Councillors back renewed bid to sell offices

WEST Dorset District Council will push ahead with plans to sell its headquarters, despite failing to attract the original asking price.
After a marketing exercise earlier this year the council received a number of bids for its Stratton House campus but its executive committee was told none of these had met the amount the authority had initially hoped to receive for the site.
With the move to new offices in Charles Street due to be completed by the end of January, the committee was presented with a number of options for the future of Stratton House.
These included removing the site from the market and the council developing it or carrying out the work with a development partner with a view to attaining a higher value on the site.
Members instead opted to support an option that will see the site remarketed immediately in the hope of achieving a better price for the offices in their current state and to proceed with selling the premises.
Members were told that even if the lowest bid the council had received to date was accepted, savings achieved in the building of the new offices meant the relocation would still achieve a saving to the authority of over £200,000 a year.
Property and facilities manager Rosie Darkin told the meeting: “We are still on track to make savings in excess of £200,000 a year from the move to new offices.”
Council leader Robert Gould added: “The important thing is the business case for moving to new offices has been fulfilled.
“I think that's a really great outcome for this project and it's marvellous to think we are now, after what has been quite a long period of time, on the verge of fulfilling this project and moving on.”

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7:13pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

So, the £200,000 saving- does that include the lost revenue for the loss of the car park that the new council offices have been built on?

Does it also include the cost of illuminating the council offices seemingly 24 hours a day- even though lights are turned off in residential areas?
So, the £200,000 saving- does that include the lost revenue for the loss of the car park that the new council offices have been built on? Does it also include the cost of illuminating the council offices seemingly 24 hours a day- even though lights are turned off in residential areas? Is it me or is everything rubbish?

7:53pm Tue 11 Dec 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Laughable. Still, at least all of us living in Dorchester and visitors will have no problem seeing where all our money went.
Laughable. Still, at least all of us living in Dorchester and visitors will have no problem seeing where all our money went. CoogarUK.com

7:47am Wed 12 Dec 12

mr commonsense says...

Lies, lies, lies.
For Councillor Gould to say "the business case for moving has been fulfilled", is one of the most untruths I have ever heard.
We were told the business case for starting this project was based on WDDC getting £3,500,000 for Stratton House. Now we know there will be a shortfall of perhaps half of this plus the extra £2,000,000 added cost for rejigging phase two.
All in all this has turned out to be the most mismanaged scheme I have ever come across in my business life and we the voters of WDDC know what to do when the next election comes around.
One further point about the annual saving will the Council allow an independent audit to take place to verify this number ??? Perhaps a Council member could let us know who they would appoint.
Lies, lies, lies. For Councillor Gould to say "the business case for moving has been fulfilled", is one of the most untruths I have ever heard. We were told the business case for starting this project was based on WDDC getting £3,500,000 for Stratton House. Now we know there will be a shortfall of perhaps half of this plus the extra £2,000,000 added cost for rejigging phase two. All in all this has turned out to be the most mismanaged scheme I have ever come across in my business life and we the voters of WDDC know what to do when the next election comes around. One further point about the annual saving will the Council allow an independent audit to take place to verify this number ??? Perhaps a Council member could let us know who they would appoint. mr commonsense

1:06pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Fred Kite says...

Glyde Path House should be turned into a Thomas Hardy visitor centre including a theatre instead of tearing up the countryside by his cottage and it has on site car parking. But then it is already a done deal that it should be flogged off..
Glyde Path House should be turned into a Thomas Hardy visitor centre including a theatre instead of tearing up the countryside by his cottage and it has on site car parking. But then it is already a done deal that it should be flogged off.. Fred Kite

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