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Guildhall's future in doubt

City of York Council

3:16pm 13th December 2011

As part of the continuing review of its accommodation, City of York Councillors will consider plans for the future custodianship of the Guildhall, ahead of the council’s move to its new headquarters in West Offices next year.

It had been anticipated that member support arrangements and major meetings would continue to be held in the historic Guildhall after the move to West Offices.

However, the provision of high quality, secure meeting rooms in the new offices, and the high running and refurbishment costs of the Guildhall have led to the creation of revised options.

Under the proposals, councillors and member support services would be accommodated within the new offices, with many key meetings taking place at West Offices.

However, it is proposed that the council retains the use of the Guildhall Council Chamber for meetings of full council.

Members of the council’s cabinet will discuss the options at a meeting of the Cabinet on 10th January 2012.

If agreed, officers will finalise plans to help shape the future potential uses of the building and support the wider regeneration of the city centre river frontage.

Under the proposals, members of the Cabinet will also consider plans to move staff currently based at St Anthony’s House to West Offices or the Eco Depot.

If agreed, this would reduce the council’s building portfolio to just two: the Eco Depot and West Offices, and would provide additional savings over and above those previously agreed.

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member of Corporate Services, said:

“The Guildhall is an important historic asset for the city and it’s vital that we ensure it can continue to be used and enjoyed by residents and local organisations for years to come.”

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