H&F halves staff, releases property

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has halved staff in seven years, releasing a range of property for redevelopment and alternative use.

The Council will move out of 77 Glenthorne Road in March 2015 when its current lease runs out. Planning permission has been given for a residential redevelopment of the site to owners Wellington Business & Property Consultants.

This follows similar moves over the past few years where council workers have left leased buildings like Riverview House in Beavor Lane, Barclay House in Effie Road, and London House, King Street, and moved to Hammersmith Town Hall and its extension. It is also proposed that staff will move out of Cambridge House in Cambridge Grove next year when the lease on that building expires.

By selling under-used buildings like Stowe Road Depot, Highmasters House and Sands End Community Centre, the council says it has reduced its debt to £78.4million, which is the lowest level since the 1980s.

Cllr Greg Smith, deputy leader of H&F Council and cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “We have saved money by being more efficient with our existing office space, selling half-empty buildings, outsourcing contracts and sharing services and staff with Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councils.”

The number of staff directly employed by the town hall has halved from 4,523 (including H&F Homes) seven years ago to 2,250 staff in May this year.

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