WORK is underway to demolish parts of County Hall in Mold.

Two years ago, senior councillors gave the green light to demolish parts of the Flintshire Council's traditional headquarters.

It follows the relocation of hundreds of frontline staff to refurbished offices five miles away to the old Unilever office site in Ewloe.

The Leader:

The demolition of the some of the empty Phase three and four structures at the Raikes Lane site has long been in the offing as the council looks to save money.

County Hall, which was built in 1968, is said to have become too expensive to run for the authority, with annual operating costs of £1.2m and estimated maintenance costs for the next 25 years predicted to be £26m.

The Leader:

Disposal of the County Hall part of the site to a developer for housing and associated development could raise between £4m and £6m, the council estimates.

Last month, Flintshire Council was forced to defend its decision to go ahead with the work amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

The authority said the work is being undertaken within government guidelines and does not impact on its capacity to respond to the current situation.

The Leader: