Plans to demolish Barrow buildings
Last updated at 15:50, Sunday, 03 November 2013
PLANNING applications have been submitted to demolish two county council office buildings in Barrow if buyers can not be found.
Cumbria County Council has applied to knock down its Market Street and Priory Grove offices which will be surplus to requirements once the staff move to Craven House is completed.
Applications for proposed demolition have been submitted to the county council’s planning department and will be considered by the development, control and regulation committee at a date to be determined.
While applications for demolition have been submitted, the council is putting the properties up for sale by auction. The demolition submission is a back-up plan in case no buyers for the buildings are found.
Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for property, said: “With staff moving to more suitable accommodation Craven House we have no further use for the Market Street and Priory Grove offices.
“Holding on to large empty buildings is not a good use of taxpayers’ money, particularly at a time when we’re required to make large financial savings. If buyers for the properties can’t be found, then we’ll proceed with demolition assuming planning permission is granted.”
These Barrow office moves are part of the county council’s Better Places for Work programme which includes a major review and rationalisation of the council’s property portfolio to generate savings at the same time as encouraging more flexible working opportunities for staff.
Cumbria County Council is consulting with people on plans for changing the way it delivers some services. To have a say and take part in the public consultation, visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/ourfuture or pick up a copy of the consultation document available in local libraries and other public buildings.
First published at 09:49, Thursday, 31 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Maybe accommodation for homeless.
Its a sorry state this country is in when it saves money to flatten something to cut the business rates than to leave offices empty and try and get tennants.
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