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Town Hall move to save council millions

Published: 15th Feb 2012

Please note this is an archived Press Release

A COUNCIL is aiming to save millions of pounds by moving away from an outdated town hall base in need of major repairs.

Eston Town Hall has been one of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's main administrative buildings, but the venue is set to be pulled down and the 3.4-acre site put up for sale.

Council employees who previously worked from the Fabian Road base have already been transferred to other offices.

The building had a £2.4m backlog of repairs needed to bring it up to scratch and, with the authority facing significant financial challenges, the disposal of the town hall is viewed as the best option for the future.

With the neighbouring James Finegan Hall already closed down, the overall site will be marketed as a prime development opportunity.

The move is part of the Council's drive to generate cash by disposing of buildings and land that are surplus to requirements.

Civic facilities are being relocated, with full council and other larger political meetings taking place at Eston's City Learning Centre, on Normanby Road.

The Leader and Deputy Leader's office, together with offices for political groups, have temporarily moved to the City Learning Centre until new facilities are available within the £31m Redcar Leisure & Community Heart scheme.

The Mayor's office has been temporarily relocated to Kirkleatham Museum, before also switching to Redcar in 2013.

The town hall closure also provides an environmental boost as it is the authority's worst-performing building for carbon dioxide emissions.

Councillor Norman Pickthall, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: "Given the reduction in council staff over the last two years, it makes sense to vacate the town hall and utilise our other buildings more effectively."

Councillor George Dunning, Leader of the Council, said: "The town hall has served us well over the years, but it is time to move on and the Council will still be retaining a strong presence in the Greater Eston area.

"Customer services previously provided at the town hall are now based at the £17m Low Grange Health Village, where the new Library@South Bank and one-stop shop have proved extremely popular.
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