now is to create a future of opportunity based on investment and long-term, secure jobs. Harworth Estates has my full backing for the role it is playing in delivering this brighter future.”

The former aluminium casting plant will remain, and is now home to Lynx Precast, specialists in the manufacture of precast concrete flooring systems.

In the spring, Harworth Estates will consult local residents and other interested parties on an outline masterplan for the site.