Office costs increase as deal with leader ends

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A COUNCIL’S costs to end a rent deal with its leader have increased by around £8,000.

Gosport Borough Council had estimated it would pay out £36,250 to quit a lease for space above its leader Mark Hook’s shop in High Street, Gosport.

Now figures seen by The News show increased costs for building work and other work, including a survey, means the total is now £44,269.

As reported, the council quit the lease early as it can fit all staff in the Town Hall.

Chief executive Ian Lycett said continuing the lease would have cost £55,500.

The council agreed to pay for work so Mr Hook’s former tenant Parker Torrington could move back.

The firm was a tenant of the council at Crown House.

In a statement, a council spokeswoman said the original cost was just an estimate.

She said: ‘The figure of £36,250 was an estimated cost.

‘The actual costs increased to £44,364. Like all building works, additional minor costs were required during the construction.’

Crown House is being marketed for office use.