Burgh office re-opens after facelift

The Burgh Chambers in Buckhaven has opened again after a �90,000 refurbishment.
The Burgh Chambers in Buckhaven has opened again after a �90,000 refurbishment.
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The Burgh Chambers in Buckhaven has opened again after a £90,000 refurbishment.

It now provides modern, flexible accommodation for 85 council staff for the provision of services to the people of Levenmouth.

A refurbishment of Carberry House in Leven, costing just under £74,000 is also about to get under way and will provide office accommodation for 70 social work staff. The building will also continue to provide a civic space for weddings and other functions.

The refurbishments are part of a Fife-wide review of council offices which will see the number reduced from 97 to 31.

The council is facing a shortfall of £80m in its budget up to 2015 and the reduction in the number of offices it occupies is one of the ways it is trying to close the budget gap.

Jonathan Miles, of theorporate asset management service, said: “Many of the council’s offices are out of date and not fit for purpose. We completed a review of all our office accommodation and agreed back in 2010 which buildings we would invest in and which we would dispose of.

“The refurbishment of the Burgh Chambers, Buckhaven and Carberry House, Leven, are part of a Fife-wide plan to help us improve the quality of the services we provide through offices that are modern, flexible, have up-to-date IT access and can accommodate a greater number of staff regardless of the service they are delivering to our customers.”

The council offices being disposed of in the Levenmouth area are 96-98 Wellesley Road, Methil, 12 Station Road and the Alex Whyte office, Rose Terrace, both Leven.

The sale of these and other surplus properties is expected to generate capital receipts of £12.7 million in capital receipts as well as annual savings of £2.6m on property running costs.