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Council wants to open town centre office
12:00am Thursday 27th September 2012 in Andover
Ludgershall Town Council may open its own office in the town centre.
The town council is one of the most active in the area and owns the town’s car park, public conveniences, recreation ground, Jubilee Gardens, cemetery, playgrounds and allotments but is run from the home of the parish clerk. Ludgershall wants to prepare the ground so that a new clerk will be easier to find for the increasingly involved job when the time comes to make a new appointment.
Councillor Barry Crane, said: “The current clerk will not carry on forever and anybody who takes over will want somewhere to work.”
In the short term the option is likely to involve renting one of Ludgershall’s empty shops.
Councillor Ken Beard hoped the Memorial Hall could be used. Although space and disabled access issues preclude this option currently it could be a longterm possibility with some additional building work.
This might involve excavating ground to the west of the hall and adding modern accommodation on the side– hopefully financed in part by the sum given to Ludgershall by the old Kennet District Council in its final weeks.
Cllr Beard, a long-time member of Kennet, said: “The £300,000 was ringfenced for Ludgershall.”
However, some other councillors doubted whether Wiltshire Council would be prepared to release the money even though the money was quite clearly allocated to Ludgershall at the time.