The Worcestershire Shared Services Joint Committee has decided that the new home for Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) will be Wyre Forest House.
WRS is a shared service of the six district councils and Worcestershire County Council. It is responsible for environmental health, licensing and trading standards and has 93 staff in total. WRS has been searching for a new office location offering up to about 50 desks because the lease on its present offices in Worcester is coming to an end.
The Joint Committee considered two viable proposals and Wyre Forest House was selected. As part of the move to Wyre Forest House, the district council will also be providing a full ICT support package for WRS.
The Chairman of the Joint Committee, Councillor Mark Bullivant said “Wyre Forest District Council submitted a very strong proposal which offered modern and flexible office accommodation, with a good range of supporting facilities including a café and meeting rooms, and a fully hosted service for information technology and communications. The Joint Committee was impressed by the bid and agreed it unanimously.”
Councillor Marcus Hart, the Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, said “I am absolutely delighted that Wyre Forest House will be the new home for Worcestershire Regulatory Services. The Council’s staff had put together a compelling and comprehensive bid. The income that the Council will generate from rent and the ICT support is an excellent example of how we are adopting a commercial approach. Increasing income in this way helps to fund the essential services which local community’s value. We are looking forward to welcoming WRS colleagues to Wyre Forest House in the spring.”
Steve Jorden, Head of Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “We are looking forward to moving to our new accommodation and getting to know our colleagues better at Wyre Forest District Council."
The move is planned to take effect by the beginning of April 2015