Council aiming for a change of address

David Woodard, Alan Fowlie, Jenny Tindale, Alan Sambrook and Kevin Cassie from Pegswood Parish Council  at Pegswood Cemetery Lodge.

David Woodard, Alan Fowlie, Jenny Tindale, Alan Sambrook and Kevin Cassie from Pegswood Parish Council at Pegswood Cemetery Lodge.

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COUNCILLORS and staff in Pegswood may soon have a new home.

The authority has submitted a planning application to refurbish Cemetery Lodge near the Welfare Park into office space and meeting rooms.

The works include alterations to the front elevations to provide disabled access and toilet facilities. The council would move from the offices that it currently rents at the Uniun Depot off Front Street.

As a result of the changes, the living room, bedroom and bathroom currently in place would be removed and works carried out to the kitchen.

Pegswood Parish Council Clerk Kevin Cassie said: “Moving into Cemetery Lodge would give us our own identity and there would be a focal point for residents.

“It also makes sense for us to go to this part of the village as this is where we will have the most managerial responsibility once we take on the cemetery and Welfare fields.

“If we receive planning permission, we will be looking to make progress on this as quickly as possible.”

The proposed opening hours are 9am to 1pm on weekdays and the new bricks and tiles would match the existing styles as far as possible.

Although there are no parking facilities outside the building, there are some public spaces nearby and there is an area at the entrance to drop-off disabled people.

Residents can find out more about the application and other projects the authority is involved in at its annual assembly on Monday, which starts at 7pm at the Union Depot. This includes councillor ideas for the village’s future as part of its response to the county council’s core strategy consultation.