Hereford’s newspaper distributor Smiths News has announced it will be relocating to Gloucester to make way for the road, which will link Edgar Street to Commercial Road.
Ten people will be made redundant.
This comes on top of Rockfield DIY and other Barrs Court Trading Estate redundancies, fully or in part due to council demands to relocate.
But one mighty boulder still stands in the path of the council’s steamroller: the sorting office. And Royal Mail are being admirably obstinate.
It’s a shame that Smiths News, which is sheltered by the Royal Mail site, could not’ve been a little bit stubborn itself to protect the jobs of its employees (or perhaps this is giving them the excuse they need to do a little cost-cutting/profit-boosting of their own).
Throughout this link road development process the council have given next to no protection for workers. The options many businesses are given for relocation have often been unsuitable; ‘get out the way fast or we will crush you’ is the advice offered to many.
This £27m road continues to wreak maximum damage, and Smiths News will not be the last casualty.
John Jarvis’ pile of skulls must be getting pretty high.