Axe looms over Petersfield civic offices

From left, SOB member Ron Tate with councillors Pamela Crellin, Michael Wilson, Alex Rennie, SOB's Iain Fairley and councillor Gary Robinson

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THE future of a civic office hangs in the balance as a survey is advising the complex is flattened.

Discussions are due to begin around proposals that Penns Place, the home of East Hampshire District Council in Petersfield, is knocked down and the land used for housing.

Leaders have admitted they want more accessible outreach offices in Petersfield, Whitehill and Alton and this scheme could allow it to happen.

The council has not ruled out moving some of its offices to The Plaza in Havant as many managers across the two authorities are shared.

Officials said they were looking at all options as they review the authority’s assets.

While not saying if redevelopment is the favoured outcome of the survey, the council will not reveal what other options, if any, there are until the survey is completed and councillors have studied it.

Cllr Richard Millard, in charge of assets, said: ‘The published corporate strategy says it will explore options around the future of Penns Place, including disposal. This would only take place in the context of the council’s agreed customer access strategy, which says our services should be accessible to local communities and cost effective.’