Weston-super-Mare Town Hall to open after £9.7 million refurbishment
Weston-super-Mare’s remodelled Town Hall is to officially open to the public next week.
North Somerset Council has spent £9.7 million on refurbishing the building which will now open seven days a week.
The building will open on October 1 and the ground floor will house the new library, Homechoice and housing enquiries, council tax and benefits advice, 30 public computers plus the council’s reception.
There will also be payment kiosks for paying council invoices and self service library units to check books in and out.
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A new appointment system will also be introduced to make it easier for people to check in for meetings with council officers or book an appointment when they arrive.
The new library has 20 per cent more shelf space, dedicated children and teen zones and a new local studies area which is twice its original size.
The improvements are part of the authority’s office rationalisation programme to reduce its number of offices from 18 to two main bases – the town hall and Castlewood in Clevedon. Staff from other organisations including the NHS and contractors Agilisys and Liberata will also work at the two bases.
Council officials say the move will save the authority hundreds of thousands of pounds in rent, maintenance and running costs.
North Somerset Council leader Councillor Nigel Ashton said: “This wise investment in the Town Hall means we can offer more services to local people in one place, provide a new library fit for the 21st century and support the regeneration of Weston town centre.”