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Former Halls of Broxburn plant turned to rubble

Only a couple of years ago it was a thriving business, employing 1700 people in the West Lothian community.

BULLDOZED: Work on the Halls site at Broxburn, which closed around two years ago, as contractors turn it into a brown field site. Picture: Gordon Terris
BULLDOZED: Work on the Halls site at Broxburn, which closed around two years ago, as contractors turn it into a brown field site. Picture: Gordon Terris

Now the disused Halls of Broxburn, which for decades made haggis, black pudding and sauages for the nation's breakfast tables, is nothing more than a pile of rubble.

The demolition plan is nearing completion, following its closure in February last year, after Dutch owners Vion agreed a deal to sell the Hall's brand and recipes. The site is set to be cleared by the end of next month.

Only one building remains, the chilled area where food was stored before being dispatched.

Richard McCulloch, director of Dem Master, which is demolishing the site said: "There is not much left to do at all and work will be completed in a few weeks. There may be a prospective buyer who may develop the site."

Vion Food Group purchased the Broxburn plant in August 2008.

By July 2012, the company said it was recording "unsustainable losses" at the meat processing plant, which was handling 8000 pigs per week. It revealed the plant was losing £79,000 per day at the site, due to "significant over-capacity in the UK meat industry".

The decision to close was announced in October 2012 after Vion rejected two offers for the site, saying neither had been "viable". Hundreds of butchers, packers and other workers left the plant during the phased closure which was completed in February last year.

The Scottish government and West Lothian Council said at the time they would work together to find alternative employment for those affected by the closure.

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