Nottingham

Nottinghamshire County Council £10m plan to axe offices

Hundreds of Nottinghamshire County Council staff are to be moved from satellite offices to save £2.5m a year.

Managers want to reduce the 23 sites outside of County Hall to just six as part of plans to cut its budget by £150m over three years.

The four-year-plan is expected to cost about £10m and will be funded with the sale of vacated buildings.

Officials said facilities at remaining sites would be upgraded and staff encouraged to work more flexibly.

'Modern working'

The Conservative-run council said it currently spent about £6m a year on offices but about third of desks and meeting rooms are not fully used during a typical day.

Starting next month, it plans to open up work areas to create more space and eventually have seven desks for every 10 employees.

It is planned offices will be retained at County Hall and Trent Bridge House in West Bridgford, Lawn View House in Sutton in Ashfield, Sherwood Energy Village, Ollerton and Worksop Library.

There will also be an office base in Mansfield, along with "touchdown bases" in each district for staff requiring a desk with a computer when in these areas.

Councillor Reg Adair, the council's cabinet member for finance and property, said: "We are now embarking on a programme to make better use of a smaller number of office buildings to reduce costs and help protect our front-line services.

"Much of our office space is underused and not fit for modern ways of working, so this programme will help bring our office accommodation into the 21st Century."

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