HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner refused to reveal the sale price of a building that has cost the force more than £12m at a meeting.
As revealed in the News, Alpha Park near Eastleigh has been sold at a loss - five years after being bought for £9.6m.
The building has stood empty and cost more than £1.8m since being bought in 2008 as a base for a new force headquarters.
Mr Hayes said relevant paperwork has been signed and a survey is due to be completed in the next ‘two or three weeks.’
But when pressed by members of the Police and Crime Panel which holds him to account, he would not reveal the sale price.
Asked by panel member and councillor Adrian Collett if he had considered delaying selling Alpha Park building in a bid to get a better price, Mr Hayes said: ‘We did hold back for a little while and were able to realise a few more pounds than we otherwise would have done. I made it quite clear to the team that I was prepared to not to sell it if we didn’t get what we believed to be a favourable price.’
Mr Hayes previously told The News an agreement had been made with the purchaser not to reveal the sale price yet.