Just 11 staff left at pensions complex

Norcross civil service site.
Norcross civil service site.
Have your say

Hundreds of civil service workers have now been relocated from their jobs at Norcross – leaving just 11 at the site which was once home to 1,200 staff.

So far 1,000 civil servants working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have moved to Peel Park on Brunel Way at Westby.

The 11 remaining employees have yet to be transferred to their new offices as part of a massive shake-up of the civil service on the Fylde coast.

The decision to relocate staff was announced by the DWP in June last year after bosses deemed the Norcross site was surplus to requirements.

Around 200 staff, working in the Shared Services department of the DWP, which provides an administration role, have remained at Norcross but moved into Tomlinson House, currently home to 400 workers from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.

A DWP spokeswoman said: “Most of around 1,200 staff working at the Norcross site have new permanent locations.

“The majority of staff have moved with their existing roles to their new locations at either Peel Park or Warbreck House.

“In recognition of the change of location the department has offered to pay an excess fares allowance for up to five years and has also entered into a contract with Blackpool Transport to provide a public transport solution, and this is going well.

“Work is on-going with each of the 11 remaining staff who are still to be redeployed and we hope to have permanent solutions identified as soon as possible.

“If this is not possible before the last staff vacate the building later this month, we will temporarily house these staff at Warbreck House while we continue to work with them on this.”

Union leaders said some people had left the civil service rather than relocate.

Secretary of the Fylde Central Benefits and Services Branch of the PCS Duncan Griffiths said: “A number of people have left Norcross due to the situation.

“There was an exit scheme in one area and some indicated that due to the closure of Norcross, and them being outside of mobility to Peel Park, they wanted to leave.”

Telereal Trillium, which owns the 18-hectare Norcross site, has submitted plans to Wyre Council for the redevelopment of the land to include 150 flats or houses, a supermarket, family pub, and small scale employment units.