Duchess of Cornwall opens 'wonderful' County Hall

The Duchess of Cornwall unveils the plaque commemorating the opening of County Hall today watched by council leader Jane Scott. Picture by Trevor Porter

The plaque unveiled by the Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall is presented with a hamper of Wiltshire produce by Mary Paisey whose father was MD of the firm which built the original County Hall

The Duchess of Cornwall chats to pupils of Grove Primary School at County Hall during a visit to officially open it. Picture by Trevor Porter

The Duchess of Cornwall meets staff at the revamped County Hall during a visit to officially open it today. Picture by Trevor Porter

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by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

The Duchess of Cornwall said Wiltshire Council’s award-winning refurbished County Hall is a “wonderful public space” during a visit to officially open the building today.

Camilla was greeted by pupils from The Grove, Holbrook and Larkrise School cheering and waving flags when her car pulled up, before she was given a tour of the building and shown the new open plan working.

As part of her tour she met five-year-old Natalia Kaczmarzyk and her parents Lukasz and Ela, who also met the Duchess when she visited the old Trowbridge Library in 2010, before it moved to County Hall.

Mr Kaczmarzyk said: “It’s the second time we have met the Duchess, although the building has changed a lot since the last time.

"It’s much better now, with more space and a much bigger library, which is excellent for the children.”

The Duchess visited the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and spoke to staff about the benefits which have resulted from the various agencies working more closely together.

She also met members of the council’s Transformation team, which was involved in the project to reduce the number of buildings used by council staff from 95 to three main hubs.

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Julie Anderson-Hill, head of transformation, said: “Our team is passionate and believe in what we are doing. We are delighted to be recognised in such a prestigious way as this is an example of local government going forward.”

After meeting staff using the hot desk area and the project officers and architects involved with the refurbishment, the Duchess took part in a children’s rhyme time session in the new Trowbridge Library.

She then unveiled a plaque in the atrium to commemorate her visit and to officially open the refurbished building.

The Duchess said: “I want to congratulate everybody who has been part of this project.

"You have done a fantastic job and I can see the benefits of what is a wonderful public space."

County Hall is comprised of a 1938 traditional civic building and a 1974 extension, which is now connected by the glass-fronted atrium, which hosts a public restaurant and café, registration service and new library.

The programme is expected to save more than £85 million during the next 20 years and annual running costs of £5m each year, while also creating an environment for staff to work more flexibly.

Council leader Jane Scott said: “It is a great honour to the county and a great excitement for us in County Hall to have the Duchess of Cornwall visit us.

“I want to say thank you to all the staff that spent a lot of time and extra hours to make sure this project was delivered and to the staff that have changed the way they work.”

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4:43pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Terry Chivers says...

Nothing against the Royal Family but I boycotted the Royal opening of County Hall today total waste of money when staff are being aid off and services cut
Nothing against the Royal Family but I boycotted the Royal opening of County Hall today total waste of money when staff are being aid off and services cut Terry Chivers
  • Score: 19

5:27pm Mon 23 Jun 14

corshman says...

Jane Scott should have got a member of public who's a rate payer to open her palace. Nothing against Camilla but she's not paying for it.
Jane Scott should have got a member of public who's a rate payer to open her palace. Nothing against Camilla but she's not paying for it. corshman
  • Score: 20

7:09pm Mon 23 Jun 14

beetawix says...

Terry Chivers wrote:
Nothing against the Royal Family but I boycotted the Royal opening of County Hall today total waste of money when staff are being aid off and services cut
quite right
just a dumb pr exercise.

still waiting for an explanation why this so called opening took place, when this revamp was opened before
[quote][p][bold]Terry Chivers[/bold] wrote: Nothing against the Royal Family but I boycotted the Royal opening of County Hall today total waste of money when staff are being aid off and services cut[/p][/quote]quite right just a dumb pr exercise. still waiting for an explanation why this so called opening took place, when this revamp was opened before beetawix
  • Score: 10

8:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

brandx says...

Glad to see that the grass in front of County Hall was looking so nice - compared to what I can see around much of Trowbridge and Westbury.
Glad to see that the grass in front of County Hall was looking so nice - compared to what I can see around much of Trowbridge and Westbury. brandx
  • Score: 16

1:48am Tue 24 Jun 14

tobydog2267 says...

