Andover Metropolis Council has raised the prospect of eliminating its bodily presence within the metropolis in a transfer that would decrease taxes for residents.
The concept was raised at a gathering of the Belongings and Communities Committee when discussing its finances for the upcoming fiscal 12 months, with Councilor David Coole questioning the constructing’s worth to Andover’s taxpayers, costing round £ 41,000 per 12 months when all elements are taken into consideration.
The idea acquired interim assist from different advisers, with officers required to arrange a report earlier than the matter was thought-about in additional element at a later date.
At current, Andover Metropolis Council has places of work simply off the Excessive Road, which have been closed in March 2020 as a result of Covid pandemic.
Subsequently, in August, a report was introduced to the Budgets and Staffing Committee. suggesting council may save £ 15,000 transferring to smaller premises and having workers make money working from home.
At a gathering of the Belongings and Communities Committee on Tuesday, January 12, the idea as soon as once more raised its head after being recommended by Cllr Coole.
He stated: “We’ve not used the constructing since March as an workplace, we use it as a set level for the publish. We’re unlikely to return to the workplace within the close to future, and presumably within the medium to long run. I query the worth to the taxpayer of paying for a constructing that’s empty, except for some very administrative capabilities that may be carried out elsewhere, and the entire financial savings are probably £ 41,000 per 12 months whenever you think about all of them. the various factors. ”
He recommended the financial savings might be used to scale back the principle paid by residents of Andover, or fairly be used to supply further “group advantages”.
Cllr Christopher Ecclestone stated he preferred the concept of decreasing the principle, saying, “If we are able to get monetary savings, that may be supreme.”
He raised the potential for potential job cuts because the workplace closes, with the lack of a receptionist.
Metropolis Mayor Richard Rowles stated the concept of closing the workplace was one thing he had been fascinated by for “a very long time.”
“I am not saying we’re making the most of what is going on on,” he stated, “however the actuality is that we’re the stewards of the general public purse and if we select to reestablish a bodily presence, in six months or so. 12 months, the fee to us of discovering a bodily presence might be a lot much less and might be significantly better. ”
Cllr Robin Hughes reminded the opposite advisers that they might not resolve on the matter because it was not initially on the agenda, however stated he “will surely prefer to see a report from applicable officers on the top of the lease ”.
A subsequent vote on the committee’s finances was adopted, with abstention from Cllrs Hughes, Barbara Lengthy and Luigi Gregori.