New facility planned for Whitley Depot

Published Tuesday, 07 July 2020

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration is set to approve a small amount of additional funding to enable a new administration and deployment facility at Whitley Depot on London Road to go ahead.

The new facility will replace the existing administration buildings on the site, along with the ICT Data Centre on Jackson Road.

The plans are the result of an extensive property review by the Council into whether its buildings are fit for purpose. Following this review, the administration buildings at Whitley Depot and the ICT Data Centre were identified as being no longer fit for purpose.

The planned new facility would modernise and streamline the site and would create one purpose-built deployment space for several Council departments. By bringing all staff into one building the Council hopes to improve the efficiency of the site and enable the teams to be able to continue to deliver for residents as efficiently as possible.

As part of the plans, the ICT Data Centre will be decommissioned and demolished. Pending planning permission, the land at Jackson Road which will be freed up as a result of this would be released back to St Paul’s Cemetery.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “As a Council, our number one priority is delivering our services to our residents. As part of this, we must review our own facilities to make sure that they are providing adequate support to our staff in their everyday work.

“Whitley Depot was built in the ‘60s and while the Jackson Road site is slightly newer, both sites are showing their age and are frankly unfit for purpose.

 “We believe that by building this new modern site and streamlining the Depot we will be able to ensure that we are able to deliver our services in as efficient and cost-effective manner both now and for years to come.”

The Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration is being asked to approve additional funding of £480,000. However, it’s estimated that the new facility would save the Council between £200,000 and £250,000 per year, mainly due to its significantly cheaper running costs when compared to the existing facilities at Whitley Depot and Jackson Road.

Barry Hastie, Director of Finance at Coventry City Council, said: “In this challenging economic climate, the Council is always looking for ways to deliver the same services in the most cost-effective way possible. Approving this relatively small additional amount of funding makes good sense as we are set to make significant longer term savings. So, from a financial point of view, investing in this new facility makes sense.”

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