Representatives from resident groups across Whitley, Stonehouse Estate and Cheylesmore had the chance to visit Jaguar Land Rover earlier this week.
The group were invited to hear about the company’s future plans in a visit arranged by Coventry Councillors.
Residents joined Cllr O’Boyle and Cheylesmore ward councillors on a tour of the Whitley site where they saw work underway on the new Powertrain testing facility and had the chance to ask questions about the company’s longer term expansion plans.
Cheylesmore Ward Councillor Richard Brown said, “I was really pleased we could give local people, who live as neighbours to such a big company, the chance to get on site and in front of the right people to hear first-hand about JLR’s future plans.
“Jaguar Land Rover is vital to the economic future of our city and it makes a big contribution to the city – creating well paid jobs, providing wonderful opportunities for young people through a range of apprenticeships and raising the profile of the city across the globe. But it sits alongside a residential area so it also has to be a good neighbour and I know it takes this seriously.
“The automotive sector is changing rapidly and JLR is set to play a key role in ensuring the UK leads the world in new innovation and development. The company is investing millions of pounds in new buildings and in cutting edge research and development but I hope people were reassured that they are trying to this carefully and sensitively. A good example of this is the car park which is under construction on site – it’s stepped back and will be surrounded by new trees to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Also – the new road layout at the company expands over the A45 has been designed to keep as much traffic as possible off local roads.
“I hope the visit helped to reassure people. But I want people to be reassured too that we will continue to work with JLR to ensure they are the best neighbour they can be.”
Local resident Rod King stated, after his visit to JLR, ” I was very impressed at the magnitude of JLR investment on the Whitley site and other associated sites in the area. I was also pleased to hear that the government backed “Faraday Challenge” selected our area to pioneer a new generation of vehicle batteries.
“Now the challenge I see is how everyone makes sure Coventry’s young people are inspired to want to work there as the future will offer a wide range of opportunities