Fareham council office space will be let to rehab company

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PART of the Civic Offices in Fareham will be leased to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.

The CRC rehabilitates people convicted of low-level offences. It wants to hire office space, as well as a space for meeting up to 10 people per day on the ground floor.

Fareham Borough Council agreed to the proposed lease at its latest executive meeting.

Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘We are trying to maximise income on this building, releasing up to three floors which are no longer required.

‘There have been significant reductions in terms of numbers of staff working for the borough council and a significant increase in available space that we can let to various organisations.

‘This is another public sector organisation which is able to occupy space in the Civic Offices, which will bring in income towards the cost of running the building.

‘Perhaps one day we can run the entire Civic Offices on the income from the tenants.’

Hampshire Constabulary’s neighbourhood policing team is set to move in to the offices by February, following the closure of Fareham police station.

The Integrated Offender Management and the Wessex Youth Offending Team also moved in to the tower in 2011.