Ford wants to use Swaythling site to refurbish Transit vans

Daily Echo: New scheme to develop Ford factory site to get go ahead New scheme to develop Ford factory site to get go ahead

PLANS for redevelopment on the site of Southampton’s former Ford factory could be given the green light today.

The last van rolled off the production line at the factory in Swaythling last July after the firm decided to move production to Turkey.

As previously reported, Ford has kept on 70 workers to work at a new refurbishment and distribution centre which would be on the site of the Transit plant in Swaythling.

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Sixty-four workers are also already working at a distribution centre in the docks which opened last year.

The company wants to use existing buildings at the rear of the site near to the M27 for use as the refurbishment centre.

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The new centre would operate from 6am to 10pm, and would initially deal with about 20 vehicles a day, although that is likely to rise to 50 eventually.

The site would also house an export distribution centre with vehicle jet washing.

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Ford says vehicles entering and leaving the site will do so via Wide Lane, rather than Mansbridge Road, which was the entry and exit point for the Transit plant.

Southampton City Council’s planning panel is due to discuss the plans today and they have been recommended to approve the plans by officers.

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Discussions are still ongoing about the future use of the rest of the site.

Ford has already said it expects it will be used for employment, and it is still in talks with the city council, Eastleigh Borough Council and other stakeholders.

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7:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

saint61 says...

This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation. saint61
  • Score: 2

8:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

loosehead says...

saint61 wrote:
This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)? loosehead
  • Score: -1

9:27am Tue 25 Mar 14

StevenAus says...

So we lost an entire factory of skilled workers to gain a jet wash!. The continued deskilling of the UK workforce continues. There was talk years ago of British Aerospace / Aerostructures expanding here for wing production, could they put it to good use now?. Hi to all my old colleagues at Hamble!.
So we lost an entire factory of skilled workers to gain a jet wash!. The continued deskilling of the UK workforce continues. There was talk years ago of British Aerospace / Aerostructures expanding here for wing production, could they put it to good use now?. Hi to all my old colleagues at Hamble!. StevenAus
  • Score: 4

9:29am Tue 25 Mar 14

saint61 says...

loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry. saint61
  • Score: 4

11:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

loosehead says...

saint61 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
What about expanding the airport to say International size?
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.[/p][/quote]What about expanding the airport to say International size? loosehead
  • Score: -1

11:29am Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
What about expanding the airport to say International size?
Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.[/p][/quote]What about expanding the airport to say International size?[/p][/quote]Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:40am Tue 25 Mar 14

loosehead says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
What about expanding the airport to say International size?
Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.
Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.[/p][/quote]What about expanding the airport to say International size?[/p][/quote]Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.[/p][/quote]Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads? loosehead
  • Score: -2

1:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Inform Al says...

loosehead wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
What about expanding the airport to say International size?
Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.
Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads?
Think you'll find that will put the end of the runway a bit close to Mansbridge. You'll have to wait till the CONservatives are running the council again as they love sh1tt1ng on Swaythling.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.[/p][/quote]What about expanding the airport to say International size?[/p][/quote]Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.[/p][/quote]Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads?[/p][/quote]Think you'll find that will put the end of the runway a bit close to Mansbridge. You'll have to wait till the CONservatives are running the council again as they love sh1tt1ng on Swaythling. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Tue 25 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

I thought this was already in operation? Why has this taken so long to get going? As for the rest of the site the only question they are asking Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council and other key stakeholders is this: How many flats?
I thought this was already in operation? Why has this taken so long to get going? As for the rest of the site the only question they are asking Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council and other key stakeholders is this: How many flats? 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

3:56pm Tue 25 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Inform Al wrote:
loosehead wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
saint61 wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.
In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?
Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building.
As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it.
Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.
What about expanding the airport to say International size?
Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.
Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads?
Think you'll find that will put the end of the runway a bit close to Mansbridge. You'll have to wait till the CONservatives are running the council again as they love sh1tt1ng on Swaythling.
Jerk! I've already said they could turn the runway West & over Southampton road onto the fields so what the hell has it got to do with Swaythling?
If this Labour council chaotic traffic management continues we'll be lucky to have one port less & it won't be a shipping port so why not develop this AIR port to it's full potential?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: This was always the plan prior to closure. Not sure why it has taken so long? The vans were already being refurbished in the building a year ago and the building suitably adapted. This is just Ford getting the authorisation.[/p][/quote]In your opinion is this the best use of the site or would it be better if another employer could be found(company)?[/p][/quote]Its the best use for the part of the site they are using and they have spent a lot of money refurbishing the building. As for the remainder of the site ( and its a huge area) it would be best if other employers develop it. Ford in Southampton is now just a very small industry.[/p][/quote]What about expanding the airport to say International size?[/p][/quote]Not possible and the Ford factory isn't within the airport zone since they built the Motorway. Fords are just waiting for the new promised boom, so that they can recommence building Transits, especially if Turkey gets invaded by Syria.[/p][/quote]Osprey why not do a Heathrow & put the run way above the roads?[/p][/quote]Think you'll find that will put the end of the runway a bit close to Mansbridge. You'll have to wait till the CONservatives are running the council again as they love sh1tt1ng on Swaythling.[/p][/quote]Jerk! I've already said they could turn the runway West & over Southampton road onto the fields so what the hell has it got to do with Swaythling? If this Labour council chaotic traffic management continues we'll be lucky to have one port less & it won't be a shipping port so why not develop this AIR port to it's full potential? loosehead
  • Score: -5

4:11pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Refurb all the Junk what was Produced where is the vision, Re a new Stadium multi use its on our doorstep please make use of it!
Refurb all the Junk what was Produced where is the vision, Re a new Stadium multi use its on our doorstep please make use of it! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 1

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