Couples will soon be able to get hitched at Ilkeston Town Hall after the registrar service moves there under plans set to be approved this week.
The plan to use the Mayor’s Parlour for weddings, civil partnerships and baby-naming ceremonies has been welcomed by Erewash Borough Council leader Chris Corbett, who said it was ‘great news’.
“What a lovely place to be married at the town hall in the centre of town,” he said.
But Labour’s Cllr Frank Phillips claims that using the Mayor’s Parlour will shift civic events over to Long Eaton.
“Weddings would have to take priority,” he said.
He also had concerns about disabled access to the town hall, saying there was none at the front of the building: “And you can’t have disabled access at the back when there’s a wedding at the front,” he added.
He said that leaving the doors of the Market Place building open during ceremonies runs the risk of thieves sneaking in to steal the estimated £300,000 of gold and silver regalia held inside.
He suggested using the former Albion Leisure Centre building instead.
But Cllr Corbett said: “You can be reassured our insurance company insists that the Mayor’s regalia is kept safe.”
“The council has the right to book dates that it wants to use the Mayor’s Parlour, for example it would be reserved for the fair and the Christmas lights switch-on,” he added.
But he admitted that some coffee mornings may be moved to Long Eaton.
Derbyshire County Council, which runs the service, said its current base in Lord Haddon Road is ‘becoming structurally unsound’.
It has paid for security alterations and redecoration at the town hall and will pay £15,000 a year in rent to Erewash.
The service will use three offices, a meeting room and a secure storage area.
There will be no disruption to services which have already been booked, the council said.