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Town council denied room by borough authority
CREWE Town Council announced their HQ would be at the St Paul’s Centre in Hightown, after the borough authority made the ‘odd’ decision to deny them access to the Municipal Buildings.
Cheshire East Council (CEC) said they couldn’t give the all-labour authority a room in the building because they might need the space at a later date.
Town council clerk, Steve McQuade, said being based at the Municapal Buildings was ‘right and proper’, and would have made sense for rate payers.
“Given the council has only one employee at present, given that the council has offered to take up occupancy on a rolling one month basis and given that – as we understand it – there is vacant space, it does seem odd that the town council cannot be accommodated somewhere in the building.
“Operationally it would be of benefit, as the council would have easy day-to-day access to the civic regalia, but more importantly the public could find the council in the place they would expect to find the town council.
“The council is very satisfied with its present base, but see that home as temporary and hopefully through negotiation a small amount of space can be found at the Municipal.
“The council is not asking for any space to be provided free of charge and would expect to pay for use of space and facilities at an agreed rate.
“Finally, the town council wishes to work constructively with the primary authority and in many respects there are sound operational benefits in being co-located.”
In a statement, a spokesman for CEC said: “Cheshire East Council is currently undergoing a transformational change and any spare capacity at the building has been earmarked for future use by the local authority.”
Town council leader, Kevin Hickson said they would continue to lobby for access to the building.
“In the meantime we are really pleased to be using space in St Paul’s. It is centrally located and a busy hub for the community, so we see many advantages of having a base there,” he added.
St Paul’s Revered Rob Wykes was happy to accommodate the authority.
He said: “We look forward enjoying the company of the council and its officers for as long as the council wishes to remain in residence.”
Labour completed a whitewash victory in the founding town council elections in April, claiming all 20 seats on the authority.
The council soon hope to install a direct phone line at St Paul’s to allow the public to make contact.
The full address of their HQ is St. Paul's Centre, Hightown, Crewe, Cheshire. CW1 3BY
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