Council likely to have relocated to shopping centre by end of year


Details of potential timescales were revealed during a meeting last week

Councillors at Cherwell District Council last week considered whether to move forward with selling the Council’s existing headquarters in Bodicote.   Money from the sale will be used to fund the authority’s move into new offices at the Castle Quay shopping centre in Banbury.

The discussion took place in private with the public and press excluded, but it looks likely that the council will have vacated Bodicote House and moved into the town centre by the end of this year.

That information was revealed during a question from the Leader of the Progressive Alliance, David Hingley to Conservative Council Leader Barry Wood.

Council Hingley said: “Are we still intending to proceed with the sale and move into Castle Quay by the end of this calendar year?”

Councillor Wood replied: “Yes is the short answer, we are.”

As we previously reported, Bodicote House – which was built for Cherwell District Council for its formation in 1974 – looks set to be demolished with the site used for new housing.

The Council announced its intention to relocate to the Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury last August.

Details of the amount raised through the sale of Bodicote House and the costs for the move to Castle Quay have not been disclosed.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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