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Minister praises Wiltshire Council for saving £85 million on council facilities

Baroness Hanham hails council's trailblazing asset management strategies that are protecting frontline services.

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Wiltshire County Hall opening

Baroness Hanham with Christine Crisp, Wiltshire Council chairman, and Jane Scott, Wiltshire Council leader

On a visit to Wiltshire Council Baroness Hanham saw first-hand the significant achievements made by the council whose trailblazing assets management strategies are protecting frontline services.

The County Hall refurbishment is part of a major transformation programme that will save £85 million over the next 20 years by rationalising the number of buildings used by the council.

As part of the official opening, the minister was taken on a tour of the new office building redesigned to make the best use of office space and state of the art library which has already seen over 1,000 visitors in 7 weeks.

Also at the opening ceremony were Olympic kayak gold medalist, Ed McKeever and Paralympic swimming silver medalists Aaron Morres and Stephanie Milward. Local torch bearers and games makers also attended the community event.

Wiltshire Olympians and Paralympians

Baroness Hanham meeting Wiltshire Olympians and Paralympians.

Local Government Minister Baroness Hanham said:

“In the past 2 years I have worked closely with local authorities to encourage them, together with other local public bodies, to have a programme of asset management. Wiltshire Council has made significant progress with this and I am delighted to be able to see their innovative approach today at first hand.

“This will save Wilstshire’s council tax payers at least £85 million. As two thirds of all public sector assets are owned by councils, if they all followed this example it could potentially save billions of pounds, as well as making better use of public assets and improving services for local residents.”

More images from Baroness Hanham’s visit are available from the DCLG Flickr channel

Published 2 November 2012