Wakefield councillors to discuss future of Metroglaze

​Date: 04/11/2014

Our councillors are to consider sanctioning the closure of a long-established house glazing and door service.

Members of the district's Cabinet will discuss the future of Metroglaze at their next meeting on November 11. The company was formed by the Council in 1985 to meet the needs of social housing tenants and schools.

One of the recommendations for members is to close Metroglaze after a process of staff redeployment and redundancy.

The second is that Metroglaze would cease manufacturing but continue as a supply and installation service, as part of the council's building services department. But this arrangement would only continue whilst the service remains financially viable. If the finances did not add up the service would close.

Cllr Graham Stokes, Cabinet member for Corporate Performance, said: "Metroglaze was formed almost 30 years ago and over that time demand has fallen. We are in a tough economic climate, so we now need to look at the future of the service and to consider closure."

A report to members shows that over the years demand for Metroglaze's services has declined, as the majority of improvements to former Council housing have been completed and against competition from other providers, and the service is running at a loss.