Peterborough's Visitor Information Centre to be relocated
The Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street is to be relocated.
The centre, which provides information on what to do in Peterborough and how to get around, is to be moved a few doors down into either the north or south wing of the Town Hall.
This will allow Peterborough City Council to rent out the empty unit for £42,000 a year.
Moreover, the Peterborough Telegraph can reveal that services currently provided at Bayard Place in Broadway will now be provided in two separate units in Bridge Street near the Town Hall, one of which is currently occupied by Puzzles? which in turn is moving two doors down to the former Costa coffee shop.
Both new council units will be opposite the new Cross Keys office in Bridge Street.
The council said it will help Puzzles? with its relocation costs.
The plans for the new service centres in Bridge Street have been submitted to the council’s planning department.
As previously revealed by the PT Bayard Place has been on the market for £6.2 million, with a sale nearing completion.
The offices will then be converted into 115 flats.
The PT understands that Secret Millionaire Mike Greene, who featured on the Channel 4 show eight years ago, is involved in the project.
The council said it will have its staff moved out of Bayard Place by the middle of March next year.
The sale of Bayard Place will help the council bridge its large budget deficit.
The authority is making nearly £11.5 million of savings as it responds to huge pressures on its finances as a result of a £45 million reduction in its government grant (80 per cent) and millions of pounds of rising pressures on children and adults in care.
Even with the £11.4 savings made, that will still leave a £3 million budget gap to fill.
To have your say on the latest set of proposals, you can view the budget document on the council’s website and complete an online questionnaire.
Hard copies of the budget and questionnaire will be available at the Town Hall and Bayard Place receptions and in each of the city’s libraries by 9am on Monday, October 8.
The council’s cabinet will consider the proposals at its meeting on Monday, October 15.
Comments received up to 5pm on Friday, November 30 will be considered by the cabinet on Monday, December 3.
The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday, December 10.
Full Council will then consider the proposals on Wednesday, December 12.