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THE future of a council building in Petersfield hangs in the balance.

Leaders at East Hampshire District Council are stepping up a review of the future of the authority’s headquarters at Penns Place.

Experts have assessed the viability of the 40-year-old building.

Options could include moving to new premises in Petersfield or rebuilding the offices.

A move to Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza is also in the mix.

Tom Horwood, joint executive director for East Hampshire and Havant councils, said: ‘A decision needs to be made and ideally by the end of the year.

‘Some options need to be ruled out and then it can be agreed which one of those left to select.’

A decision by 2014 could see the council leaving Penns Place as early as 2016.