Council HQ on the move

AROUND £350,000 will be saved each year by relocating East Dunbartonshire Council’s headquarters to Southbank Marina from Tom Johnston House in Kirkintilloch.

The savings are in addition to the £30million that the council has already had to cut from its budget since 2008/09.

The new civic and corporate headquarters will be officially opened on August 13, by council leader Councillor Rhondda Geekie and Provost Una Walker.

Tom Johnston House will be closed from August 24.

Councillor Geekie said: “The marina move and the creation of the community hub in Kirkintilloch forms part of our work to streamline the operating costs of our council buildings and deliver more efficient services.

“The one-off investments in these projects allows us to generate year on year savings, which help protect frontline services.

“Combined with the other accommodation moves that have taken place, and the introduction of new ways of working for our employees, this will make us leaner and fitter for the challenges ahead.

“The savings that we have generated and will continue to generate are substantial and are clearly better than the alternative of service cuts and job losses.”

The new headquarters will be open to members of the public attending council meetings or visiting their local councillor.

Residents can get information and make payments for a wide range of council services by either calling the council’s contact centre on 0300 123 4510 or visiting Tom Johnston House from August 6 to 24.