IT savings will no longer be met
Millions of pounds of ICT savings will no longer be met with the council changing its current system. The budget proposals reveal an extra cost of around £3 million over the next three years as “savings and income previously intended to be delivered will not be realised”. The council said it is now changing its current system to use a similar system to Cambridgeshire County Council which will allow for more efficiencies and savings in the longer term. An extra £490,000 a year will also be collected in council tax due to a “further improvement” in collection rates. Council leader Cllr John Holdich said this was due to less movement of people around the city. Meanwhile, the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street will now move into the Town Hall to allow the council to rent out the empty unit for £42,000 a year. Services currently provided at Bayard Place will also be provided in two units in Bridge Street, one of which is currently occupied by Puzzles? which is moving two doors down to the former Costa coffee shop. The council said it will help Puzzles? with its relocation costs. The imminent sale of Bayard Place, which was on the market for £6.2 million, will help the council balance its deficit.
The Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street