CONTINUED probing by a senior city councillor has failed to disclose the location for Chester's new register office.
The present office, in Goss Street, would be demolished as part of the Northgate Development.
Vicars Cross Cllr Graham Proctor (Lib Dem) says he has been asking about the future of “vital public facilities in the Northgate scheme” for over 12 months.
He told council leader Cllr Margaret Parker (Con, Mickle Trafford) at a meeting of the full city council: “In particular, I have expressed concern about the location and the future of the register office.”
Cllr Proctor complained that in January this year, Cllr Parker suggested he should not listen to rumours.
In a further question to the leader he asked: “For the best part of a year your administration has subscribed to the decision that the register office will not be at the Town Hall.
“Where is the new register office going to be?”
“And for the last the 12 months I have been telling you that no decision has been made,” retorted Cllr Parker.
“In creating the Northgate scheme, we have to find a new location for the register office and we want to explore alternative locations to the Town Hall.
“No final decision has yet been reached, we are still exploring options.
“Further progress is dependent on decisions being taken by ING in the next four to six weeks.”
She emphasised: “No decision has been made. Don't listen to rumours. When I know the decision I will let you know.”
A disappointed Cllr Proctor insisted: “This has been going on for over a year. You have been considering options for over a year on a vital public service.
“I seek an assurance that she will, after the six weeks she has mentioned, give a definitive answer to the same question at the next council meeting to avoid the possibility that Chester residents could need to register births and deaths or get married in Ellesmere Port or Winsford.”
“I will give a definitive answer if I am able to do so,” said Cllr Parker.