Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To consider proposed options for the future of Russettings, the Council’s Register Office.
Annette Madden, the Executive Head of Business Services presented a report detailing proposed options for the future of Russettings, the council’s Register Office. She circulated current layout plans and proposed future plans to the committee and outlined the costs. The expansion would allow Russettings to be used for other purposes besides marriage and citizenship ceremonies, as the venue had potential to accommodate conferences.
Councillor Tony Shields queried whether the predictions for potential income and increased business were realistic for the proposed extension to Russettings. Virginia Morris, the Registration Services Manager, confirmed that demand was high, and that potential customers were being lost to other venues due to the limited capacity of the current marriage room. The Council wished to tap the high level of demand and increase the number and types of ceremonies in line with the demand.
A vote was taken on the recommendation. Eight members voted in favour and two members voted against (Councillor Tony Shields and Councillor Patrick McManus). It was therefore:
RESOLVED: That the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee approves the option to build an extension, increasing capacity to 100 seat marriage/conference room to bring in additional revenue to the Council.
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Date of decision: 26/11/2015
Decided at meeting: 26/11/2015 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee