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It's 'bye, bye' Blairlinn

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Wednesday, 13th July, 2011.
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NORTH Lanarkshire Council's three year saving plan took its next victim earlier last month as the Council's Blairlinn Depot closed.
The Depot, which used to service North Lanarkshire Council and sub-contractor, Amey, vehicles has been closed due to North Lanarkshire Council budget reductions, which will see the staff and operations of the centre moved to the nearby Wardpark facility.
A North Lanarkshire Council source suggested that the closure savings could provide £50'000 worth of savings, "in the first year, which will allow us to protect as many jobs as possible."

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Commenting, after the announcement, Kenneth Wilson, Head of Land Services at North Lanarkshire Council, told us: “Management posts within Land Services have been reduced as part of the council’s savings requirement. As a result, the way we deliver services has to be reorganised and centralised.

“We aim to close the Blairlinn depot, currently a base for grounds maintenance staff. They will move to the Wardpark depot, while waste management staff at Wardpark will move to Souterhouse, which will become an operational hub servicing the whole of Coatbridge, Airdrie and the Northern Corridor.

“Similar moves are going on across the Environmental Services team as we work towards creating a structure that will operate efficiently and make best use of available resources. There will be no reduction in service provision.”  

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