A publisher has announced plans to close a weekly newspaper office and move its journalists to a base in a neighbouring town.
It says the move has been put forward because of a ‘significant reduction in footfall’ for its front counter and is proposing to cut two receptionist roles and a cleaner.
The proposals come as the Guardian prepares to switch to a tabloid size on 19 May after 174 years as a broadsheet.
Plans to close the Lancaster office were announced to staff last Wednesday by Darren Russell, managing director of Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers Ltd, who said there would be extensive consultation.
The announcement said: “Following a detailed review of activity at the front counter, showing the significant reduction in footfall through the front counter, it is proposed to close this branch office.
“As a result of this proposal there would be a reduction of two front counter roles, one cleaner and the relocation of the editorial team to Morecambe.
“Prior to any implementation, we will consult extensively. During this consultation process we will explain the procedure, consider all alternatives, examine ways of mitigating the effects of this proposal, determine redundancy terms and address any other issues that may arise.
“We anticipate that this consultation process will be complete by end May 2011.
“In the event this proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact of the proposal through re-deployment into alternative positions within the company and the group.”