Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Backing for Bigger Bodmin

Today's Cornwall Council Finance and Resources Committee gave its backing to the plan to build a bigger office in Bodmin and to allow BT Cornwall to fill the extra capacity. The scheme will save money for taxpayers, safeguard council bases in Liskeard and St Austell and bring new jobs to North Cornwall.

Sadly, the Conservative representatives on the committee backed their colleague Scott Mann in opposing the plan. In effect, they gave their support to the most expensive option on the table which would bring no new jobs to the town.

The new Liberal Democrat - Independent administration at County Hall inherited a plan for a new build in Bodmin. The plan was to relocate staff from some very inefficient buildings in the town to save some money. However we saw the opportunity to save even more money by building a bigger office in Bodmin to house more staff. But we did not want to lose our bases in any of the key towns in Cornwall - notably Liskeard and St Austell - and so the battle was to find an efficient use for the spare space. Our partners at BT Cornwall have agreed to take up this space and locate new staff there.

The final decision will be taken by the cabinet at the end of the month.

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