Chinley offices closure deadline

A DEADLINE of September 30 has been set for the closure of the borough council offices in Chinley.

Staff who currently work at the High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) site will be relocated to the council's other offices in Buxton and Glossop.

It is also intended that home working and remote working systems for HPBC employees will be developed further.

With the three council properties in Glossop, Chinley and Buxton facing a backlog of maintenance totalling 1.2 million, the council decided last summer to sell-off the Chinley site and redesign and improve the facilities at the other two sites.

The council say the move will save 200,000 a year.

Council Leader Tony Ashton said: "The actual running costs are 127,000 but the total savings amount to over 200,000 with the closure of the site."

He reported back to members of the Executive, who agreed to the move, that marketing of the site, to find a new owner, would begin in the near future.

Among the items that will need to be found a new home are the council's artefacts which will now either be stored securely in Buxton Town Hall or Glossop Municipal Building.

In the case of the mayoral photographs, currently displayed in the council chamber, it is intended that copies are made so they can placed in both locations after the refurbishment of both buildings.

Following the closure of the Chinley site, the 90 to 100 meetings that take place there each year will be held at various locations throughout the High Peak.

Suitable venues identified are Bradbury Community House in Glossop, Glossop Municipal Buildings, New Mills Town Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall and the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

However, not all are suitable for all meetings and it is anticipated meetings of the full council would take place in the Town Halls in New Mills or Chapel-en-le-Frith.

A sub committee, with representatives of all political groups, is currently looking into the needs of councillors and political groups for accommodation, including civic facilities, in the refurbished council buildings.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, who is chairing the sub committee, said: "Work is ongoing and will probably need another one or two meetings to conclude.

"We met with Development Control to look at the options of changing the Development Control meeting night and that received a bit of frosty reception."

Under the proposals, agreed by members of the Executive, the existing section of the council website dedicated to the role of mayor and other civic issues will be enhanced and developed further.