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Harrogate Council to spend millions on new HQ

Artist's impression of Harrogate Council's new headquarters. Credit: Harrogate Borough Council

Harrogate Borough councillors have voted in favour relocating to brand new headquarters.

The full cost of the move has not been revealed 'for commercial reasons', but the council has confirmed that the 'net ' cost will be £8.72m, after money raised from the sale of four existing buildings is subtracted from the total.

A spokesman says the rest will be paid for by using Council reserves and borrowing.

The authority says the new headquarters would then enable them to make savings of £1m per year, through efficiencies and lower energy costs.

“Operating from five offices in the town centre is costly and inefficient. The creation of a new headquarters at our Knapping Mount site will bring a range of benefits for the district. We have carefully considered the financial implications from the initial cost of building to the long term operational costs, and I believe that the creation of a new council headquarters will allow us to achieve long term savings. The council will be able to improve the service we offer by operating from one location, allow us to invest more in the services that really matter to our customers, ensure funding is available for other important district projects and to be more environmentally friendly."

– Cllr Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council


Man found dead in public phone box in Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police has just released this statement:

“Police were called at around 6.40am today (Tuesday 14 July 2015) from a member of the public, reporting concern for a man in a phone box in Harrogate.

“Police attended the scene on Kings Road in Harrogate and the man was pronounced dead shortly after.

“Enquiries are ongoing however the death is not believed to be suspicious at this time. Police will prepare a file for the coroner.”

Audi driver arrested after being clocked at over 150mph

A man is in custody for theft and dangerous driving for speeding on the A1 at more than 150mph, according to North Yorkshire's Roads Policing Group.

Police say the Audi RS4 initially overtook an unmarked police vehicle north of Harrogate and was stopped further down near Garforth.

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