Council ‘planning move to new offices’

November 30th, 2012 Category: Office Cleaning

A local authority in Scotland is thinking about moving its leisure staff to new offices as it seeks to gain greater efficiency.

North Lanarkshire Council would have to pay out approximately £540,000 to move North Lanarkshire Leisure to new commercial premises, reports the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser. However, it is facing some pressure from those against the proposal, as it comes at a time when the body is working against a backdrop of cuts worth about £2 million.

The proposal includes moving employees from the Time Capsule in Coatbridge to the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld. It is suggested that while the minimum cost would be £540,000, it could actually turn out to be much higher.

North Lanarkshire Council funds the leisure organisation with taxpayers' money and Airdrie MSP Alex Neil described the plan as a "complete waste of public money". It noted that the council must cut £73 million from its budget and lose about 1,300 jobs.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Leisure explained it is just one of several options being considered by the body. It is thought that the major advantage of a move to the stadium is the potential to free up space for alternative uses at its existing base.

Of course, one of the key steps towards making a success of any such office move is to secure an office cleaning contract. This will ensure standards are high and staff and visitors are impressed by the surroundings on offer.

"Any major developments like this are subject to funding being made available and board approval. North Lanarkshire Leisure has a successful track record in demonstrating social, financial and health returns on investments," the spokesman stated.

Leisure facilities and offices could be utilised better if they are kept in a good condition and cleanliness might play a part in boosting staff productivity and morale. As such, it is always worth thinking long and hard about any office move or revamp that can impact on the overall performance of a firm.