'Devastating' blow to area says ex-union man
THE Creative Foods news has shocked the community.
Former Unite union representative Gordon Jennings (pictured) said this was 'devastating' for Watcombe.
He said: "It's not the richest part of town. There's no other facility in the close proximity.
"We used to have a similar facility in Paignton, but that went to the wall.
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"People are working on low wages already and yet these companies all pull out of the area.
"Britain has been turned into a spare part country. All these foreign businesses come and go as they please and the working man gets left behind.
"This news is devastating for the area especially with the new welfare reforms on the way."
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders said the news was a great pity.
He added: "It is awful. Was the TDA aware of this before the company went ahead with this?
"The TDA is there to ensure the reverse happens — jobs are created and companies come to the Bay.
"A single job loss in this current climate is bad. Ninety is a tragedy."
Watcombe ward councillor and Lib Dem leader Steve Darling added: "The key thing is how we can assist these people in finding other jobs in what is a difficult market locally.
"This is a sustainable in-town site. If all these jobs are lost let's ensure the site does not gather dust and becomes a blot on the community, but it is put to employment again."
Workers at the Watcombe site did not want to make any comments about the proposal and possible redundancies.
One local employee did say: "It's not very good news, is it?"