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Plans To Refurbish Chesterfield Town Hall Revealed


Tuesday 13th December 2016


Plans to refurbish Chesterfield Town Hall so the building can generate at least £240,000 of income each year to invest in protecting frontline services are to be considered by councillors.

Plans to refurbish Chesterfield Town Hall so the building can generate at least £240,000 of income each year to invest in protecting frontline services are to be considered by councillors.
Pic courtesy and © Stan Walker

Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet
has recommended to full council a proposal to invest capital money - which can only be used for building projects - to generate much needed revenue funds, which can be used to fund crucial frontline services for the public.

If the plans are approved by councillors when they meet on 14th December, they would see:

  • The council's housing staff based at Venture House in Dunston and CCTV and parking staff based in New Square move in to the Town Hall, enabling those buildings to be let or sold to generate income to invest in council services

  • Walls being knocked down on upper floors of the building to create bigger offices that can house more staff within the same space. All historic parts of the Town Hall, protected by its grade two listed status, would remain unaltered, with all work having the approval of Historic England.

  • A floor of the Town Hall currently occupied by council staff being freed up so it can be let out to other public sector organisations.

  • Part of the ground floor being used by Derbyshire Register Office from late 2017, subject to final negotiations being completed, to generate additional income.

  • Better quality meeting rooms and event spaces with wifi and the latest audio visual equipment so they can be hired out for conferences, parties, weddings and meetings to raise more money

  • More staff enabled to work on site around Chesterfield by providing mobile tablet or laptop devices so information can be input on to systems while on site rather than having to return to the Town Hall. This will enable the council to reduce the amount of desks and space needed by staff in the Town Hall, as well as reduce the amount of paperwork needed.

  • Work carried out to safely remove asbestos from the building in areas where the refurbishment will take place. The asbestos is currently safely encased so poses no risk to the public or staff but refurbishment work would disturb it so the materials will be safely removed by specialist contractors before any building work takes place.

The income from the project would be on top of that already generated by having four voluntary sector organisations based in the basement of the Town Hall building.

Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for business transformation, said: Since 2010, the council has had its central Government funding cut by more than 40 per cent and the scale of the budget reductions will increase even further between now and 2020.Councillor Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for business transformation (left), said: "Since 2010, the council has had its central Government funding cut by more than 40 per cent and the scale of the budget reductions will increase even further between now and 2020.

"Unless the council can find new ways of generating income, these cuts will inevitably impact heavily on the frontline services we provide.

"So residents would rightly expect us to look at all options to generate income and make better use of the buildings we have rather than make cuts to services or make people redundant.

"The Town Hall was not designed to meet the needs of modern working practices and so, we also need to take this opportunity to replace the old wiring and IT infrastructure and put in place facilities that will enable us to reduce the running costs of the building, so that more of the money we do have is going on running services rather than running buildings."

If the plans for the £2.74 million project are approved by councillors, work will start in January 2017 and would take around 12 months to complete.

The building work would be carried out by the council's own in-house Operational Service Division team, ensuring the project supports local jobs and the Chesterfield economy.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: In common with all buildings of its age, the Town Hall was constructed using asbestos containing materials.The council did consider other options including moving staff to a newer building with lower running costs but these have all been ruled out, subject to the approval of councillors.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council (left), said: "In common with all buildings of its age, the Town Hall was constructed using asbestos containing materials.

"While all asbestos is encased, so poses no current risk to the public or staff, the asbestos containing materials would be disturbed by building work, so will need safely removing by specialist contractors before the main work is carried out.

"Knowing that there is asbestos in the building which needs properly and safely managing, we did consider other options to this refurbishment plan, such as moving staff to a new building, but we have ruled them out as they are not practical alternatives.

"This plan will reduce the running costs of the Town Hall building while generating much needed additional income that can be used on providing council services to the public."



 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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NEW CHAIR TAKES UP DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL'S CHAIN OF OFFICE -
Derbyshire County Council's new chair, Cllr Steve Freeborn, has taken up the chain of office. More...

