Richmondshire District Council

The future of Colburn’s community office has been secured.

Councillors are scrapping plans to move the district council facility to a new home and are instead spending £35,000 upgrading the existing office in the town’s library.

Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board on Tuesday night (November 12) resolved the long running issue of inadequate provision at the Colburn facility.    Twelve months ago members deferred a decision to move the office to a new home at Oak Tree Court pending a review of the library site and another possible base in the Broadway.

The current office is no longer fit for purpose – space is tight and there is little provision for private meetings and conversations with clients. The office is one of five community offices run by the District Council but is the busiest with more than 4,000 people using it annually.

“Colburn community office is our busiest facility but it is vital that it meets the requirements of our officers as well as those of our customers,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“The move proposed 12 months ago was deferred while we looked in more detail at all the options, and I am pleased to see that not only is it possible to keep the office at the library it is also the cheapest solution.”

The improvement plans include installing a self payment kiosk.

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