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CHICHESTER’S register office is set to close this summer to save money.

The decision is part of West Sussex County Council’s bid to make savings.

Once the lease for the Greyfriars building in North Street ends in September, it will not be renewed.

It will mean couples in the area who want civil ceremonies will have to travel to Portsmouth or Havant, where there are plans to hold civil ceremonies at the town’s £13m refurbished civic offices.

People will still be able to register births, deaths and marriages in Chichester as the county council will move the service to other offices in the city.

But there was anger among local businesses as the move will leave Chichester without an affordable wedding venue.

Liza Reynolds, deputy manager of The Ship Hotel, said: ‘It’s a huge shame, quite a lot of people can’t afford to do the big full-on 100 people thing.

‘A lot of people come for the wedding then have a drink afterwards here and go off and have a party.’