COUNCILLORS are to decide whether to lease out a council building as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to lease Bryan Hanson House, in Lynn Street, as it is surplus to requirements in a move which could save £125,000.
It is proposed to lease the building to the firm that successfully won the council’s ICT contract and officers say it will mean rental income and reduced running costs.
The majority of Bryan Hanson House staff are being moved into the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.
A report to the finance and policy committee said the council has identified a number of underused administrative buildings, some of which have already been sold, in order to generate income and reduce running costs.
Denise Ogden, director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, said: “As part of the recent ICT tender process a number of bidders considered the potential of taking a lease of Bryan Hanson House in order to facilitate the delivery of the councils contract and provide an opportunity to service other clients from the same location.”
The report added that confidential terms for a lease, to start from January 1 2014, have been negotiated with the successful ICT tenderer.
The local authority was facing a gross budget deficit of £8.5m for the 2014-15 financial year, but finance chiefs have reduced that to £4.594m without any impact on services through using one-off factors including uncommitted resources, public health funding and ICT savings.
The committee meets on Thursday, September 19, at the Civic Centre, at 9.30am.