A weekly newspaper chosen to pilot a homeworking project has been offered a new base by the local council.
The move has since been criticised by local councillors, and now one has offered the paper a new home at the municipal buildings.
However Trinity looks set to reject the offer, with the homeworking experiment set to be rolled out to other titles if it succeeds.
The offer of a new base was made by Cheshire East council leader Michael Jones after the issue was raised at a council meeting on Monday.
He said: “It’s not for me to comment on a private company. What I would say is that I’m very happy to tender an offer to the Crewe Chronicle team that if they do want to be based somewhere, we can find a place for them in the Municipal Buildings.
“We have got a radio station in there. I’m sure we could find space for them in there.
“We need our local papers – they don’t always support me, which is fine and fair, but we need them to be vibrant and strong.”
Another councillor, Steve Hogben, said: “Crewe has lost all three of its newspaper offices, if this happens, in recent years and surely this is a backward step when Crewe is being promoted as a city.
“To me it’s extraordinary that a city shouldn’t have a newspaper office where people can drop in for whatever purpose suits them.”
However Trinity Mirror has indicated that it won’t be taking up the council’s offer.
A spokesman said: “We intend to go ahead with the pilot for a new way of working, as announced last week.”