Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire police and council to share space

Police officers, health staff and council workers will share office space in Staffordshire to save money.

The bodies involved say it will not affect the level of service they provide but will mean residents can access various services in one place.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council will share its civic offices with Staffordshire Police, the PCT and Staffordshire County Council.

The moves are due to take place over the next 12 months.

Council staff at the civic offices will move within the building to free up space.

'Common-sense solution'

Discussions are also taking place about office space at the recently refurbished Kidsgrove Customer Service Centre.

Councillor Stephen Sweeney, leader of the borough council, said: "By sharing office space with our partners it provides for closer joint working on projects and initiatives and at the same time helps to share the property-related costs between the partners.

"It will also make better use of the office space we occupy."

Staffordshire Police Authority chairman David Pearsall said: "This is a really positive development for the town.

"It's not only a common-sense solution to the financial challenges we face, it also offers a very real opportunity for police and partners to work together to join up and improve services for local people."

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