DIFFERING views have emerged on the future of County Hall in Chester.
The 1930s building on the banks of the Dee was opened by the Queen in 1957 and served as the headquarters of Cheshire County Council until it was abolished on March 31.
The division of opinion as to its future arose in a question from Upton councillor Hilarie McNae, who told a full meeting of the new council: “There is no doubt that most of us here believe County Hall should be the natural home of the Cheshire West and Chester Council.
“Virtually all of us believe the facilities and accommodation are not up to the standard required in this day and age.
“Will the leader give us all an outline of the programme of works and timings as well as costs necessary to bring County Hall up to date in this modern age.”
Leader Cllr Mike Jones said: “Many think that County Hall is unsatisfactory as a headquarters.
“The cost of refurbishment will be well into seven figures.”
He said the council needs to carry out a review and plan to provide accommodation for all its Chester staff “that will provide fit for purpose office space and minimise running costs but also help to achieve the culture we want”.