Yate council offices to accommodate more than 200 extra staff

January 30 2017

MORE than 200 staff will be relocated to South Gloucestershire Council ’s Yate office in Badminton Road from the end of April as part of a cost-cutting move.

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MORE than 200 staff will be relocated to South Gloucestershire Council ’s Yate office in Badminton Road from the end of April as part of a cost-cutting move.

The change for the workers means plans are being drawn up to extend the car park at the Yate site, where it’s possible that more than 100 extra spaces will be created.

However, the council said it hoped those staff switching to Badminton Road would choose “green travel” options - public transport, cycling or car sharing - to get to and from work.

The people to be relocated are currently based at Kingswood Civic Centre, part of which is being leased to the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) later this year. 

South Gloucestershire will maintain ownership of the building and continue to use its civic and training facilities, including the council chamber, while saving around £400,000 in running costs and making better use of the Badminton Road offices.

The majority of staff - around 220 - will switch to Yate but some 100 who need to be in Kingswood to provide locally-based services will remain.

The council is continuing to consult with staff on exact details of the plans but expects the affected employees to move to Yate from late April to July this year, ahead of AWP moving into the civic centre in September.

AWP has agreed to a 20-year lease of the space it requires and the council said it was in discussions with other organisations about potentially leasing space in other areas of the civic centre. 

Should those discussions be successful, the council said it would result in further income being generated and pressure on other budgets being reduced.