Thursday, 24 November 2016
OPERATIONS at Sheskburn House in Ballycastle could be scaled back as part of an on-going estate strategy by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The proposals would save the ratepayer as much as £20,000 per year with the number of staff working out of the building cut by 17.
If phase one is ratified at Tuesday evening's Full Council meeting the views of trade unions will then be sought before council moves to the next stage of a process described as both "complicated" and "drawn out" by the Head of Corporate Performance and Compliance, Mr Stephen McMaw.
Councillors who sit on the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee had three options to consider at last week's meeting with number two (see panel) receiving most support. However, it was only agreed on the basis that council will engage with unions representing local government staff.
It generates the biggest savings and would mean "excellent" integration of planners from County Hall with council's Building Control staff.
Under options one and three, a total of 28 and 33 staff would be moved from Sheskburn House respectively as opposed to 17.
Mr McMaw told the meeting this was the preferred option of councillors and officers and described it as "the most cost-effective direction of travel".
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