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How the East was won

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 20th April 2016.

Mr. Ged Parker who worked for the Washington Development Corporation and was amateur Sky Diver in his leisure time.

Ged started by showing the initial request from Nissan after a bid to buy British Leyland Ghent plant failed in 1980. Nissan wanted an 800 acre site with flat aspect and appropriate ground strength, publically owned with necessary planning status, and availability by end 1981, also nearby utilities, straightforward access, port within15 miles, motorway within 10 miles, passenger rail within 10 miles (not freight), and airport within 15 miles.

The Sunderland site was one of 15 sites to be considered, and it was decided that three authorities would combine to give one bid from the area (Tyne & Wear County Council, Borough of Sunderland Council and the Washington Development Corporation who had the most experience in the type of work).

Ged went on to highlight the important decision points and eventually why Nissan decided to choose the Sunderland bid.

Questions on several points were asked at the end of the presentation to end a very good morning.

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