Posted: Sun 19th Mar 2017

Closure of Brighton Road offices

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 19th, 2017

Residents are being informed that Denbighshire County Council’s offices at 64 Brighton Road, Rhyl are closing as of Friday, 17th March. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The decision to close the building comes as part of the Council’s drive to maximise the use of its current buildings and modernise the way it works through the use of improved technology and more flexible working. The closure of the building means that the Council will be saving the taxpayer around £250,000 a year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All council services currently provided at the Brighton Road offices will be transferred to Russell House on Churton Road as of Monday, 20 March. The car park adjacent to the Brighton Road offices will remain open for the foreseeable future. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jamie Groves, Denbighshire’s Head of Facilities, Assets and Housing, said: “The Council made a conscious decision to review is assets as a way of saving money in the current economic climate. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“By working more efficiently and making better use of space, we have been able to reduce the number of Council –owned buildings from 11 to three, resulting in siginificant savings and an additional £1 million through the sale of surplus buildings. Finding savings in these areas means that we have been able to protect essential frontline services that the public want and expect from the Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have encouraged staff to use less space, developed open plan office environments and introduced work practices that allow staff to work from a variety of locations, rather than being fixed to their desks. This has proved to be a successful way of working with no adverse impact on services offered to the public”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In the last five years the Middle Lane site in Denbigh, Fronfraith in Rhyl, Ty-Nant in Prestatyn, Clwyd Street and Trem Clwyd, as well as industrial units in Ruthin and two units in Denbigh have been removed from the corporate office accommodation portfolio, with the closure of the Brighton Road offices being the latest part of the jig-saw. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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