Jobs slashed despite Prolog plan progress

BLAMING DELAYS: John McMillan criticised Babergh District Council over delays to Prolog's expansion plans.
BLAMING DELAYS: John McMillan criticised Babergh District Council over delays to Prolog's expansion plans.
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Up to 28 jobs will be cut by one of Sudbury’s key employers as it closes a call centre after losing clients and struggling to accommodate new business.

Marketing and logistics firm Prolog’s contact centre at Sulby House in North Street will be shut down following a month-long consultation with staff over redundancies.

Ian Dignum, strategic development director at the company, which employs more than 400 people, said: “The number of jobs put at risk is 28, the whole contact centre team.”

The news was lamented by John McMillan, president of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, who hit out at delays imposed on the company’s bid to build new offices and industrial units, creating 500 new jobs, at Church Field Road in Sudbury, by Babergh District Council.

The planning application was approved a year ago but has been held up by negotiations between Prolog and the district council regarding contributions to offset the development’s impact.

A new draft agreement for the section 106 contributions, including £70,000 for a “planting belt” around the site, has been sent out for public consultation and could go back before the council on June 12.

For the full story see this week’s Free Press.