Public council meetings are set to be moved to Lynn’s Town Hall as part of the proposed relocation of local employment services.
Plans to switch the town’s Job Centre from its current Lovell House home, in St Nicholas Street, to West Norfolk Council’s offices in Chapel Street were announced by the government last month.
But, as Job Centre staff move in to the Kings Court complex over the coming months, councillors will find themselves moving out.
Kathy Mellish, the borough council’s cabinet member for human resources, facilities and shared services, said the plan would see all meetings that are open to the public held in the town hall.
She said: “Historically, all council meetings were held there.
“There are rooms in there we hardly ever use. There is a lot of potential in the town hall.”
The Kings Court site has been the council’s headquarters since the early 1980s and most committee meetings, including Cabinet and planning, are currently held there. Only full council meetings are currently routinely held in the town hall.
Mrs Mellish said officials were currently looking at the work that needs to be done to enable the move to take place, including an upgrade of technology.
But her report to this Thursday’s full council meeting said that was being financed following a successful bid for funding from the ongoing One Public Estate project, which is reviewing the use of all public buildings in the borough.
Mrs Mellish said the Department for Work and Pensions had been given a deadline to complete the Job Centre switch, which is one of dozens taking place across England, Wales and Scotland.
She said she wants the work completed “the sooner the better.”
Her report added: “If successful, this proposal has the potential to deliver financial benefits to both organisation in terms of cost reduction, cost sharing and revenue generation.”
Mrs Mellish said the delivery of council services from Kings Court would be largely unaffected by the move, though some meetings with staff may have to be arranged in advance.
She is also confident the move will not cause a clash with other uses of the town hall, including the Stories of Lynn exhibition and as a wedding venue.