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Darwen historic mill set for demolition
AN historic Darwen paper mill is set to be demolished and could be replaced with a biomass plant, a councillor claims.
More than 100 jobs will go at Hollins Mill, in Hollins Road, currently home to DS Smith Paper Ltd, after the firm decided to concentrate at its other plants in Devon, Kent and Somerset. Demolition plans were sumbitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council this week.
Yesterday, when approached by the Lancashire Telegraph, a worker said “there’s no future for the firm in Darwen”, but added that staff had signed a confidentiality agreement to stay quiet.
Coun Pete Hollings, of the ruling Labour Party on Blackburn with Darwen Council, said it was “very sad” that the jobs were going, but there was likely to be a positive outcome for the town. He said: “A company called Aeternum have bought the site and have entered into a confidentiality agreement with the council. They want to build a biomass plant at the site, which will lead to a lot of skilled jobs. But this will be over a number of years. Demolishing the mill isn’t going to be a mean feat.”
DS Smith Paper Ltd, formerly known as St Regis, announced last year that it was looking to end production at the site by the end of 2012, and that staff had entered talks with Unite the union.
Coun Dave Smith said: “It’s very sad. They are good, skilled jobs at Hollins Mill. It’s also a shame to lose an historic mill site in the town.”
Hollins Mill has manufactured paper since 1845, and is the only manufacturer of high-quality recycled presentation liners in the UK. It also produces mottle, brown testliners and chip paper.
Neither Aeternum, DS Smith Paper Ltd or Unite were available for comment.
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