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Published 12 May 2017

The first 300 West Dunbartonshire Council staff set to move into Dumbarton town centre are preparing for the switch to the refurbished Bridge Street offices.

Workers from the Council’s Roads, Contact Centre, Information Communications & Technology (ICT), Revenue & Benefits, Criminal Justice, Trade Unions, Assets, Admin, Housing Investment and Capital Investment teams are making the switch from Garshake Road to Bridge Street in the later part of May and into early June.

It’s the first of three big moves for Council staff into the heart of Dumbarton town centre – with the Municipal Buildings in Station Road set to open in November and the new Dumbarton town centre office on scheduled to open in January 2018.

The Municipal Buildings will house around 80 staff, including elected members and the Legal and Audit teams. Licensing Enquiries will also move to the Municipal Buildings, where the Registrars will also remain.

And when the new Dumbarton town centre office in Church Street opens its doors, it will play host to a wide range of services under one roof – including Customer Services. The facility will include a public area with multi-use civic space, training and meeting rooms with a substantial new building to the rear containing office space.

The design will retain the A-listed facade of the historic building, which is the former site of Dumbarton Academy, and house 500 Council staff – bringing the total number of Council staff relocating to the town centre to more than 800.

Richard Cairns, the Council’s Strategic Director for Regeneration, Environment & Growth, said: “We are very pleased that the first of the big moves into the town centre will be underway next month. The 300 staff moving to Bridge Street will be working in an energy efficient, welcoming building that marks just the first step in bringing Council services closer together for the benefit of residents as well as Council workers. Following on from the recent opening of our Clydebank town centre office, this is another positive move to bring more activity and spending into our town centres.

“With the plans in place for these three buildings, residents will be able to access all of the Council services they need within easy reach of each other, making it possible to speak to Housing, Customer Service, Licensing and other staff while paying rent or Council Tax bills. And with elected members to be based at the Municipal Buildings, Councillors will also be on hand for their constituents.”

Until the opening of the new Church Street building, Customer Services will continue to be available at Garshake.