Trinity Mirror have let the staff know that the plan is to relocate the Daily Post offices five miles east to a ‘modern facility’ in Colwyn Bay at Bryn Eirias, on Abergele Road, ending the Daily Post’s 16 year association with its current office in Vale Road, Llandudno Junction.
A range of reasons for the move have been given, including the new site having better internet access. It is confirmed the Daily Post will continue to be printed in Oldham.
Referring to the Lidl press release yesterday, staff were told, “We are disappointed a third party released information ahead of contracts being finalised. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”
There is no specific date for the move given, however it is expected in the Spring.
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Concerns over the future of the Daily Post office in Llandudno Junction have been raised after Lidl announced a new store will be built there, news that has come as a shock to the publication’s staff.
Usually Lidl or Aldi opening or planning to open a new store comes with stories and wrap around adverts on the Daily Post website however the press release issued earlier has yet to surface, as it references a ‘former’ Daily Post office – and we are told staff have been told to hold off from reporting on it for now.
The press release by Lidl is firm with their intentions, “The substantial investment in the community will see Lidl building a sustainable 1424m2 store with plans to create up to 40 new jobs locally. The supermarket will boast state of the art facilities including an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilet and ample parking.”
The newspaper office in Llandudo Junction is very much current, with Daily Post staff wondering why various contractors had been seen around ‘sizing the place up’ over the last few months.
There is no indication where the Daily Post office could move to, with Colwyn Bay, St Asaph or even the Chester Chronicle offices being a possible destination. One long term fear is the north wales title could be run from Liverpool, or even Cardiff.
One Trinity Mirror insider told us, “The fact that staff working hard at the office have found out they could be moving where they work through a press release from a supermarket chain leaves a bitter taste.
“There have been concerns about moving office for months which have not been properly addressed, despite repeated requests.
“For a communication company, there has been a distinct lack of communication to staff.”
Helpfully for Post staff the release says: “The company hopes to submit a planning application in the coming weeks and anyone wanting to find out more information can call 0800 089 0361.”
We will link to the report on the Post about the consultation event, if they are allowed to report it.
As we write this an article has appeared on the BBC News website where Trinity Mirror’s Chief Executive Simon Fox was talking up the group as expected, noting their important regional role as ‘there are less and less journalists covering local councils, and local schools, and local police forces’ – although Trinity Mirror reporters at local Council meetings are a rarity. Mr Fox was also asked about newspaper closures, telling the BBC “…we will close titles – largely free titles – and it may be that more and more of our news is available on mobile sites and websites.” – more here.