Workers’ fury at plans to move depot out of Isle

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A grime fighting team is urging council chiefs to scrap plans to close their depot and move them out of the Isle.

North Lincolnshire Council has started a consultation over cost cutting plans to move workers based at Ealand Operational Depot to a site in Scunthorpe.

The Neighbourhood and Environment Services team is responsible for maintaining public spaces and tackling graffiti across the Isle of Axholme.

The council stressed this week that no decisions had been taken.

But the eight workers affected, Mick Standish, Bob Peterson, Steve Cook, Ian Watson, Richard Gravill, Neil Starkey, Chris Watson and Richard Catley, fear they will not be able to provide the same level of service locally from a base outside of the Isle.

Mr Standish said: “We want them to find other ways of saving money without closing our depot.

“We feel we have worked hard for 11 or 12 years to improve the environment for both local residents and visitors to the area.

“We have been told staff need ‘a real commitment to putting customers first’. We feel that closing the Isle team depot will have the opposite effect, and a detrimental impact on the residents of the Isle.”

A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council said: “No formal decision has been made, though staff have been consulted on the possible closure of the Ealand depot and relocating staff to Scunthorpe.

“In the event that the relocation does goes ahead, we would seek to protect and enhance the current service provided by the team in the Isle of Axholme area.”