For sale signs go up at council complex

FOR-sale signs have gone up outside a council office complex in Chinley that is to close by the end of September.

The move follows a decision by High Peak Borough Council last June to sell off the site, seen as costly to run, environmentally inefficient and in a poor location, and switch staff to Buxton Town Hall.

Closure of the site is the first stage of a Customer First programme that will set up one-stop shops in Glossop Municipal Buildings and Buxton Town Hall.

Councillor Emily Thrane, Executive member for Corporate Services, said: "The main aims of Customer First are to improve access for customers, work efficiently with our partners and reduce costs to our residents. The Glossop one-stop shop and subsequent Buxton facility will ensure these aims are met."

Working with partners including Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Community Housing, the council will develop two modern one-stop shops offering a wide range of public services under one roof.

Work has already started on converting part of the ground floor of Glossop Municipal Buildings into a one-stop shop that should open to the public before Christmas. Comments on layout and access have been built into the design while the council, Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Community Housing are in advanced talks with potential one-stop shop partners.

The decision to close the Chinley offices was taken by the Executive after councillors heard that the annual cost of running three sites was more than 340,000, and the authority was facing a maintenance backlog bill of 1.2m.