Stourport Civic Centre revamp given the go-ahead

Kidderminster Shuttle: Stourport Civic Centre revamp given the go-ahead Stourport Civic Centre revamp given the go-ahead

THE £1.35 million refurbishment to return Stourport’s civic centre to community use has been agreed.

Planning approval has been granted for the application made by Worcestershire County Council and Stourport Town Council, proposing a change of use from civic offices and hall to mixed use, including a library, the Coroner’s service, business starter units and other facilities, as well as a lift and cycle shelter.

Councillor John Campion, county council cabinet member for transformation and commissioning, said: “Residents will be able to access a range of services in a single location within a modern, energy-efficient building.

“This project is a great example of three councils working together to make the best use of our buildings.”

County councillor Rob Adams, chairman of the planning and regulatory committee, said the move would create “vital cost savings.”

He added: “The project has unanimous support and will benefit the whole of the Wyre Forest district.”

The district council will pay £507,000 to refurbish the Civic Hall and the county council will contribute £1.2 million to the £1.35 million Civic Centre upgrade. The County Buildings, in Worcester Street, home to the library and Coroner’s court, will be go on sale for about £500,000.

Refurbishment will likely begin in spring, to be completed later this year.

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12:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jon cooper says...

So is this it then ... Can we all assume that the transfer of the Civic Centre, (and all the services that are to be housed within it), is now actually complete and secure ? Can we trust WFDC not to throw another spanner in the works by threatening at the last moment to impose a £5,500 per month penalty for each month the Civic Centre has been lying empty ??

The whole Stourport Civic Centre transfer has been a much overlooked issue that has most certainly passed the majority by. The potential axing of Stourport's frontline services, (as well as the threat to the district's arts movements that rely heavily on the Civic Hall), were very, very real; and I know for a fact that the successful conclusion of this transfer was acheived by understanding and diplomacy from a 'minority' of local cross-party politicians and volunteers.

With this transfer, Stourport will retain its library, but clearly it will be at an inferior level to what we're used to. I don't honestly think the reality of the situation will hit home until the bulldozers close in on the County Buildings ...
So is this it then ... Can we all assume that the transfer of the Civic Centre, (and all the services that are to be housed within it), is now actually complete and secure ? Can we trust WFDC not to throw another spanner in the works by threatening at the last moment to impose a £5,500 per month penalty for each month the Civic Centre has been lying empty ?? The whole Stourport Civic Centre transfer has been a much overlooked issue that has most certainly passed the majority by. The potential axing of Stourport's frontline services, (as well as the threat to the district's arts movements that rely heavily on the Civic Hall), were very, very real; and I know for a fact that the successful conclusion of this transfer was acheived by understanding and diplomacy from a 'minority' of local cross-party politicians and volunteers. With this transfer, Stourport will retain its library, but clearly it will be at an inferior level to what we're used to. I don't honestly think the reality of the situation will hit home until the bulldozers close in on the County Buildings ... jon cooper

4:16pm Mon 17 Feb 14

JayEmEl says...

If the County Buildings are due to be demolished where will the Heath Centre be moved to? It was stated some time ago that it would be moved to a new building on the site of Tan Lane school, but I see there is now a for sale board outside the site.
If the Health Authority move at the speed that they have shown for the new Bewdley centre then using the Stourport Health Centre will be an obstacle course to avoid all the unused premises in County Buildings. Not a delightful prospect!
If the County Buildings are due to be demolished where will the Heath Centre be moved to? It was stated some time ago that it would be moved to a new building on the site of Tan Lane school, but I see there is now a for sale board outside the site. If the Health Authority move at the speed that they have shown for the new Bewdley centre then using the Stourport Health Centre will be an obstacle course to avoid all the unused premises in County Buildings. Not a delightful prospect! JayEmEl

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