Bishop’s Waltham registry office to shut in new shake-up

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BISHOP’S Waltham is set to have its registry office closed as part of a county-wide shake-up of the service.

Hampshire County Council is looking to close the part-time office as it aims to modernise the service which is responsible for registering all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

According to the council, the new draft proposals, which will go before council leader Cllr Ken Thornber on June 13, aim to secure ‘a financially sustainable registration service for the future’.

And it says the Bishop’s Waltham office, which opens five hours a week over two half-days, would close as the result of being under-used.

Cllr Thornber said: ‘Many residents now expect to access public services in a different way and it is important that the registration service looks at how it can adapt and change to meet these expectations where it can. For example, it will soon be possible to book appointments for birth and death registrations online.’

The public will be invited to have a say during a consultation period.