Civic centre exit is ‘on schedule’

Staff are vacating the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.

Staff are vacating the Civic Centre in Barnstaple. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple based council staff are moving to other locations in the town.

North Devon Council’s move from the civic centre is on schedule, according to leader Brian Greenslade.

“We expect to be completely out of the building by the end of April,” he said.

“The move will save tax payers around £300,000 a year – that’s the equivalent to 20-30 jobs.

In terms of a similar exit, he said Devon County Council was ‘slightly behind’ but most of the staff would soon move into the library.


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“This will save in the region of £400,000, for the public purse it’s a very good news story,” he said.

Mr Greenslade said he didn’t think the civic centre would be demolished: “It will cost around £2m to do that,” he said.

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The building is owned by the county council, while the land is owned by the district.

“The likelihood is that it’ll be marketed,” he said.

“It could be turned into riverside apartments; it’s in a lovely location so we’ll have to see how that progresses,” he added.

The civic centre is in need of tender loving care – if we were to stay it would need around £4million spent on renovations.

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