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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING 23 SEPTEMBER 2013 Part 2
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.09.2013 (Article Archived on 26.10.2013)

Would the Director of Public Works please explain why the installation of the lift in the Town Hall which was in the budget for the financial year

2012/2013 has failed to progress.





PUBLIC
MEETING 23 SEPTEMBER 2013



Part
2



By J.
Brock (FINN)



 



Question from Lidda Luxton



 



Would
the Director of Public Works please explain why the installation of the lift in
the Town Hall which was in the budget for the financial year



2012/2013
has failed to progress.



 



Is
the new lift actually in the Islands?



 



What
are the reasons for the delay and what is the timetable for this project?



 



Answer from the Director Public
Works



 



The
lift installation has not failed to progress.



 



When
the lift was originally planned, pressure on space in the lower floor of the
Town Hall was rather less that is now the case and it was necessary for that to
be addressed, which it has been, with a revised layout having been agreed with
Registry and with a view to improving access to the Courts area, both
potentially during the works and for the longer term it has been agreed that a
door will be placed on the northern side of the courts offices.



 



The
size of the lift itself had also changed over time which necessitated the lift
shaft also being re-designed.



 



Design
work for the above has been completed and the door obtained ready for
installation.



 



It is
however now the case that some further, albeit apparently small, further
changes are now needed in the Courts/Registry entrance due to the need to
accommodate a receptionist and it is suggested that these works would best be
done concurrently with the installation of the new door, which may also now
need to be in a new location.



 



As
the timing for the lift installation works was far from clear, and may
necessitate the relocation of at least some of the current building users, the
lift has not been ordered and is not intended to be until it is certain that no
further changes will be needed and that the timing for the installation works
is clear.



 



Due
to the increased numbers of FIG staff already agreed and with further increases
looking likely due to oil related activity, and also to accommodate the move to
full time of MLAs with the next election, a review of office space requirements
has been commenced, both short and longer term. 



 



This
could result in at least one of the users of the ground floor being relocated
permanently which could lead to other layout changes and as it would appear
sensible to do as much of the work as possible at one time, so as to minimise
disruption, particularly to the courts, it is not possible to provide a
meaningful timetable at this stage.



 

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