Turf cutting marks start of work on new parish council premises

Turf cutting at new parish council office at Westcroft.

Turf cutting at new parish council office at Westcroft.

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A turf cutting ceremony has taken place marking the start of work for new parish council offices.

The building once complete will become home for Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council at Westcroft, just a few paces away from their present rented offices.

Artist's impression of Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council premises at Westcroft.

Artist's impression of Shenley Brook End and Tattenhoe Parish Council premises at Westcroft.

Following almost two years of background work, parish council along with their architects Stenton Obhi were successful with a planning application to build the new premises.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “The new offices will be more efficient and cheaper to maintain, the repayments on the loan will also be less than the current rent, a good saving for the community.

“The new building has been designed to make the parish council more accessible to the community it serves than has been possible from its current offices.”

The turf cutting on Tuesday, October 6 included parish councillors, representatives from the builders Borras Construction and Kulvinder Obhi from Stenton Obhi Architects, who braved rain for the ceremoy.

The building is expected to be completed at the end of May 2016, depending on the winter weather, and the council plans to move in early in June.