New offices will save council cash

Eastbourne Borough Council office
Eastbourne Borough Council office

EASTBOURNE Borough Council has moved in to new state-of-the-art offices - saving £340,000 a year.

The move, from 68 Grove Road to newly refurbished offices at 1 Grove Road, is designed to help cut costs and increase productivity as part of a project called Agile Working. Modern working practices including hot desking and paperless work processes have been brought in, while the building’s carbon footprint has been reduced through new windows and solar shading installed alongside the Agile Working Programme as part of an essential works project for the building.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Tutt said, “Councils are under more pressure than ever before to deliver better services and to cut costs. “Our Agile Working Programme is allowing us to meet those challenges by making our staff more mobile and productive, and therefore able to get out and spend more time with our customers.

The success of this project, both in terms of the speed it has been implemented and the significant savings it will bring, must be applauded. The project is an excellent example of how as a local authority, we have been able to deliver a major IT scheme without any delay of over-spend, something other authorities and public sector organisations have failed to do.

“By moving out of 68 Grove Road we have eliminated a major cost for a building which contributed little to front line service delivery.

“Agile Working is a very exciting concept which, through a major cultural change within the council, will allow staff to have more freedom over where and how they work and live.”

The project will immediately deliver cost savings of £340,000 a year.

Scanning documents in order to cut back on the use of paper will alone deliver savings of £20,000 a year while overall an efficiency improvement target of 10 per cent has been set.