Work to save costly building
A WORKING party has been set up to save a town's "historic" council offices after it was revealed they were costing taxpayers £100,000 a year to maintain.
Concerns were raised after the landmark building in Leek Road, Cheadle, was put up for sale.
Town councillors fear the offices on a prime site could be bulldozed and sold to housing developers.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which owns the building, has given town councillors until February to explore other options for the future.
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Mayor Ian Whitehouse said the group would be made up of the town's seven district councillors from all parties.
Councillor Ron Locker said he had been told by ruling councillors that the building was a drain on the council's taxpayers.
He said: "We have only been given until February and have not got a lot of time. It is a very important building.
"There should be no politics here. We have all got to work together."
District council leaders want to dispose of the building, because they say it is a drain on the public purse and is only now used twice a month for town council meetings.