Hereford & Worcester

Droitwich community services under one roof

Residents in a Worcestershire town will be able to access a range of services under one roof in a bid to save taxpayers' money.

Droitwich Library has been refurbished and will now share its building with various other groups.

These include a council contact centre, Job Centre Plus, Citizens' Advice and the Registration Service.

The library reopened on 30 July with the rest of the services moving across in the next few weeks.

The scheme will be rolled out across other libraries in the county at a later date.

Peter Parkes, head of property services at the county council, said: "By working with our partners across Worcestershire we hope to be able to identify a number of opportunities to facilitate improvements in services by co-locating and sharing accommodation.

"In this way, we can reduce the cost of building ownership, which in turn can help to sustain frontline services for the community."

A council spokesman said the library service needs to save £1.8m.

This will come from sharing facilities, changes to opening times and other reductions in service.

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