Outline of costs for backing out of the Portland Park County Hall devlopment.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Northumberland County Council,

Please would you release the overall cost that Northumberland County Council and or Arch or any of its subsituaties incurred for the proposed new County Hall site in Portland Park, Ashington.

Please also release a summery breakdown of those costs, separating off staff time, solicitors' fees, administration costs, public consulatation, and any other major costs totalling over £5000.

Please also release a summery of any money lost though the attepted sale of the current County Hall site in Morpeth and any other asset of NCC that is related to the decison to no longer move to the new site.

Finally please also suppply a detailed breakdown for the costs of the upcoming referbishements to the Morpeth County Hall site which are now being carried out instead of the new build.

Yours faithfully,

Dan Parkin

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3969  

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Northumberland County Council
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Northumberland
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Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 3969   

Dear Enquirer

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to costs
relating to County Hall. 

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Q. Please would you release the overall cost that Northumberland County
Council and or Arch or any of its subsituaties incurred for the proposed
new County Hall site in Portland Park, Ashington.
 
A. The costs are currently being reviewed by external auditors and will be
released once the year end audit is complete and the final costs have been
confirmed.
Q. Please also release a summery breakdown of those costs, separating off
staff time, solicitors' fees, administration costs, public consulatation,
and any other major costs totalling over £5000.
 
A. As with the previous question, the costs are currently being reviewed
by external auditors and a summary breakdown will be released once the
year end audit is complete and the final costs have been confirmed.

Q. Please also release a summery of any money lost though the attepted
sale of the current County Hall site in Morpeth and any other asset of NCC
that is related to the decison to no longer move to the new site.
 
A. A total of £179,454 was incurred on preparation for the sale of the
current County Hall site which consists of £122,135 (sale preparation,
planning statements and surveys etc), £44,230 (legal fees) and £13,089
(environmental surveys).
Q. Finally please also suppply a detailed breakdown for the costs of the
upcoming referbishements to the Morpeth County Hall site which are now
being carried out instead of the new build.
 
A:  A budget figure of £17m is included in the Council's Medium Term
Financial Plan for the refurbishment of the current County Hall building
of which £2.7m has been approved by Cabinet for external works including
roof and window refurbishment and brickwork repairs.
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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Property
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk