Council Office Receives its New Name as Council Prepares to Move In
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
One of Richmond’s most prominent buildings has been officially renamed ‘Mercury House’. The sign has gone up at the former Richmond Lower School building – announcing that from next week it will be home to Richmondshire District Council.
The finishing touches of the £2million renovation project are currently being made ready for council staff to move in this weekend. The council will close for business at 5.15pm on Thursday (November 21) and re open in Mercury House at 8.45am on November 26. Throughout that time only emergencies will be handled using the authority’s out of hours service, Ryecare.
Councillor John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, who is pictured outside the new offices, said it is a landmark event in the Council’s history.
“We have been working towards a single site office for the Council for many years now - it has been a roller-coaster ride at times - so to see it all about to happen in the next few days is very, very exciting. Everybody will be a Winner - our customers, our staff, Richmond, Richmondshire, and our operating budget, which will be at least £50,000 lighter once we have moved in to Mercury House. I can hardly wait to see the place buzzing with people so please roll on next Tuesday November 26th, it cannot come around quick enough now !!”.
From next week only the Council's main telephone number – 01748 829100 – remains unchanged. All office extensions have been changed – as have the numbers for our 5 Community Offices. They will be: - Colburn 01748 900959; Hawes 01748 900960; Leyburn 01748 900961 and Reeth 01748 900962
To access the council in an emergency call 01748 829100