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News : Red Rose Hub to relocate in savings move

Thursday, 3rd September 2009

LANCASHIRE County Council will relocate its Red Rose Hub as part of the council's drive to save money.

Vacant space in existing county council buildings in Preston and Accrington will house the Hub from next year, at a saving of £600,000 every year.

This follows the decision by the county council's cabinet on Tuesday 1 September to look for savings to meet a likely funding shortfall at the council in future years.

Councillor Geoff Driver, leader of the county council said, "We know there are tough financial times ahead. That's why we are taking this opportunity to cut costs and use space freed up elsewhere as part of our accommodation review. The result will be good customer service at a lower cost for the people of Lancashire."

The Hub is currently the base for the Customer Service Centre, the Emergency Planning Service, an Adult Social Care team, part of the council's Property Group and the Woodlands conferencing facility. It is the base for around 300 staff.

The move is part of a wider accommodation review that has already saved £458,000 every year and freed up 3,300 square metres of office space since it began.

It takes advantage of space made available by the review of the county council's own Preston and Accrington buildings.

As part of the change the council's Customer Service Centre will be split across two locations. This will make the council better able to respond should an emergency or other incident such as a power cut affect one of the buildings.

Councillor Driver added, "We'll be managing this closely to make sure our customer service standards remain high throughout the move."

The county council has given notice to the landlord of the Hub building in Preston that it will end its tenancy by exercising a break clause in the lease.

Notes to editors

• The Red Rose Hub is currently based at Bluebell Way, Preston

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