Axe fears for future of site

Norcross civil service site and (below) PCS Union representative, Branch Chairman Duncan Griffiths.

Norcross civil service site and (below) PCS Union representative, Branch Chairman Duncan Griffiths.

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FEARS have been raised the Department for Works and Pensions will close one of its Fylde coast facilities.

Union leaders believe either Peel Park or Norcross could be shut down following a review of sites across the Fylde coast.

PCS Union representative, Branch Chairman Duncan Griffiths.

PCS Union representative, Branch Chairman Duncan Griffiths.

However, DWP bosses say they are committed to the area, no jobs will be lost, and no decisions have yet been taken.

Secretary of the Fylde Central Benefits and Services branch of the Public and Commercial Services Union Duncan Griffiths said: “We are concerned another major site may close. Lytham St Annes (Moorland Road) has already shut for DWP business.

“We are aware senior management have said they are not aware of any proposals to close the site, however the review of the estate is clearly going ahead.”

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The DWP has workers at three sites across the Fylde coast: Norcross, Warbreck and Peel Park.

Norcross staff have been told in a letter a review is taking place of the Fylde coast and Preston hub.

It states: “The hub strategy is consistent with the DWP approach to look at the reducing corporate centre.”

Mr Griffiths added: “We believe when a site is closed that is it, the chance of any jobs moving to the area in the future is diminished.”

Branch chairman Martin Jones said there was insufficient public transport to help workers reach Peel Park if necessary.

A DWP spokesman said: “There will be no job losses as a result of this review. No final decision has been taken about the future use of our buildings on the Fylde coast and we are committed to having an ongoing presence in the area.

“DWP is currently looking at how it can best use its buildings to see if efficiency savings can be made, and discussions will take place with the trade unions and staff at the appropriate time.”

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