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Chance for residents to have their say on former Parkside proposals
8:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
BROMSGROVE residents can view the proposals to turn a former town school into a one-stop shop of council services at an event being held later this month.
A planning application is expected to be submitted within weeks to turn the former Parkside Middle School, Stourbridge Road, into a council hub including a new library, council offices, a district council chamber, customer service centre, community hall and a registry office.
Before the scheme is finalised, and the application is submitted, members of the public are being asked for their views.
A consultation session will take place in the Committee Room of the Council House, Burcot Lane, between 3-8pm on Thursday, March 21.
A second session is being held on Monday, March 25, between 3-8pm.
Outline plans of the proposed hub of services will be available to view, with council officers on hand to explain the proposals.
In addition, the plans will remain on display in Bromsgrove Library, pending the submission for planning approval.
Alan Stokes, from Worcestershire County Council, said: "The plans for the former school site are ambitious.
"We're keen to hear residents' thoughts and would encourage them to drop-in to the sessions.
“There will be a further opportunity for the public to make comments on the proposals in due course, as part of the formal planning process."
John Staniland, from Bromsgrove District Council, added: "By moving the council from an outdated and inefficient building, it will save us money to the tune of £150,000 per year and will significantly increase footfall in the town centre.
"It also means we are utilising a valuable site in the town centre which currently houses a boarded-up building.”
Anyone who cannot make the events, but who would like to submit comments, can do so by emailing email@example.com, or call 01905 765836, before April 30.