Following news that Crewe Chronicle journalists will be working from home as part of a Trinity Mirror pilot, the leader of the local council has offered staff space in the council’s building.

Eight staff at the newspaper will find themselves without a desk to sit at when the Chronicle’s office closes in May. Rather than moving to new premises, Trinity Mirror is removing “costly infrastructure” by having reporters work from home.

However, Cheshire East Council’s leader, Michael Jones stated at the recent cabinet meeting:

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

“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, that 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 a space for them in there.”

He added:

“We need out local papers – they don’t always support me, which is fine and fair, but we need them to be vibrant and strong.”

It appears that the offer won’t be taken up by Trinity, which intends to go ahead with the home working pilot.