Regional publisher Newsquest is proposing to sell three newspaper offices in Gloucestershire and move staff to a central base ten miles away.
Journalists on four weekly titles, including the Stroud News & Journal, Wilts & Gloucester Standard, Gloucestershire Gazette and Gloucestershire Independent could be moved to new offices on the edge of an industrial estate at Tetbury.
The newspaper’s existing offices in Cirencester and Dursley will be put up for sale this week with the office in Stroud set to be next.
The proposed move is dependent on the company finding buyers for the existing premises.
Local councillors who are due to debate the matter tomorrow have been angered by the plans, but Newsquest bosses say that if the move does go ahead all staff will remain as active in the community as they are currently.
Kevin Ward publisher of Newsquest’s South East, Wales and Gloucester division said: “Newsquest Gloucestershire is proposing to relocate its staff into one building. This is purely a proposal at this stage and it may not happen.
“Our commitment to the areas served by our newspapers for many decades remains as strong as ever.
“If the proposal goes ahead our reporters and photographers, and our advertising sales staff, will continue to be as active in their local communities as they are at the moment.”
Stroud District Council is set to discuss a critical motion condemning the proposals in a meeting tomorrow night.
The motion proposed by Councillor Geoff Wheeler said: “This council recognises that local newspapers are at the centre of their communities. With this in mind Stroud District Council is totally opposed to the withdrawal of Stroud News and Journal and the Dursley Gazette from their communities and asks Newquest to think again about this proposal.”