Council in building services partnership to help save cash

A NEW partnership has been set up between the council and neighbouring Rother to save money on building control services.

The Rother and Hastings Building Control Partnership covers both the Hastings and Rother local authority areas and is based at Bexhill town hall.

Hastings customers can still contact the service through the Hastings contact centre and officers with specialist Hastings knowledge will still spend much of their time in the town.

Both authorities said there will be no redundancies as a result of the agreement.

Savings will come from the joint-location and combining the small teams under one manager.

The partnership started yesterday (Thursday) and will initially run for a five-year period.

Building control provides a plan checking and site inspection service for new developments, including extensions and changes of use.

Staff inspect buildings to make sure they comply with regulations on structural stability, fire safety, fuel and power conservation and disabled access.

Councillor Peter Chowney, the borough council’s lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “I very much welcome the move which makes the service more efficient, gives it a better range of skills, and makes it more competitive with the private sector, so it’ll be able to win more work and it is still very much a local service, which I think is important.”

Councillor Carl Maynard, leader of Rother District Council, said: “Local authorities must look to work together to continue to deliver first-class services in the current financial climate.”

The Rother and Hastings Building Control Partnership can be contacted by calling 01424 787680 or emailed at buildingcontrol@rother.gov.uk.