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Council office jobs are under threat

Created on 15/03/2017 @ 07:23
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Jobs are under threat at Welshpool after Powys County Council confirmed they are buying Ladywell House in Newtown.

MyWelshpool understands the council is in the final stages of legal negotiations to purchase Ladywell House in Newtown putting a question mark over whether it will relocate staff from north Powys, including Newtown, into a single site.

MyWelshpool reported the possible closure and relocation of staff last year.

It is part of the council’s ongoing savings. It has already admitted it plans to consolidate sites, though the building comes partially occupied.

It is not known what would happen with Neuadd Maldwyn in Severn Road, although speculation is on the Grade II listed site being sold off for other purposes to raise income.

A council spokesperson said: “We have reached a principle agreement with the Welsh Government to buy Ladywell House but legal discussions are still ongoing before the purchase can be finalised.
“We hope these discussions will be completed over the coming weeks.”

It is understood all administrative staff and sites within Newtown will be relocated to the building, along with those at the current main office headquarters for north Powys at Neaudd Maldwyn in Welshpool. Staff currenrly based at offices in other parts of north Powys could also be relocated there.

The Welsh Government and other tenants, such as the Big Lottery Fund and private companies, will remain at Ladywell House.

Photo: Ladywell House in Newtown

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