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Dolcoath site to close next week as services move to South Wheal Crofty offices


The Cornwall Council offices at Dolcoath Avenue will close next week, with residents able to access services at the nearby South Wheal Crofty site.

The decision to close the offices was taken last July after a study showed that the occupancy was at around just 10% of capacity. Continuing to use the building would have required a substantial capital investment to repair elements of the property and make it fit for the future.

It was instead decided that all resident-facing services currently offered at Dolcoath would be transferred to the council’s nearby South Wheal Crofty offices, while public meetings will be transferred to Kresen Kernow.

The site is in the process of being sold, with part of the land used to create a 66-bed care home.

Cllr David Harris, deputy leader of Cornwall Council and portfolio holder for resources, said: “It is our responsibility as a council to take difficult decisions, and closing these offices certainly fell into that category.

“However, the buildings were not being used in the way they once were, and it simply did not make financial sense to keep using taxpayers’ money to keep them open.

“I am pleased that we have managed to ensure that residents will be able to access the services they require at the nearby South Wheal Crofty site, and that the old Dolcoath site will be used to create facilities that are required by the local community.”

The South Wheal Crofty offices can be found at South Wheal Crofty, 2, Station Road, Pool, TR15 3DX.

 

Story posted 10 May, 2024

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