ADVICE FOR RESIDENTS AS LOCAL COUNCILS PREPARE FOR STRIKE ACTION -
Bin collections, street cleaning and leisure activities are just some of the Bolsover District Council services that will be disrupted on Tuesday 14th October 2014, as public service workers nationally take part in a one day strike. More...

WORK BEGINS ON IMPROVING OLD WHITTINGTON JUNCTION -
Work to improve a junction with a history of collisions began yesterday morning, Monday 6th October. More...

FORMER CHESTERFIELD MAYOR, CLLR PAUL STONE, JOINS UKIP -
Last years Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Paul Stone, has joined UKIP to become their first councillor on Chesterfield Borough Council More...

NATASCHA ENGEL MP VISITS STATE OF THE ART FACTORY IN CLAY CROSS -
North-East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel visited the IKO factory facility on Coney Green Road with a view to learning more about the roofing and waterproofing systems manufactured there. More...

CHESTERFIELD FIRM SHOWS ITS METTLE WITH MARKHAM VALE MOVE -
Chesterfield-based firm Gould Alloys is marking its 30th anniversary by relocating to Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site to benefit from better transport links. More...

WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW QUEEN'S PARK LEISURE CENTRE -
A sod cutting ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on Chesterfield Borough Council's £9.3 million project to replace the Queen's Park Sports Centre. More...

CHESTERFIELD MP TAKES ON THE 'ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE' -
It's Chilly in Chesterfield! Toby Perkins MP takes the Ice-Bucket Challenge to Raise Money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. More...

TONY BENN: WILL & TESTAMENT - THE TOWN HALL SCREENING TOUR -
Will and Testament is a moving and informative tribute to Tony Benn - political firebrand, prolific diarist, writer, charismatic anti-war campaigner, husband and father.
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FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN
THE PIPELINE FOR MARKHAM VALE -

A further development could be on the cards for Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site, now a planning application has been submitted for a new 100,000 sqft warehouse and office building. More...

NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE GETS £2 MILLION FUNDING BOOST -
Chesterfield residents will benefit from the enhanced new Sports Centre, to be built on Queen's Park Annexe, as Chesterfield Borough Council receives £2 million of funding from Sport England.
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PLANS FOR EXTENDED QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE ARE APPROVED -
Chesterfield councillors have approved plans for a new, extended, Queen's Park Sports Centre to be built. More...

TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED AS WORK STARTS ON NEW A61 CYCLE LANE -
It's been announced that work to build a new cycle lane in Chesterfield will start next Tuesday, 26th August, as part of plans to link different parts of the town together for cyclists. More...

MARKHAM VALE REGENERATION EXPANDS AFTER BRIDGE REMOVED -
One of the country's largest cranes was in Derbyshire on Tuesday to remove a bridge deck as part of plans to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship Markham Vale regeneration site. More...

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND LIFTED EARLY -
Traffic restrictions at Hornsbridge Island in Chesterfield have been lifted four weeks earlier than anticipated. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL REASSESSES OPTIONS OVER NORTHERN GATEWAY -
Plans for the Northern Gateway scheme are being reassessed by Chesterfield Borough Council to respond to the changing High Street retail sector. More...

COUNCIL'S PLEDGE
TO SOLVE CHESTERFIELD'S FLOODING ISSUES -

With perfect timing after Friday's chaos, news that this week, Yorkshire Water and Chesterfield Borough Council have pledged to work together to tackle flooding in the town, including the long running issues at Horns Bridge roundabout More...

COUNTY COUNCIL PLANS TASK FORCE TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT -
Plans to tackle youth unemployment are being drawn up by Derbyshire County Council to get more young people into work, further education or training. More...

EVERYONE PITCHES IN TO MAKE 'FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL' A SUCCESS -
More than 300 people turned out to a festival of football at Holmebrook Valley Park last weekend. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL
TO OPEN NEW INFORMATION AND BOOKING HUB -

A combined information and theatres booking hub for residents and visitors is to be launched at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, next to the Crooked Spire Church. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S TRAVEL TRAINING HELPS DERBYSHIRE'S YOUNGSTERS -
A successful travel scheme which helps Derbyshire youngsters with special educational needs get out and about in their communities could be continued. More...

