Council set for move to new HQ - The Evesham Observer

Council set for move to new HQ

Evesham Editorial 1st Dec, 2018   0

COUNCIL chiefs have revealed the long-running search for a new home for Evesham Town Council has concluded with an imminent move to Abbey Lane Court, off Abbey Road.

Staff will move from the Community Contact Centre from Monday (December 3), ending a 12 year association with the Community Contact Centre which was shared with West Mercia Police and Wychavon District Council.

Council chiefs have been on the hunt for a new home since it was given notice to leave their current base at the Community Contact Centre on Abbey Road last year.

A range of options have been considered which included renting premises, working from the Town Hall and even sharing space with the town’s library on Oat Street.

Proposals to move to the former Word of Mouth Cafe on Vine Street failed to materialise earlier this summer and council bosses moved quickly to sign a three year lease at their new home.

Council staff will be based from a ground floor office at Abbey Lane Court, which is within walking distance of the town centre and also offers visitors parking. The Town Council’s opening hours will remain the same, 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4.30pm on a Friday. The Town Council will also have a new telephone number 01386 565700 from next week.

Mayor of Evesham Coun Mark Goodge, said: “It is with a heavy heart we leave the contact centre, however a change in the way our partner originations deliver their customer services has meant we have had to seek alterative premises.

“With this in mind, Abbey Lane Court offers a great office for our staff and is very accessible for the general public.

“Long term, we will continue to look at options for an office in the town centre, but for now, we look forward to continuing to serve the people of Evesham from our new office.”

Town Clerk Stuart Carter said : “Despite not being in the same building we will continue to work closely with our partner organisations especially Wychavon District Council and West Mercia Police.

“There maybe a little disruption at the start but I know the Town Council staff are committed to offering the best service they can, helping members of the public even if their enquiry is not related to the Town Council’.

Staff hope to complete the move by the end of next week.

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