New Building at Riverbank marks next milestone to delivering £1m savings plan

Riverside New Building

60 Council employees have now moved into the new "Riverside" building in Bideford as the Council looks to consolidate services onto one site, not only to improve efficiency but to save money as well. The building is part of the Councils ambitious "Transforming Torridge" programme which has been designed to save money while continuing to maintain front line services in the wake of further reductions in Government grants to local authorities.

The building now houses teams from Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Leisure and Economic Regeneration and several other key services. The move has been coordinated with the marketing and sale of Bridge Buildings in Bideford,  which when complete will release further savings to be spent on maintaining and improving the way the Council provides services for its residents.

The Transforming Torridge programme has already realised £878,000 in savings against the £1,000,000 forecast by the Council when the programme was initiated.

Councillor Jane Whittaker - Leader Torridge District Council said:

"Its brilliant to be able to celebrate the news that the new "Riverside" building in Bideford has been completed as it moves us closer to a single consolidated site for the majority of Council services. The next steps will see the disposal of some of our older and operationally more costly buildings and the introduction of a new purpose built customer service hub. The overall aim is to continue to find ways to save money in the face of reducing Central Government grants but without compromising the level of service we offer residents and visitors. The initiatives also include offering customers more ways of applying for services both online and through officers out in the community. The savings will also allow us to continue to build on the community grants programme, thereby putting money back into our communities across the district, a programme  which has already delivered nearly £775,000 in grants."

11 December 2017