Friday, 22 January 2010

Egger visit

Just back from a marathon morning in West Hexham and then visiting Egger - to get a better understanding of how the company is faring.
Had a good chat with Bob Livesey and heard about recent investments at the factory, how they are weathering the recession and got a better understanding of their plans for environmental improvements and noise reduction . We also talked about the impact on their raw material costs of the Government’s approach to wood fired biomass power stations. A great idea in principle, but which is now the author of a lot of unforeseen consequences - some of which look likely to be harmful to the environment.
Then went off to Snods Edge and Shotley Bridge where the Martells kindly organised a party for the locals to come and grill me on a variety of topics; a significant number came from all over South Tynedale - a good evening was had by all.