Recently we have seen a great deal about one of the Labour Administrations cost saving measures which is a proposal to move the County Hall HQ to a more modern building in Ashington to save millions of pounds.
In recent months HQ shenanigans have taken place with a fictional £40million cost being spouted by Tory Councillors and Parliamentary Candidates. When the real cost has been shown at around £19 million with massive long term savings. In a recent review and on the back of those findings, the council’s senior officer said it referred to a number of “misleading claims” which damaged the authority’s reputation such as that its planned new headquarters will cost £40m”
It now becomes apparent that while they have been talking about a £19million invest to save scheme but floating their own made up costs of £40million which apparently include 25yr running costs including maintenance, we see Tories on Northamptonshire County Council are spending £53million on a similar kind of project to save money. However the Conservatives on that Council have spent an additional £32million on that plan. In comparison Northumberland’s plan of £19million which will quickly recoup savings to the Council and have a positive impact on Ashington and spread the Council wealth across the market towns of Northumberland such as Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Amble, Prudhoe, Hexham, Blyth etc... with the aim to deliver local services to local people in local establishments.
http://www.heart.co.uk/fourcounties/news/local/work-starts-on-53m-new-home-for-council/ Link to £53million Tory project.
So what’s the TRUE facts around Northumberland’s HQ plan?
- It’s a cost saving plan that will become cost neutral over time
- It takes Council services back to the communities across Northumberland
- It isn’t costing the outrageous figures claimed by opposition members and will become cost neutral over time
- It’s cheaper than a similar plan by Conservative led authorities elsewhere in the Country
- It provides a better workspace for staff to work compliant to the modern day standard
- MOST IMPORTANTLY it will no longer have a leaking roof dripping on staff when it rains !!!
- Oh and the little fact of £52.8mill benefit to the local economy