Museum could move into police station

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A FORMER police station could be bought by a museum as it looks to expand.

The trustees of Petersfield Museum want to buy the former Petersfield Police Station to increase their exhibition and display areas.

East Hampshire District Council has awarded a grant of around £2,770 to part-fund a feasibility study.

The study will include an indication of projected visitor numbers, visitor profiles and annual income streams.

The museum also submitted a Community Right To Bid application to the council and this was approved in September.

It means the building has been listed as an asset of community value and gives the museum the right to bid for the property when it becomes available for sale on the open market.

Meanwhile, other grants handed out included £5,000 towards the cost of a toilet refurbishment at Petersfield Community Centre.

Councillor Nick Drew, who oversees communities, said: ‘I am excited to hear the results of the feasibility study.’