This is how new council office could look

An artist's impression of the plans
An artist's impression of the plans

Bridlington Town Council has revealed the first artist’s impressions of how its new offices in the town centre could look.

As exclusively revealed in the Free Press last week, councillors want to buy a disused restaurant in Marshall Avenue and transfer there from their current base in Quay Road.

The building is currently empty and was last used as a restaurant.

The building is currently empty and was last used as a restaurant.

The plan, which was not unanimously supported by members, is to create a community hub in the building, which currently has a ‘sold’ sign outside and was on the market for £225,000.

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A statement by the council said: “Bridlington Town Council have been searching for some time for a property for offices in the town centre of Bridlington that would be able to incorporate a big community investment in the town.

“The town council is determined to offer the town some viable community space as such a purchase would only be justifiably in the best interests of the residents.

The current offices in Quay Road.

The current offices in Quay Road.

“The building being purchased is located on Marshall Avenue and will be able to provide both a versatile upstairs community space and town council office space which will hopefully help to transform some services to the town centre area.

“The whole building will be fully Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant in order to accommodate the needs of all.

“Bridlington Town Council is currently working closely with East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), members of the Bridlington Youth Coalition and local charities to source additional funding to ensure that the cost to the public is minimised and that services provided will be of maximum benefit to the whole of the Bridlington community.

“It is envisaged that the building will be open at least five days a week and will include an informal community space, training and educational space, employment, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities, a café, a range of drop-in services, along with meeting spaces and offices available for other local services, small businesses and community groups to use.”

It has advised organisation or community groups who would be interested in using the centre, or have suggestions on how it could be used, to contact Fiona Turner from ERVAS on 01482 871077 or email fiona@ervas.org.uk.

Feedback about the planned development can be sent to Bridlington Town Council, 62 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4HX or by emailing clerk@bridlington.gov.uk.