Drawn-out plans to demolish the town hall and rebuild elsewhere are finally set to be kicked into touch.
Instead, the existing building, in the Boulevard, will be given a £460k facelift.
Proposals to demolish the building and relocate staff elsewhere were first put forward in 2008, as part of the Town Centre North project. The recession put the idea on hold and, apart from the building of Morrisons in the High Street, the project was eventually scrapped.
A report put before the council’s Cabinet said uncertainty over the building’s future had led to maintenance being carried out only where essential.
It added: “The main building is 50 years old and in need of significant investment if it is to remain fit for purpose.”
The costs would involve £300,000 to upgrade the toilets, £80,000 for new blinds, £30,000 for air conditioning and £50,000 to appoint a design consultant.
The report also called for better use of the space available in the town hall and for consideration to be giving to hiring out rooms, including the council chamber, for community and commercial use.
The proposals will go before a meeting of the full council on February 25.