Gigafactory at Coventry Airport one step closer with the launch of the consultation
THE PLANNED gigafactory for Coventry Airport, which will save tens of thousands of jobs and create 4,500 more, is one more step after the launch of a public consultation.
The survey runs until June 6 to assess the views of residents and the local community before proposals can be submitted.
In February, Coventry Airport was announced as the preferred location for a West Midlands gigafactory – a battery manufacturing plant that would supply the automotive industry – with Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd forming a joint venture partnership to advance a scheduling application.
Independent researchers The Faraday Institution estimates that failure to build a UK battery supply chain could cost more than 100,000 jobs by 2040.
In addition to creating 4,500 direct jobs, the Coventry Airport gigafactory would save tens of thousands of additional supply chain jobs and represent an investment of up to £ 2 billion in the West Midlands.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the consultation is being conducted online with multiple ways to engage with the proposals.
Councilor Jim O’Boyle, a member of the Jobs and Regeneration Cabinet at Coventry City Council, said it was an important step forward.
“Coventry, at the heart of the UK automotive industry, has access to talent, world-class research centers and a mature supply chain, all of which are essential to delivering a Gigafactory.”
He urged residents and the local community to consider the first proposals and have their say.
Andrew Bell, CEO of Regional City Airports, which owns and operates Coventry Airport, said the site was ideal for the project and added that he was happy to support the local partnership as proposals were presented.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we will work with the local community and others to ensure that the proposals bring the maximum possible benefit to the region and the region, and we encourage the local people to participate in consultation.”
Visit www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk for more information and how to express yourself.