MP Francis Maude ‘deeply saddened’ by plans to close Horsham Novartis

JPCT 270913 S13390528x Damovo. Horsham. Francis Maude -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 270913 S13390528x Damovo. Horsham. Francis Maude -photo by Steve Cobb

Horsham MP Francis Maude said this week he is ‘deeply saddened’ by the news Novartis plans to close its Horsham site.

He branded it a ‘devastating blow’ to employees and their families.

Mr Maude told the County Times he would expect the future use of the site off Parsonage Road to be for business.

“I’ve always been proud that cutting edge research, conducted by top-class scientists, has taken place within my constituency but, having spoken with senior managers from Novartis UK, I fully understand that the decision to propose closure is no reflection on Horsham, our regional economy or infrastructure, or indeed that of the UK,” Mr Maude told the County Times.

“Novartis is a truly international company and the decision has been taken as part of an on-going strategic review of their operations across the globe.”

He continued: “That said, it is a regrettable decision and my thoughts are with all the individuals who will be affected.

“We are fortunate that Horsham has relatively low unemployment, but nonetheless I will be discussing with West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council what can be done to bring new jobs to replace those being lost at Novartis.”

The MP said Novartis’ plans will have a knock-on effect on local suppliers and other businesses.

Pick up tomorrow’s County Times (Thursday November 7) to read the full interview