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Meeting to discuss the future location of Leek Tourist office to be held tonight

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

Leek Tourist Information Office in Market Place whose future location could be decided at a special meeting this Thursday

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A SPECIAL meeting is to take place tonight, Thursday, to discuss relocating Leek's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) to the Nicholson Institute in a bid to save more than £300,000.

Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's service delivery overview and scrutiny panel earlier this month ruled the suggested location would be hidden away from visitors, that access was difficult and the proposed room was small.

Councillors agreed that officers should explore other sites in the town for the relocation, including the Foxlowe Arts Centre. Officers were instructed to bring back a report on sites available to the next scrutiny panel meeting for further discussion.

However, members of the council's ruling cabinet overruled the scrutiny panel and agreed to go ahead with the move before the report was brought back.

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Following this decision several councillors 'called in' the issue, which means further discussions will now have to take place. The move is set to save the authority £316,378 over a 16-year period as it aims to sub-let the Market Place building.

A report to councillors for Thursday's meeting, says: "The council's medium term financial plan has identified the need for £2,257,440 of efficient savings in the next three years.

"The council's lease on 1 Market Place is reviewed annually on March 30 each year and currently has 16 years left to run until March 2030. Based upon the current rent of £19,774 per annum, which is increased annually based on the retail price index, this places £316,378 asset liability on the council.

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