01 August 2011

People are being encouraged to have their say on proposals to close two council-managed buildings in the county.

Northamptonshire County Council is currently consulting on proposals to close Russell House in Northampton and Corby’s Connaughty Centre.

Groups and organisations that use the centres have already been contacted and invited to give their feedback.

Now, the council has published the details on its online consultation register and anyone who hasn’t responded to the consultation can do so using the website.

Councillor Andrew Langley, cabinet member with responsibility for property and asset management, said: “We are looking at these proposals as part of our asset utilisation strategy which aims to make sure we manage our assets effectively, delivering our strategic priorities while also ensuring value for money for taxpayers.

“We’ve identified that the two buildings are not necessary for the delivery of our own services and we want to examine the impact of any potential changes, including closure, for local groups who use the facilities.

“Any decisions about the future of the buildings will be taken at cabinet meeting in autumn and we want local people to use the consultation to help shape the outcome.”

In addition, centre users are being invited to attend specially-arranged meetings during August to discuss the proposals.

The consultation can be accessed via the consultations register.

The consultation runs until 30th September.

Additional information:

Northamptonshire County Council owns Russell House and is the leaseholder for the Connaughty Centre.