Maximising council office space in Bury St Edmunds could save more than £150,000

West Suffolk House
West Suffolk House
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Plans to move more county council staff into St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s headquarters could save taxpayers more than £150,000 a year.

A review of occupation at West Suffolk House, in Western Way, says the county council could relocate more staff into the building as part of ‘wider rationalisation of its properties’.

St Edmundsbury Borough now occupies less than 50 per cent of the property, which is jointly owned by both authorities.

A key plan is to increase the number of desks from 491 to 524. County council staff from the leased Caxton House, in St Andrews Street South, could be relocated. An access point and space for young people currently served at Caxton House would be provided at West Suffolk House.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury said: “We have been carrying out a review of West Suffolk House to ensure the building is used to its full potential.

“The building – opened in 2009 - already has staff from the joint St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath council team, Suffolk County Council and other public sector partners have worked from here and used the meeting rooms.

“We’re proposing to increase the number of desks and move some staff around the building to create room for more people to work from the offices in Western Way.

“The reorganisation will mean savings in overheads which will benefit council taxpayers.”