Calls centre is shutting down

Leigh Police Station, Chapel Street, Leigh
Leigh Police Station, Chapel Street, Leigh

LEIGH’S police calls centre is to shut as part of a move to save £134m by 2015.

The closure will save £5m and all workers have been offered positions at other centres in Trafford, Claytonbrook and Tameside.

All call-handlers or radio operators currently working at Leigh have been guaranteed a position in the new structure - which currently has 231 vacancies.

Paul Murphy, Chairman of GMPA said: “Leigh is the smallest operational communications room, involves fewer staff and the new location at Trafford is larger and will accommodate all staff relocated from Leigh. All call-handlers and radio operators who wish to remain working for the Force have been guaranteed a position within the new model, plus there are a number of vacancies within the branch. “

The news comes in the same week that it was revealed that from Tuesday, April 12, the front desk at Atherton will close to the public. The desks at Wigan and Leigh will remain open, but with shorter hours.

Unison regional organiser Jim Moodie said: “Morale is low among our staff members. For those looking to stay in their positions, they are being forced to not only change their shifts, but also to try and get to the other side of Greater Manchester. Many have opted for voluntary redundancy.”