Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance has joined the fight to save Tesco in Kirkcaldy from closure.
Following the announcement that the town centre supermarket is set to close on April 4 with the loss of 189 jobs, Mr Torrance spent time talking with management and staff on what he could do to help, and he also raised the matter at First Minister’s Questions in Parliament yesterday.
He said: “This is devastating news not only for the employees, but for the High Street and other local traders in the area, as it will undoubtedly impact significantly on the footfall within the town centre.
“The loss of the Post office in such a central location, lying in close proximity to the bus station, will undoubtedly impact on everyone, especially the elderly and those with disabilities, who rely on the ease of access through the use of public transport. With this in mind I have written to the Post Office asking them to review the situation as a matter of urgency and let me know what proposals they intend to put in place to ensure the continued provision of the services they provide.
“I also put a question in the chamber today to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon on this issue and her response was: ‘My thoughts are with all of those affected by the announcement made by Tesco yesterday. The Deputy First Minister John Swinney spoke to Fife Council this morning in respect of the Kirkcaldy store and gave a commitment that the Scottish Government would work with the council to support the affected employees.
‘PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment, the Scottish Government initiative to help people facing redundancy) has already been in contact with TESCO to offer support for employees that may be facing redundancy and information on PACE has been provided to the company. We understand that the company will seek to minimise redundancy through redeployment and alternative roles within the company. PACE representatives will also work with the company to provide a tailored package of support to minimise the time that those affected by redundancy are out of work.’”
Mr Torrance concluded: “I will continue to do my utmost to work with any agencies involved in seeking solutions to the many issues raised by the proposed closure of Tesco’s in the hope of minimising the detrimental impact that this will have, not only on those staff facing redundancy, but on the area as a whole.”