North Devon Council ‘likely’ to leave Civic Centre amid government cuts

North Devon Council could soon be leaving the Civic Centre.

North Devon Council could soon be leaving the Civic Centre. - Credit: Archant

Move to Brynsworthy and Lynton House would help to protect services

North Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade says it is ‘likely’ that the council will move from its current base at Barnstaple Civic Centre as part of another round of tight government cuts.

As previously revealed in the Gazette, the district council needs to plug a £2million budget shortfall in the next couple of years and moving council operations to Brynsworthy and Lynton House – both already owned by the council – would help to cut operating costs considerably. The council currently lease the Civic Centre from Devon County Council.

And Councillor Greenslade said he was keen to make the move as soon as possible as it represented a ‘kind cut’.

“If it doesn’t happen, we have got another big chunk of savings to find,” he said.

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“It’s what I would call a kind cut as you are not losing services or people.

Councillor Greenslade said the move would need to be done in a managed way, to ensure the district council maintained a presence in Barnstaple town centre.

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“It might take time but we can make a very good start,” he said. “It is important that the public can reach the local authority.”

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