Council staff could move to Yate under office overhaul review

August 01 2015

SOME of South Gloucestershire Council’s back office work could be switched to Yate from Kingswood as part of an efficiency drive.

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SOME of South Gloucestershire Council’s back office work could be switched to Yate from Kingswood as part of an efficiency drive.
The Conservative administration said it was pressing ahead with a pledge to give value for money by consulting on the use of empty space at both the council’s main Badminton Road offices in Yate and at Kingswood Civic Centre.
Council leader Matthew Riddle said savings had to be made and the authority had to be as efficient as possible, although he said the protection of frontline services came ahead of filling vacant office space.
He said: “Both the civic centre and the Badminton Road offices have lots of unused space and it is wasteful of taxpayers’ money to operate that way.
“We are now consulting our staff and opposition council groups on how we can best use the space we have and see if there is room for any savings.
“We have made no firm decisions at this point. However, whatever decision is made, we are 100 per cent committed to maintaining a presence in Kingswood.
“Frontline services will continue and we are particularly committed to ensuring that the One Stop Shop, library and police presence in the heart of Kingswood continues as it is important both to us and our residents.”