Voters back £9million new council office build

NADV 1306188AM1 Council offices. Knapping mount. (1306188AM1)
NADV 1306188AM1 Council offices. Knapping mount. (1306188AM1)

The majority of people back the council’s bid to build a new £9million state-of-the-art office at Knapping Mount, according to the results of a public survey.

Over 57 per cent of the 822 people who responded to the council’s public consultation supported the option to relocate from the current five offices to one purpose built site.

This option is the council’s preferred option and has been backed by Conservative councillors from the start, although Harrogate Lib Dems have voiced concerns.

Council leader, Coun Richard Cooper, (Con, High Harrogate) said: “The majority of respondents have supported the option to develop purpose-built offices at the Knapping Mount site. This move would offer many benefits such as improving customer service by dealing with all customer queries from one location, offering long term financial savings through reduced running costs and improving efficiency.”

During the 10-week public consultation, a response proposed that new purpose-built offices could be built at Hornbeam Park. At a meeting on August 20, Cabinet will consider whether to analyse this proposal or push ahead with the preferred option.