Regis­trar’s of­fice will re­lo­cate amid on­go­ing build­ing work

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THE regis­trar’s of­fice in Brid­gend is likely to move into the coun­cil’s civic of­fices af­ter an in­crease in the num­ber of wed­ding can­cel­la­tions was put down to build­ing work tak­ing place on a neigh­bour­ing site.

Ty’r Ardd, a former day cen­tre, was con­verted in 2011 to house both the regis­trar’s of­fice and the ref­er­ence li­brary.

A re­port which went be­fore coun­cil­lors on De­cem­ber 19 said that as con­struc­tion in­creases on the Sun­ny­side site – where a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and med­i­cal clin­ics are planned – the num­ber of wed­dings tak­ing place at the reg­istry of­fice is likely to drop even fur­ther, risk­ing the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the ser­vice.

At the full coun­cil meet­ing com­mu­ni­ties di­rec­tor Mark Shep­hard said: “We need to look fairly ur­gently to pre­serve the ser­vice.

The cur­rent site is ef­fec­tively in the mid­dle of a build­ing site and there will be no ded­i­cated park­ing space po­ten­tially for a while. We are al­ready los­ing book­ings.

“The ini­tial pro­posal in­volves look­ing at re­lo­cat­ing the regis­trar’s of­fice to the civic of­fices, though it doesn’t have to be the fi­nal site. There is a large multi-storey car park op­po­site the civic of­fices.”

Of­fi­cers said there was cur­rently a sig­nif­i­cant com­mer­cial in­ter­est in the land and Ty’r Ardd build­ing.

The coun­cil says the regis­trar’s of­fice could be ac­com­mo­dated on the ground floor of the civic of­fices.

A re­mod­elling of the area, which would in­clude a pa­tio area for wed­ding pho­tos, is set to cost around £275,000.

It would be funded through the sale of the land, which is ex­pected to be “sig­nif­i­cantly more” than the cost of the works.

Mr Shep­hard said the coun­cil was in dis­cus­sions with Awen Cul­tural Trust about the re­lo­ca­tion of the ref­er­ence li­brary.

The regis­trar’s of­fice in Brid­gend is likely to move into the coun­cil’s civic of­fices

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