£200,000 Office Plan Being Brought To Councillors

town hall 4Council managers in Scilly want to spend almost £200,000 upgrading offices.

Senior Manager for Strategic Development Diana Mompoloki is proposing a radical overhaul of the Town Hall and Wesleyan Chapel.

Diana wants to create open-plan spaces with 13 new desks in the two buildings, raising the total number of staff that can be accommodated from 30 to 43.

That means each new desk space will cost around £15,000.

She says the work will ensure the Council complies with safety and disability legislation, and enable closer working between the different departments.

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Senior staff began talks on how to manage office space just days after the new Chief Executive Theo Leisjer took over.

The cash-strapped Council has issued redundancy warnings to staff in order to balance its books and last week its interim finance controller warned that more cutbacks were on the cards.

Diana is proposing that the Council sells off its Porthmellon offices to part-fund the workplace upgrade. The unit was valued at £115,000 in 2011.

13 staff were moved from the former Home Hardware stores on the Industrial Estate in in April. At the time, Council Chairman Amanda Martin said low flying aircraft were affecting internet connections, making the building unsuitable for workers.

Diana is hoping that councillors will back the £200,000 makeover and approve the sale of the Porthmellon site at next Tuesday’s Full Council meeting.

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