Journalists work from Welsh council building after closure of district office

A council is providing Newsquest weekly The Free Press with free office space in Pontypool – three months after the company closed its office in the town.

According to a BBC Wales report the paper had been based in Pontypool for 150 years until Newsquest shut the office last November and moved staff to the South East Wales headquarters in Newport.

The closure, along with that of the Cwmbran office, resulted in five redundancies at the company, which also publishes the South Wales Argus.

The leader of Torfaen Council, Bob Wellington, told the BBC:

A vibrant local paper is important as it can play a key role in providing a forum for residents to make their voices heard.

The arrangement allows The Free Press to use an office in the civic centre in Pontypool every Friday free of charge.

Newsquest East Wales and Gloucestershire publisher Kevin Ward said:

Our decision to close our Pontypool office was not taken lightly.

Although our reporters and photographers remain active in the town and it is easy to get in touch with them in a variety of ways, this gesture by the council allows gives our readers another point of contact.

The Free Press remains committed to Pontypool and the surrounding area, as it has been throughout its proud history.

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