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Weymouth and Portland Borough Council chiefs seek new venues for staff
MOVES are being made to open up a prime Weymouth town centre site for development and seek new venues for council staff.
Behind the scenes discussions by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council chiefs to sell off the North Quay HQ and investigate alternative sites for staff are ongoing.
A report on the options available will come before councillors at November’s meeting of the management committee, environment director David Evans told the September meeting.
Councillors have agreed to sell the North Quay site and relocate to smaller premises in a move to save money. The building is among the council’s assets being disposed of following a review.
The annual running costs of the building are around £250,000 per year and some major expenditure will be required to fund its upkeep.
The council’s budget working group has suggested using suitable available accommodation such as Crookhill Depot at Chickerell instead of building new offices.
Flexible working and more employees working from home will help to achieve this. But the council will need some sort of town centre presence.
Councillor Mike Byatt asked the management committee if a move to the Mulberry Centre in Commercial Road was a ‘done deal’ as it had been mentioned at Dorset County Council.
Finance spokesman Peter Chapman said the site was being assessed for suitability but no deals had been struck.
David Evans told the committee that work was going on in relation to the disposal of North Quay, and that officers had been advised by valuers about getting the best capital sum.
He said work was also being undertaken to identify suitable sites for staff.
Mr Evans said a ‘comprehensive’ report including a timetable will come before councillors in November.
Westwey Road and North Quay are listed in the draft Local Plan as redevelopment sites for mixed uses including residential, hotel, commercial and small-scale retail.
Architects working on the fire station development have been appointed by the council to produce a scheme for North Quay.
It is understood a traditional residential development with some commercial use is envisaged.
Coun Byatt said after the meeting: “North Quay is a major site for the town as well as generating a capital receipt for the borough.
“We need to be having conversations with potential developers.”
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