A plan to move Ilkeston registry office to the Town Hall has been delayed while Labour councillors look into disabled access and security concerns.
Conservative Cllr Carol Hart said the plan, which was approved by Erewash Borough Council in principle last month, is now in jeopardy, leaving couples worried about where their ceremonies will take place.
“Staff cannot wait to move and are really excited about being in the Town Hall and the centre of Ilkeston,” said Cllr Hart. “Couples wanting to get married want to know where they will be tying the knot.”
Labour’s Cllr Frank Phillips has argued that the £300,000 of gold and silver Mayor’s regalia, held at the Town Hall, was at risk of being stolen and there was ‘inadequate’ access for wheelchairs.
“Do they not think officers are capable of addressing all of these areas before recommending the go ahead?” asked Cllr Hart.
“What a shame that this is being delayed, this is something really exciting for residents and it will be a real experience to use the Mayor’s Parlour and I for one think it can only bring benefits and extra footfall into the town centre – something I thought we were all trying to do.”
The review came after the Labour group, newly in charge of Derbyshire County Council, questioned the move, which had been put in motion by the previous Tory administration.
The current Lord Haddon Road registry office is becoming ‘structurally unsound’.