HAILSHAM: Councils looking at cost-saving partnerships

EASTBOURNE Borough Council could relocate some of its services to Hailsham to save up to £180,000.

Eastbourne is considering moving its building control services, including carrying out building health and safety assessments, to Wealden District Council’s offices in Hailsham which could save up to £180,000 for Eastbourne across a five-year period.

Wealden is still finalising the details of how the joint working will operate but hopes the move will make savings of £65,000 over the next three years.

“We are excited about the prospect of working with Eastbourne Borough Council on this project,” said a spokesman.

“Last month our Cabinet also agreed to explore opportunities of sharing other services with Rother District Council to help deliver greater value for money to our residents.”

Councillor Steve Wallis, Cabinet member for environment and economy, said, “The nature of building control work means officers spend a great deal of time on site, rather than in one office.

“It therefore made absolute sense to explore a partnership with our neighbouring authority, Wealden District Council.