WILTSHIRE Council has changed its reception opening hours at County Hall, shortening them by one hour.

Starting on Monday, August 7, the reception and phone desks at County Hall in Trowbridge will be open from 9am to 5pm, instead of 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The council says the move will improve efficiency and redirect resources to the busiest times of day. Other services like libraries, leisure and community campuses will be unaffected.

Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for operational assets said: “The way people contact and interact with the council is changing and through social media, the website and My Wiltshire system residents can contact us or find out information any time of day or night.

“These changes will mean our resources are available at the busiest times so we can answer people's queries quickly and efficiently. The 30 minutes either side of the day will be used for administration duties so all hands will be on deck during the busiest times.”