Angus Councillors moved offices today from 5-7 The Cross, Forfar, to the former Access Office in the Municipal Buildings, with some additional office space in the Town and County Hall.
The buildings are connected via a link bridge allowing all members’ services to be delivered from a single location. The flit further reduces the number of the Council’s operational buildings as part of the Agile Programme, as set out in Report 480/15, which identified 5-7 The Cross as surplus to requirements.
Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) takes over the running costs and any future repair costs at 5-7 The Cross. The sale reduces council overheads and ongoing revenue costs as part of the local authority’s radical plans to address the significant budget gap.
Council Leader, Cllr David Fairweather said: “I’m sure all the councillors will join with me in welcoming this move which saves money now and in the future and helps us to reduce our carbon footprint. We are also excited to be welcoming a valued partner to The Cross – one that does so much great work across Angus.”
The Access Office has been vacant since May 2018 when its staff moved to Forfar Library as part of the Access/Library Integration programme. Construction works have been completed to convert the former Access office and areas of the Town and County Hall to provide efficient and fit for purpose offices in the buildings which house the Council Chambers.