Council Writes To Staff To Explain Office Upgrade Plans

town hall 4The Council has written to all staff and councillors to explain their £200,000 office refurbishment plan, ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote.

Most Council workers first learned about the senior management proposal to sell the authority’s recently developed Porthmellon offices, to fund the Town Hall and Old Wesleyan Chapel makeover, from Scilly Today and Radio Scilly reports last week.

Newly appointed Council Press Officer Jon Mackenzie has written to staff in the Town Hall’s ‘Weekly Wave’ update referring to our media reports and offering further justification for the spending.

We reported the Council management want the rebuild to accommodate more staff and make the building better suited to disabled users.

Referring to the proposed property sale, Jon writes “having less estate to manage will result in substantial reductions to our repair and maintenance costs and engender substantial carbon savings as a result of replacing outdated heating and lighting systems.”

The Town Hall heating system was last modernised in time for winter 2012 after Chief Planner Craig Dryden advised members that it was “on its last legs.”

Mr Mackenzie goes on to say that Council management will “seek members to approve the strategic direction that will help us actively build a top performing Council and provide better services to the community from a better working environment.”

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