A new home for Sleaford Town Council

Quayside House, formerly the home of Sleaford/Grantham College, now to become Sleaford Town Council's new home. EMN-151022-180535001
Quayside House, formerly the home of Sleaford/Grantham College, now to become Sleaford Town Council's new home. EMN-151022-180535001

It is an exciting time for Sleaford Town Council as it prepares to relocate into its own designated Town Hall for the first time in a decade.

The council left its old offices and chamber located on the St George’s Academy site 10 years ago, instead temporarily holding meetings at Carre’s Grammar School and then at The Source.

Meanwhile administration was carried out in a cramped office unit on Carre Street and the authority has since gone through a number of failed plans to find a new home.

Now, since Grantham College put Quayside House, opposite the NCCD, off Carre Street, on the market 18 months ago, officials have been locked in negotiations to acquire it.

Now office staff plan to move across on Friday November 6, ready to be open on Monday November 9.

Mayor Garry Titmus and clerk Sheila Scholes showed The Standard around the new facility. He said: “I don’t think we could have asked for something more suited.”

They have already started to move some furniture in from storage and there will need to be some phased minor alterations done to make rooms suitable, but the building is in good condition.

There is an ideal public waiting area and reception counter where there might even be scope for tourist information to be available, Coun Titmus said.

There is plenty of secure office space for the administrative staff, including private rooms for meetings with members of the public about sensitive matters.

There are toilets upstairs and downstairs and a lift, a small kitchen and plenty of storage space.

“It is good news for the town,” said Coun Titmus. There is a good sized downstairs room ideal for community groups or presentations. There is a similar sized room available upstairs too.

The former IT suite upstairs will be stripped out to become the main council meeting room, which has much better acoustics. Coun Titmus said: “Flexibility is what we are going for.”