Town Council set to purchase own premises

Bishop Auckland Town Council is close to realising a long term goal of purchasing its own offices.

The Town Council has rented an office in the Four Clocks Centre on Newgate Street since it was established in 2007.  Over the past few years the Council has been looking to purchase its own building rather than renting as this would be more cost effective.  In October 2015, following publication of its intentions in the Bishop Press, it agreed a maximum budget of £350,000 for the purchase and renovation of a suitable building or to build new premises if suitable land could be acquired.

Suitable premises have now been identified in Bishop Auckland town centre which would cost around £220,000 taking into account a degree of building work that would be required.  The exact location or identity of the premises cannot be disclosed at this time due to commercial sensitivity, but the building is ideal for the Council’s needs and would meet its current and long term requirements.  The premises would also provide income from renting out surplus office accommodation.

Purchase of these premises could be accommodated within the Council’s existing budgets and given the potential for rental income could be accommodated within its current accommodation budget.

Further consideration is to be given by the Council on Tuesday 1st May at 6.15 pm in the Four Clocks Centre, Newgate Street. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal can attend the meeting or email council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk.

A copy of the Agenda for the meeting can be viewed on the Town Council Agenda page.