Visionary move that could well pay off
BRISTOL city council, like every other major employer, cannot afford to just stand still and ignore the harsh realities of today's tough economic environment.
So it has decided to grasp the nettle firmly and do something that's both drastic and visionary about its future.
In a bold move it envisages cutting dozens of its offices at locations around the city. The overall figure would plunge from a current 35 to just nine.
And by the time all the reshuffle and relocation has finished the authority promises massive savings, around £40 million over the next quarter century.
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The belief at the Council House is that this plan produces other major benefits, too.
First and foremost would be provision of a better service to the public from its staff and, secondly, a potential kick-start to create new employment opportunities in and around the Cumberland Basin area where one of the historic bonded warehouses could be converted into an office housing 1,800 council staff.
Importantly, the iconic Council House on College Green will remain, albeit upgraded to 21st century standards and more accessible to the general public.
It all sounds so obvious that the wonder is that no one thought of it years ago.