The town’s Mayor Dave Hodgson says that ‘few tears will be shed over its demise’.
Staff who currently work there will be transferred to Borough Hall in Cauldwell Street, while Bedford’s Civic Theatre will become a ‘One Stop Shop’ council facility.
Mr Hodgson said: “The demise of the Town Hall office block gives us an exciting opportunity to make the most of Bedford’s greatest asset, the River Great Ouse, allowing us to open up the riverside in that area to residents and visitors to the town.
“Moving staff out of the Town Hall and other leased offices into the one site at Borough Hall will also save local taxpayers up to more than £1million per year.
“I am continuing the drive to make sure the council is open and accessible to all residents, and as part of this we must retain a town centre presence where people know any enquiry can be dealt with.
“Converting the Civic Theatre, which is showing its age as an arts venue and is a poor relation of the Corn Exchange and the Harpur Suite, makes financial sense for local taxpayers and commonsense for people in town who want to conveniently use our services.
“We want to invest in the beautiful old Town Hall complex, including the Civic Theatre building, and revitalise the riverside area.
“This will involve development which enhances the riverside, complements nearby features and strengthens the link between the town centre and the river.
The council will announce later in the year what it intends to do with the site.
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