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North Yorkshire Council proposes to close offices in Northallerton to save cash

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North Yorkshire County Council is proposing to reduce the number of offices it uses in Northallerton in order to make savings and improve frontline services.

The Council estimates the move would make a significant contribution towards the annual revenue savings target of £1.5 million. The proposed property programme would lead to the sale of some offices and the demolition of others as well as additional car parking spaces.

Plans also include further renovation and refurbishment of the grade II listed Brierley Building, at the centre of the County Council’s HQ which will be adapted to accommodate more staff.

The local authority says to re-locate to purpose-built offices would have required £40-£50 million in investment, whereas the cost of the proposals is estimated at £5.8 million and include:

  • The demolition of the ‘East Block’ office which due to its age and construction is beyond economical repair
  • The disposal of 50 South Parade and Morgan House in Standard way, both in Northallerton
  • The remodelling of space within County Hall
  • Essential maintenance and refurbishment of County Hall including repairs to the roof, chimney stacks, and windows

Should the Council Executive accept the proposals, work would start later this year.