Crowthorne Enterprise Centre could close to save cashBy Hugh Fort
July 02, 2012
Firms at a business park in Crowthorne have been told the site could be closed to save money.
Bracknell Forest Council has confirmed it has written to companies based at the Crowthorne Enterprise Centre in Old Wokingham Road, informing them the authority is considering closing the site.
The agenda for the council’s executive on Tuesday contains an item about the centre, but it is confidential and will be heard in private after the main meeting.
The documents do not give any information as to how much the council is spending on the site, but the Bracknell Forest Standard understands it is running at a loss.
The centre’s website says it houses around 60 businesses on the site, which take up around 11,000 sq ft of office space.
The Bracknell Forest Standard understands there are 33 firms at the centre, however a staff refused to confirm the figure this week.
The future of the centre does feature in the council’s controversial Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD), which proposes 1,400 new homes on two sites in Crowthorne, including the old Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) site.
The centre is part of Crowthorne Business Park at the TRL, which is seen as a “major employment site” in the council plans.
The plans say an enterprise centre will be provided elsewhere at the TRL in Old Wokingham Road, however it may be relocated to make way for 1,000 homes.
Andy Holley of Crowthorne Village Action (CVAG), said: “It seems ironic to me that on the one hand the council wants to build all these houses for people who work here and on the other it is apparently going to close a big employment area.”
The centre, is marking its 10th anniversary this year.