New Plans For Council Offices In Weymouth
8:43am 5th November 2014
A major harbourside redevelopment is on the way for Weymouth.
The Borough Council's Management Committee have met to consider the results of a public consultation into plans to move out of their offices at North Quay.
They're due to submit a planning application this autumn for a retail and residential development of the site, which they say will provide an economic boost for the area.
The council say some concerns were raised about transport and parking during a consultation into their move to the Mulberry Centre, with staff delivering services based at the council's existing Crookhill Offices in Chickerell.
Council Finance and Assets Brief Holder Colin Huckle said: "We'll be able to cut our running costs and regenerate the harbour side which will bring economic benefits for both the council and town in line with our vision for the Borough."
The council estimates it would have had to spend nearly £2million on building and maintenance costs to stay in their main offices at North Quay.
Proceeds from the sale of the council's Guildhall building, together with Government money - awarded in recognition of the council's partnership working - will help pay for office conversion and moving costs.
This is estimated to be in the region of £650,000 depending on final agreed designs.