'Mothball' plan for Burnley Council town centre office building
BURNLEY Council is set to ‘mothball’ one of the town centre’s biggest office buildings after it was unable to find a buyer for it.
Council bosses reviewed accommodation for council staff last year and decided to sell off the Nicholas Street offices to help save nearly £2million.
But despite the building being on the market since April there has been no firm interest, and council staff are set to leave the building empty until the market recovers.
Andrew Leah, property services manager for Burnley Council, explained: “The council currently occupies six main office properties.
“The largest four of these are the town hall, Parker Lane, Nicholas Street and the Contact Centre.
“Given current levels of staffing, however, its office requirements can now be consolidated into three of these four with consequent revenue savings.
“The delivery of these savings has been assumed in formulating draft savings proposals of £1.8m to balance the 2013/14 budget.
“In February 2012 the executive approved the trial marketing of the Nicholas Street offices. Nicholas Street suffers from restricted access due to a dated layout and the absence of a lift.
“For sale/to let boards were erected on Nicholas Street in April this year but as yet there has been no firm interest. In order that long term savings can be made however, it is now appropriate to move forward with its vacation and mothballing.
“As an early disposal either by sale or lease of Nicholas Street seems unlikely the preferred option suggested is to mothball the building until the market recovers and an alternative use can be found.”
The building is currently occupied by members of staff from the council’s Streetscene department and property services, and they will be relocated into other offices.
The building also includes the garage to park the mayor’s car, and in the short term this will continue to be used.