EXCLUSIVE: Fenland Hall could be sold with the district council likely to move to nearby Hereward Hall

16:18 04 September 2014

Hereward Hall

Hereward Hall


Fenland Hall could be sold for development and the district council move their headquarters to nearby county council owned Hereward Hall, also in County Road, March.

Fenland Hall MarchFenland Hall March

District councillors have begun visits to Hereward Hall to see if the smaller, but more modern, offices would be suitable.

It would herald a massive change in working arrangements for the district council whose staff would move from a predominantly office based environment to open plan.

Hereward Hall, when it opened 11 years ago, was designed to ensure flexible working with many sharing work stations and county workers only using the offices as and when they needed to.

It supported a county staff of around 112 but mainly in the children and young people’s services, highways and catering services.

However with a recently opened new Fenland HQ in Wisbech, the county council feels it can do without a large base in March.

The financial implications of Fenland now moving there are wrapped in a long running Making Assets Count initiative which has been developed in recent years to allow all public sector buildings to be considered under a new, jointly owned, umbrella group.

Four market town initiatives involving use of public sector buildings were at one time considered but only what is termed the ‘March Town Project’ remains.

Although officials have refused to elaborate further on their options, a report to next week’s county council general purposes committee will provide councillors with more details.

“It has been decided to focus on taking the March Market Town project forward” says a report to the committee.

The county council has looked at bringing its own assets – such as its 13,000 hectare farms estates, offices and park and ride sites- together with fire stations, police stations, swimming pools, factory units and health buildings in a single overall property portfolio.

The scheme began in 2009 with the aim of making more effective use of all public sector assets- irrespective of which public body actually owns them.

Its initial aim was to dispose of 20 per cent of the entire estate and cut running costs of public services by up to 50 per cent, with 20-30 per cent reductions in carbon emissions.

Creating a community hub in Chatteris, for example, was an early success where the library also now delivers both district and county services. Land swops have also happened in Wisbech to deliver new projects.

Initially the Making Assets Count model envisaged four county town projects with a development value of £120million but for now this has been scaled back to just March.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cambs Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cambs Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cambs Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:31

A man was arrested today after police caught him with a samurai sword near Wisbech town centre.

Yesterday, 17:23

A man who is part of an animal rescue team is coming to the rescue of children who are too frightened, too young or unable to get out to trick or treat this year - he is going to deliver sweets and treats dressed as a superhero.

Yesterday, 16:45

An engineering firm from March has swapped their spanners and wrenches for whisks and wooden spoons to raise money for charity.

Tue, 16:49

A man who assaulted a woman by patting her on the bottom in March on Sunday night is being hunted by police.

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up