Hereford & Worcester

Go-ahead given for new Wyre Forest Council HQ

Artist's impression (pic: Wyre Forest District Council)
Image caption The offices would be built between Kidderminster and Stourport

A £10.5m scheme to build new council headquarters in Worcestershire has been approved, despite more than 3,000 people signing a petition against it.

Ex-UKIP candidate Michael Wrench, who gathered the petition, said people were "furious" at the move.

The Conservative-run Wyre Forest District Council said building new offices between Kidderminster and Stourport would save £500,000 a year.

It said the money to build it could not be spent on frontline services.

The Labour group had called for a referendum but this was rejected.

'Spent wisely'

The new offices will be built at the junction of Walter Nash Road West and Stourport Road and replace the council's four main office buildings in the two towns.

The authority said the new facilities would reduce its impact on the environment and save time spent travelling between buildings.

It added the project was being funded by ringfenced government money.

Council leader John Campion said: "The project is not diverting money from services."

Mr Wrench said people were angry that the project was going ahead at a time of cuts to services.

He added: "It's quite evident from the response in this short time just how strong they feel about it.

"This money needs to be spent wisely and on the economy somewhere else."

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