Harborough Council unveils temporary relocation plans

Harborough District Council offices in Adam and Eve Street
Harborough District Council offices in Adam and Eve Street

HARBOROUGH District Council staff will move into Miller’s House in Roman Way while their headquarters is redeveloped, the authority announced today (Wednesday).

The council has signed a short-term lease to operate from the building, which is just a few minutes’ walk from its HQ in Adam and Eve Street.

The new office will house the council’s core services and the library, it said this afternoon.

Council and planning meetings will be held in the Three Swans Hotel, while the ruling executive and scrutiny meetings will be held in Lutterworth Pavilion.

Some staff will work remotely during the work.

It will be open to the public from January 21 2013 until early in 2014, when the redeveloped Adam and Eve Street building will be open for business.

The revamped headquarters will have improved public access, better civic amenties and improved facilities for the Harborough Museum and library and the council will generate income by leasing some of the space for office and retail use.

Anna Graves, chief executive of the council, said: “This temporary arrangement keeps the council’s headquarters within the town, so people who need to come in and see us can carry on doing so without too much disruption.

“However, space is going to be tight and there will be few meeting rooms available, so I’d remind people to contact us via our website or customer call centre if they can.

“This will help us avoid unnecessary queues at Miller’s House and make sure the space available is used for things that have to happen face to face.”

Staff will begin moving over to the new building in the coming weeks, but the council’s walk in services will still be based at Adam and Eve Street until Wednesday, January 16.

There will be two days, Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18, when there will be no face-to-face services available.

This is necessary to physically relocate the customer services arrangements into the temporary location, said the council.

The library will be temporarily closed from December 8 so stock can be transferred to the new site.

The lending period for books will be extended to cover the closure period, meaning no books will be scheduled for return during the removal process.

The library at Miller’s House will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8.45am until 6pm, from Wednesday through to Friday from 8.45am until 5pm, and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: “We are pleased that arrangements have been finalised. Keeping the library in the town during the work is important and means residents will continue to have a library on their doorstep.

“This is a really exciting time for the museum. During the temporary closure, Leicestershire County Council staff will be preparing new displays for the artefacts to make sure everything is ready to move back into Harborough museum early in 2014.”