'WE WILL REMEMBER THEM' FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY EVENTS -
Chesterfield residents can take part in a series of events at Chesterfield Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. More...

TAPTON LOCK IS VOTED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FINEST GREEN SPACES -
Tapton Lock, a quarter mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal, has been named one of the country's finest green spaces, after receiving a prestigious Green Flag award. More...

UPDATE ON WORK & TRAFFIC CONTROL
AT HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND -

Traffic control measures at Hornsbridge Island will be removed earlier than planned after a review into the project. More...

STILL TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON LOCAL MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICES -
Residents still have three weeks to give their views on the future of Derbyshire County Council's mobile library service in a consultation to help the authority deal with budget cuts More...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO STREET LIGHTS -
Derbyshire residents are being urged to make sure they have their say on possible changes to the way street lights across Derbyshire are maintained, before the consultation closes on Friday 8th August. More...

IMPROVEMENT WORK TO TAKE PLACE AT THISTLE PARK, BRIMINGTON -
Children in Brimington are set to benefit from new play equipment at their local park thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council. More...

COULD YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT
TO THE TUNE OF £75,000? -

Small businesses in Derbyshire are being helped to develop and grow with grants of up to £75,000 - and there's still time for local firms to bid for cash. More...

'CHESTERFIELD TO BE A SUCCESS' COUNCIL CHIEF HUW BOWEN INTERVIEW -
After an ongoing ten and a half years as part of the Chesterfield Borough Council, Huw Bowen, the current Chief Executive spoke to The Chesterfield Post about his roles as part of the council and ongoing issues within The Borough. More...

CABINET DECIDES ON SITE FOR NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE -
At their meeting today (Tuesday, 15th July) Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet decided the centre can be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning permission. More...

DISRUPTION TO COUNCIL SERVICES DURING THURSDAY'S STRIKE ACTION -
There is expected to be widespread disruption to services across the area on Thursday, July 10th, as public sector workers strike over pay. More...

BOROUGH COUNCIL REFUSES NEW LICENCE FOR BAR CENTRO -
Chesterfield Borough Council's licensing committee has refused a licence for a bar previously closed because of drug dealing. More...

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE REPLACEMENT -
New plans have been submitted by Chesterfield Borough Council for the replacement Queen's Park Sports Centre. More...

A NEW FOOTBRIDGE IS TO BE OPENED AT CHESTERFIELD CANAL FESTIVAL -
A new footbridge which has been built in Staveley over Chesterfield Canal will be officially opened on Saturday 28th June. More...

TRADING STANDARDS ISSUE AN E-CIG SAFETY ALERT -
Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to be extra vigilant when charging electronic cigarettes following incidents where the devices have exploded in people's homes. More...

FLAG RAISING PARADE TO MARK ARMED FORCES DAY IS CANCELLED -
A parade planned in Chesterfield to mark Armed Forces Day on 23 June has been cancelled. More...

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON HORNSBRIDGE ISLAND -
Work is set to begin on transforming a key gateway into Chesterfield town centre after planning permission has been granted. More...

DETAILS OF FORMER COUNTY COUNCIL CHIEF EXEC'S £219k PAY OFF TO BE PUBLISHED -
Derbyshire County Council's former chief executive Nick Hodgson received a £219,211 severance payment when he left the authority last year. More...

BOLSOVER COUNCIL HARNESSES THE POWER OF THE SUN AND SAVES MONEY -
Bolsover District Council is doing its bit for the environment as they prepare to install photovoltaic cells (solar panels) onto the roof of its offices in Clowne and save over £34,000 of council taxpayers' money every year. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S SENIOR MANAGERS' REVIEW TO SAVE £2 MILLION -
More senior managers' jobs are to go at Derbyshire County Council as part of the organisation's drive to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018. More...

GRASSMOOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES OUTLINE APPROVAL -
North East Derbyshire District Council has granted outline planning permission for a maximum of 165 dwellings at Windwhistle Farm in Grassmoor. More...

LOCAL RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN 'LEGAL HIGHS' SURVEY -
A national survey that aims to gather information about the use of 'legal highs' is being supported by Derbyshire County Council.
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NEDDC COUNCIL APPROVES REGENERATION PLANS -
North East Derbyshire District Council has approved plans to move their main administrative headquarters from Saltergate to Mill Lane, Wingerworth in early 2015. More...

CHESTERFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL IS PRAISED BY PEERS -
An independent assessment has praised Chesterfield Borough Council for the huge commitment to the borough by both councillors and employees. More...

NEW FIGURES SHOW URGENCY OF CHESTERFIELD'S HOUSING CRISIS -
New figures, released to local MP Toby Perkins by the National House Building Council reveal that new house building in Chesterfield has fallen to just one third of the national average. More...

COUNTY COUNCIL'S CHILDREN IN CARE
TO PLAN BRIGHT FUTURES -

Young people will be able to consider their future at a Derbyshire County Council careers event hosted specifically for children in care and care leavers. More...

COURT UPHOLDS COUNCIL'S DECISION ON BAR CENTRO -
A town centre bar has been refused permission to re-open, after magistrates upheld the decision by Chesterfield Borough Council's licensing committee to revoke its licence. More...

OUTGOING NEDDC CHAIR - OVER 8,000 FOR CHARITY TO BE HAPPY! -
North East Derbyshire District Council's outgoing Chairman, Councillor Ken Savidge and generous residents from across the area, have helped raise thousands of pounds through an annual charity appeal. More...

'STILL PUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT!" Cllr JOHN BURROWS ON CHESTERFIELD -
In a wide ranging interview, Council Leader John Burrows talked to us on developments which have been mooted in the town, admitting that the financial climate and unforeseen issues had significantly impacted on the 'master plan' More...

PLANS FOR NEW QUEEN'S PARK SPORTS CENTRE ARE APPROVED -
Members of Chesterfield Borough Council's planning committee have approved plans for the new centre to be built on the site of Queen's Park Annexe, subject to planning conditions. More...

COURT SENTENCES APPLIANCE REPAIR MAN TO 160 HOURS UNPAID WORK -
An appliance repair man from Chesterfield has been ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and compensate victims, after a successful prosecution by the County Council's trading standards team. More...

ENVIRONMENTALLY FIRENDLY WAY TO DISPOSE OF YOUR FOOD WASTE -
An environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste is being introduced for residents in the Bolsover District, Chesterfield Borough and North East Derbyshire District Council areas. More...

CHILDREN'S CENTRES REVIEW AGREED BY DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL -
Derbyshire residents will be asked how they think children's centre services should be delivered in a review to begin this month. More...

POTHOLE FIXING 'JETPATCHER' MACHINES TO STAY
IN COUNTY -

Two specialist 'Jetpatcher' machines are to stay in Derbyshire until mid-July to continue work to fix potholes across the county. More...

LOCAL MP, NATASCHA ENGEL CONTINUES
TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST HS2 -

MP for NE Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, continues to campaign against the case for HS2 and demand that the Government gives more say to the people who will be directly affected by the project. More...

COUNCIL WARNING TO CHESTERFIELD RESIDENTS TO AVOID FLY TIPPING -
Chesterfield Borough Council is warning residents to make sure anyone they pay to dispose of their rubbish is licensed and does so legally. More...

MAJOR REFORMS OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ARE ON THE WAY -
Families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities, can have a say in how major reforms will affect them, as part of a consultation launched by Derbyshire County Council. More...

CHESTERFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL REMINDS RESIDENTS TO CHECK FOR ID -
Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to always check for ID from staff who are carrying out work on behalf of the council.
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WORK TO FURTHER EXPAND MARKHAM VALE IS DUE TO START -
Work to expand Derbyshire County Council's flagship regeneration site is due to start next month, after a visit to Markham Vale by Eric Pickles confirmed Government cash is in the pipeline. More...

MAKE SURE YOU
ARE READY TO VOTE IN THE EURO ELECTIONS -

Chesterfield Borough Council is reminding residents to make sure they are registered to vote in the elections to the European Parliament. More...

CRACKDOWN ON
BLUE BADGE MISUSE CONTINUES COUNTYWIDE -

A crackdown on people who are misusing Blue Badges has seen just over 700 checks carried out in four months. More..


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