Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire council backs £20m shared buildings plan

Plans to share properties with emergency services could save Staffordshire County Council £20m over five years, the local authority has said.

The council has backed plans to share facilities with other publicly funded organisations, at a cabinet meeting.

It said it was in discussions with district and borough councils as well as the police and NHS.

About 100 possible buildings have already been identified, it added.

A spokeswoman said the project could take several years, but that it would now continue to look at the terms of existing property leases and which buildings could be sold.

Mark Winnington, cabinet member for environment and assets, said the plan was to improve efficiency, save taxpayers money and release assets for sale.

He added that savings could be used to regenerate the area and help to create jobs.

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