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June 15, 2012

Local authority poised to reorganise its commercial premises

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Calderdale Council is poised to undertake reorganisation efforts in order to sell off its excess and no longer fit for purpose office space, it was recently reported.

Any and all council-owned commercial premises in Halifax are currently being examined in order to determine which of them will be modernised and refurbished and which will be sold off. The budget for the modernisation scheme stands at around £12 million and is designed to make it possible to enable around 1,000 public sector workers who currently have positions in Halfiax town centre, and will make it £7.5 million less expensive to maintain the buildings over the next quarter century – with an additional £1.2 million in savings every year thereafter.

The new office accommodation proposals will be voted on early next week by Calderdale Council Cabinet. If approved, the council will, over time, vacate its offices at the Elsie Whiteley Centre, Park Road, the Hoover Building, Horton House, Dean Clough, and Northgate House in order to complete the renovations and dispose of any unwanted buildings in office space sales.

Tim Swift, Calderdale Council leader, remarked that the new plans are representative of a perfect solution for Halifax, as they will benefit the local economy and local businesses by keeping jobs within Halifax town centre. Janet Battye, the council’s deputy leader, agreed, remarking that the local authority wishes to keep its office buildings within the area, as it will make it easier for local residents to get in contact with the council if needed.

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