July 30 2014 Latest news:

A Cambridgeshire County Council office is being put up for rent as part of proposals to save money for front line services.

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The To Let signs have gone up at Castle Court in Cambridge as part of the County Council’s budget proposals and ongoing project to get the best value for money for tax payers.

Cambridgeshire County Council has to save around £149 million over five years, including £38 million in the current financial years.

By leasing out the building the council will be able to save hundreds of thousands of pounds that is being spent on the overheads for the site.

The income from the lease and the money saved will be used to help protect front line services.

Employees from the building will use other nearby offices, including Shire Hall.

The lease for Castle Court and Black Horse House offices on the Shire Hall site in Cambridge is being marketed by Barker Storey Matthews.

The boards show the availability of 4,600sqft to 84,000sqft of offices to let with alternative uses considered subject to planning.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “In these times of having to find millions of pounds in savings it is right we squeeze every asset we have to help protect frontline services.

“This is part of a wider project of taking a closer look with public sector partners at all our buildings to see if they are being used in the best way.

“We are already sharing buildings with other councils and agencies to make it easier for people to access services while making savings.

“I have no desire to sell off the family silver so by leasing this building we will generate savings and still have an asset that we can sell if the time is right.”

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