Council may move to White River Place
CORNWALL Council says it will consider plans to move council workers in St Austell into a new office at White River Place.
Proposals to move hundreds of Cornwall Council employees from Penwinnick Road into White River Place have been put forward in a bid to protect jobs in St Austell and increase footfall in the town centre.
This week Cornwall Council confirmed it is reviewing options for St Austell.
A spokesman from the local authority said: "The Cabinet considered a number of options at their meeting on November 27; because of the significant uncertainty at the time regarding various planning decisions in St Austell, the Cabinet asked that a further report on the council's properties in St Austell be bought forward in 2014.
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"We will be working towards a report with the involvement of local members and other stakeholders over the coming months."
The plans, proposed by St Austell Together, a group of business leaders spearheading a development scheme within St Austell, have emerged amid fears hundreds of workers currently based in St Austell could be transferred to a new office block due to be built in Bodmin.
Cornwall Council said it hoped the new office will be occupied by both council staff and employees from BT but there were no guarantees the telecommunications firm would agree to the deal.
The council spokesman said the authority had not ruled out the option of moving staff to White River and the plans will be looked at.
She said: "This is a matter for Cabinet to consider in due course, once sufficient information is available to prepare a paper.
"Ellandi has provided outline plans for their proposal to the council but these have been overtaken and incorporated in the St Austell Together document."