TRURO - The relocation of Access Nova Scotia is not good news for downtown Truro, says the town's mayor.
The Truro branch of Access Nova Scotia, which is located on Walker Street and employs more than 20 people, is going through a tender process to relocate. Because the process is still underway it's not confirmed where the new site will be, but speculation is it could be near the Irving big stop in Truro Heights.
Mayor Bill Mills isn't pleased with the impending change.
"(The government says) it's because they need a new building and to create a stronger presence in rural communities but Truro is a rural area and it's convenient in the downtown ... and it means another empty building in the downtown," Mills told the Truro Daily News.
"They need to take a real look at this. A little common sense goes a long way. The government gives us money to improve our downtown and downtown revitalization and then turns around and pulls businesses out of the downtown."
Nancy MacLellan, executive director with Access Nova Scotia, said the organization is looking to co-locate all of its access, registry of motor vehicles and land registration offices for efficiency and for the most effective use of resources including operational requirements for space, driver testing and parking.
Information provided by MacLellan to Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann indicated areas being considered as the new home for Access Nova Scotia include the main parts of town, near the malls, the Power Centre in Millbrook and near the highway by the Power Centre.
Zann told this paper the move wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.
"This is not about moving Access NS from its current location to another region of the province, which would be disappointing," said Zann. "Access NS will remain in Truro ... (and) will allow for the most effective use of resources, a type of one-stop-shopping, which will ultimately save the tax-payer money."
The tender for the relocation should be awarded by Nov. 10. Relocation to a new premise is expected to take place in November 2013.