Mixed news for move project

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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A LOCAL authority’s scheme to move into new headquarters has received a boost.

Planning permission has been granted for Pegswood Parish Council’s application to refurbish Cemetery Lodge near the Welfare Park into office space and some meeting rooms.

However, it may be a little while yet until it can be progressed because officials have discovered a covenant going back many years, which says that the building can only be used for cemetery purposes.

The council’s clerk, Kevin Cassie, said: “It looks like we will have to apply for this covenant to be lifted.

“Until it happens, we can’t go forward with the tendering process because we can’t give companies a timescale for the works.”

The authority will be going from the offices that it currently rents at the Union Depot off Front Street. The works include alterations to the front elevations to provide disabled access and toilet facilities.

Councillors believe it will have a stronger identity as a result of the move and the location is useful because it is taking on responsibility for the cemetery and Welfare fields.

The project will modify the living room, bedroom and bathroom currently in place and improvements will be carried out to the kitchen.

Although there are no parking facilities outside the building, there are some public spaces nearby.

Meanwhile, all the locations for the council’s new noticeboards, which will contain parish and community information, have been finalised.

Later this summer, three large boards will be installed outside the Cemetery Lodge, next to the Sub Post Office in John Street and on the corner of Front Street and Longhirst Road. Three smaller boards will be located in the Station Cottages allotment site, at the side of the pavilion in the Juliet Oakley Activity Area and outside the Wellway medical centre in West View.