Plaid Cymru Senedd Member writes to Elon Musk asking him to open new Tesla factory in Wales
A Plaid Cymru Senedd Member has written to Elon Musk asking him to open his new Tesla factory in Wales.
The party’s Economy Spokesperson, Luke Fletcher wrote to the billionaire to promote the old Ford factory as a potential site for Tesla’s new factory.
In the letter, Luke Fletcher advocated for the work ethic and skill of the local workforce and testified to the “legacy of four decades of being home to a car manufacturing sector in Wales”, and noted that Tesla “would be hard placed to find a better site in the whole of the UK”.
He added that it was an opportunity to “put Wales on the map as the place to build the cars of the future”, as well as to bring high skilled jobs to an area “devastated by the closure of Ford”.
The Bridgend engine plant, which employed 1000 people, closed its doors last September after 40 years of business.
Kevin Mofid, head of industrial research at Savills, told the Telegraph newspaper this week that Wales would be top of his list for a new plant, with the devolved Welsh government potentially offering support for any new investment.
However, Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has also made a direct pitch to Elon Musk on behalf of his own region, saying he would welcome Tesla “in a flash”.
Dear Mr Musk,
I write to you today regarding the location of the new Tesla factory in the United Kingdom and the potential that it could be located at the old Ford factory in Bridgend, Wales.
When Ford shut down its operation in Bridgend, 1,700 jobs were lost, our community was devastated, and the impact was felt across the supply chain throughout the south of Wales.
However, consider this. The former Ford factory in Bridgend remains a prime site and would be an ideal location for the new Tesla factory in the UK.
Born and raised in in Bridgend county, I can testify to the committed work ethic of the community, the skill of our workforce and the legacy of four decades of being home to a major car manufacturing sector in Wales. To this end I urge you to set up your new factory at the old Ford site.
Truly, you would be hard pressed to find a better site in the whole of the UK
I look forward to hearing from you,
Yours sincerely, Luke Fletcher – Member of the Senedd for South Wales West