I expect Camilla had to courtesy to Queen Jane.
I expect Camilla had to courtesy to Queen Jane. tobydog2267
  • Score: 10

7:40am Tue 24 Jun 14

acurtain says...

brandx wrote:
Glad to see that the grass in front of County Hall was looking so nice - compared to what I can see around much of Trowbridge and Westbury.
Guess why Balfour Beatty were there on Sunday cutting grass and weeding the borders! Treble time I expect, the rest of us seem to be forgotten, yet it is us who pay their wages and pay for the county hall with our council tax :(
[quote][p][bold]brandx[/bold] wrote: Glad to see that the grass in front of County Hall was looking so nice - compared to what I can see around much of Trowbridge and Westbury.[/p][/quote]Guess why Balfour Beatty were there on Sunday cutting grass and weeding the borders! Treble time I expect, the rest of us seem to be forgotten, yet it is us who pay their wages and pay for the county hall with our council tax :( acurtain
  • Score: 13

12:51pm Tue 24 Jun 14

New 2 Trow says...

Julie Anderson-Hill, head of transformation - another non job?
Julie Anderson-Hill, head of transformation - another non job? New 2 Trow
  • Score: 14

4:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I wonder why Jane Scott felt it necessary to wear a hat? Camilla didn't. Isn't the County Hall indoors?
I wonder why Jane Scott felt it necessary to wear a hat? Camilla didn't. Isn't the County Hall indoors? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 9

9:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mylife123 says...

That's Holbrook school, not grove.
That's Holbrook school, not grove. Mylife123
  • Score: 1

8:35am Thu 26 Jun 14

nokia says...

it wasn't grove school it was Holbrook school I hope they get it right before they print it!!!!!
it wasn't grove school it was Holbrook school I hope they get it right before they print it!!!!! nokia
  • Score: 2

11:36am Thu 26 Jun 14

brasstacks says...

Ms Scott's decision to wear what can only be called an 'ascot outfit' is absolutely indicitive of her every day mission to upstage and out do anyone, including HRH Camilla..

I truly hope that someone told HRH about the failure of Services and Staff Redundancies as well as showing her around a building that has been open for yonks ?

I wonder how many Work days off it took Ms Scott to decide on her 'hat' ?

I like a 'nice hat' myself but cannot for the life of me think why Ms Scott wore a hat other than for attention seeking ?

Ms Scott, you now have my attention and I ask you what and when are you going to do to provide the Services that you deny the People of Wiltshire of ?

The 'savings made' in refurbishing County Hall are mythical and based only on Ms Scott and her Cons-Cabs dreams and not on the reality of the Entitlements & Needs of the Residents of Wiltshire.
Ms Scott's decision to wear what can only be called an 'ascot outfit' is absolutely indicitive of her every day mission to upstage and out do anyone, including HRH Camilla.. I truly hope that someone told HRH about the failure of Services and Staff Redundancies as well as showing her around a building that has been open for yonks ? I wonder how many Work days off it took Ms Scott to decide on her 'hat' ? I like a 'nice hat' myself but cannot for the life of me think why Ms Scott wore a hat other than for attention seeking ? Ms Scott, you now have my attention and I ask you what and when are you going to do to provide the Services that you deny the People of Wiltshire of ? The 'savings made' in refurbishing County Hall are mythical and based only on Ms Scott and her Cons-Cabs dreams and not on the reality of the Entitlements & Needs of the Residents of Wiltshire. brasstacks
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

vox sanitatem says...

New 2 Trow wrote:
Julie Anderson-Hill, head of transformation - another non job?
YES! A simple answer to a simple question, so why WT felt they had to delete my earlier post in response to this is a mystery!
[quote][p][bold]New 2 Trow[/bold] wrote: Julie Anderson-Hill, head of transformation - another non job?[/p][/quote]YES! A simple answer to a simple question, so why WT felt they had to delete my earlier post in response to this is a mystery! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 7

1:00am Fri 27 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

brasstacks..."I like a 'nice hat' myself but cannot for the life of me think why Ms Scott wore a hat other than for attention seeking ?"

I hope the hat in question was one she purchased herself and not one put on expenses along with the rest of her outfit?
brasstacks..."I like a 'nice hat' myself but cannot for the life of me think why Ms Scott wore a hat other than for attention seeking ?" I hope the hat in question was one she purchased herself and not one put on expenses along with the rest of her outfit? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 6

8:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

telnix says...

Don't want to be too picky but..... I would expect better grammar from a professional journalist!
Don't want to be too picky but..... I would expect better grammar from a professional journalist! telnix
  • Score: 1

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