Doubt over future of Bingley Town Hall

Coun Andrew Thornton

Coun Andrew Thornton

First published in News

The future of Bingley Town Hall is in doubt as the Council revealed plans to move its staff out of there.

The town hall is now closed to the public and is used as offices for staff in the Council’s Adult Services department.

But these staff are to be moved to Keighley as part of a £270,000 project in the latest stage of the Property Programme.

Yesterday Coun Andrew Thornton said the Council hadn’t yet decided whether it would sell off the empty town hall.

He said: “We haven’t yet decided what the potential future use or uses are for Bingley Town Hall. At the moment it is purely offices for Adult Services and there isn’t public access to it, so we need to look at what the future use could be.”

Coun Thornton didn’t rule out a transfer to a community group under new Community Asset Transfer powers.

He said: “Certainly, that’s something we would be open to.”

The plan would see the staff moving into a refurbished Oaks Resource Centre in Keighley, along with colleagues from Skipton Road Day Services in Keighley and other offices in Skipton Road, generating savings of £2 million.

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10:17am Thu 3 Apr 14

Tonybaloni says...

Save the people of Bingley a fortune and give us our own council back.
Save the people of Bingley a fortune and give us our own council back. Tonybaloni
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10:33am Thu 3 Apr 14

Albion. says...

It'd make a great Sainsbury's.
It'd make a great Sainsbury's. Albion.
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Coun. Thornton needs a new pic.
Coun. Thornton needs a new pic. The Hoffster
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2:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

council worker 1000 says...

It would be nice if the council had told the employees from Adult and Community Services who work in Bingley Town Hall this news as they have no knowledge of these future plans. This has come as a great shock to the people who work there and it would have been common courtesy to let staff know about this before reading about it in the press. Its just another kick in the teeth for staff who are already facing challenging times which is impacting on service delivery.
It would be nice if the council had told the employees from Adult and Community Services who work in Bingley Town Hall this news as they have no knowledge of these future plans. This has come as a great shock to the people who work there and it would have been common courtesy to let staff know about this before reading about it in the press. Its just another kick in the teeth for staff who are already facing challenging times which is impacting on service delivery. council worker 1000
  • Score: 8

12:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

rosesrwhite says...

Wonder how many more buildings Cllr Thornton can close down in Bingley? Perhaps when he has finished, he could turn off the lights as the last man to leave?
Wonder how many more buildings Cllr Thornton can close down in Bingley? Perhaps when he has finished, he could turn off the lights as the last man to leave? rosesrwhite
  • Score: 1

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