Green light given to West Northamptonshire Council office optimisation plans

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Plans to bring more council services together into a central office in Northampton, whilst safeguarding the town’s historic civic traditions, has received the go-ahead.

At their meeting last week, West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) Cabinet members agreed proposals to move the majority of its back-office workers to its Northampton base in One Angel Square (OAS), with key sites in Daventry and Towcester continuing as local hubs where customers can access support and help.

Under the proposals, WNC staff currently based in the modern part of the Guildhall will relocate to OAS with the exception of the Coroner’s service which will relocate to the historic part of the Guildhall. The historic Guildhall building will continue to be the democratic heart of West Northamptonshire and host civic and ceremonial events and activities, including continuing as the home to the Mayor of Northampton.

Northampton Town Council (NTC), a new council which covers parts of the town, was formed alongside WNC as part of government reorganisation in April 2021. WNC put in place a licence for NTC to use part of the historic Guildhall for three years while it established itself and its plans.

WNC has now agreed to extend this license by 12 months whilst

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