Thornbury One Stop Shop to move into town library permanently
5:27pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
THORNBURY’S One Stop Shop will move from its base at the council’s Castle Street headquarters to the town library this month, the Gazette can reveal.
South Gloucestershire Council chiefs confirmed back in 2011 their plans to redeploy all staff to the authority's Yate and Kingswood headquarters and rent out its premises in Thornbury.
But the One Stop Shop remained in Thornbury.
The advice service will be transferred permanently into the library at a date yet to be fixed over the next three weeks.
A consultation inviting suggestions from the public on how the purpose-built complex could be used ended yesterday, Wednesday, October 2.
Council bosses are expected to review the feedback and decide how to dispose of the building by the end of the year.
“Any decision about the future use of the building will be taken after the consultation has been reviewed," a South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said. "This should be before the end of the year.”
While the local authority reviews its options, police officers, will take up office on the first floor of the Castle Street complex later this month, when the sale of their station to developer Churchill Retirement Living is finalised. This is despite attempts by both the local police team and council staff to find offices in a communal building in the town.
Churchill plans to demolish the station to make way for a sheltered housing complex.
Uncertainty subsists over the fate of Thornbury’s neighbourhood team beyond this point despite Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s pledge to retain a presence in the town.
It was initially believed officers would relocate to the council building in September.
Superintendent Mike Carter said the move would not affect police operation in the town
“Thornbury police station will close later this month, with the neighbourhood team moving into the council buildings in Castle Street," he said. "We will continue to operate our appointment only service from there until a permanent property becomes available. There will be no interruption in our service to the local community during this move. “
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