Eastwood Town Council is moving into a new base — after buying the town’s post office building.
The post office Non Nottingham Road will continue to operate as normal, with those who run it paying rent to the town council.
As well as running council business from the building, councillors plan to run a community centre for local groups and organisations, and want to keep the front of the post office as retail.
The building will be paid for with both money from the sale of the old council chambers in Nottingham Road, and reserves.
Councillors plan on getting a mortgage to pay for refurbishments and alterations — and the repayments will be covered by rental income from the post office and the flat above, plus their payments on their current office and rental costs for a storage facility rent.
Councillors made it clear there will be no increase in the precept.
Council clerk Chris Thompson said: “It’s great that the council will now have a permanent base in the town again.
“Another up side to this is that the post office will remain.
“If a developer had come in and bought the property they could have ended the lease and put in an application to pull it down to build houses or flats.
“Eastwood would then have been left with no post office.”
Since moving out of the council chambers in Nottingham Road three-and-a-half years ago, councillors have been renting a property in Mansfield Road.
Any groups interested in using the new community facility to be based at the post office should contact Chris Thompson at the town council on 01773 719384.
There will be a small fee to rent the room.
The previous owners of the post office put the building up for sale earlier this year.
The sellers have now retired and the business has been passed on to new owners.