Council bid for new HQ

St Annes Public Office
St Annes Public Office

ST ANNES Town Council has made an ambitious bid to buy the town’s historic former Public Offices.

If it goes ahead, the listed building (pictured) would be used by staff and community groups – and house a new heritage centre.

The move would herald new jobs, as the town council seeks to take on more local responsibilities.

However, more than 10,000 St Annes council tax payers would face increases to their bills to pay for the building.

The town council sees the old offices – put up for sale by Fylde Borough Council – as its “spiritual home”.

Fylde Council pulled out of plans to have a new town hall because of the cost involved, deciding to make use of its current building on which work will start at the end of this year.

The scheme will be part-funded from the sale of no longer-used assets – including the former Public Offices on Clifton Drive South, a Grade II listed building.

Full story in this week’s Express.