New civic plaza opens its doors

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HAVANT’S modernised civic offices have opened to the public a week ahead of schedule.

The new atrium at the offices, now called the Public Service Plaza, has opened its doors for business.

It comes as part of the ongoing £13m refurbishment of the offices which will see a variety of public services, including those of Hampshire County Council, being offered from one site.

The atrium features a payment machine which residents can use to make council tax payments with cash or cards.

Members of the public will also be able to use computers offering access to online services and a free telephone service connecting to Hantsdirect, Hampshire County Council’s contact centre.

There are now several meeting rooms available for appointments.

Havant leader Tony Briggs said: ‘Residents will be able to get all of their public service queries answered and won’t even need to know which organisation to ask.

‘Havant is setting an example to other local authorities in Hampshire and is showing just how successful partnership working can be for delivering efficient services to our community.’