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‘Community hub’ plans for civic office in Romsey debated today
12:30pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
PROPOSALS to create a “community hub” at a Hampshire civic office are being debated today.
The scheme would see the Test Valley Borough Council’s customer service facilities working alongside other organisations in the town.
It would involve Romsey Test Valley Community Services and Citizens AdviceBureau (CAB) joining forces with the authority at the former magistrates’ court in Church Street.
The plan will be considered at a meeting of the council’s Cabinet today and, if approved, will go before a meeting of the full council on September 18.
TVBC’s customer service facilities have been operating from the town centre location since February following the closure of the council’s offices at Duttons Road, which has since been sold to Renaissance Retirement.
TVBC leader Ian Carr said: “The opportunity to create a community hub would consolidate public services in one building in the heart of Romsey. These changes not only make sound business sense but provide a more convenient, efficient and effective service for residents, ensuring we deliver on my promise to keep council services local in Romsey.”
Test Valley Community Services were also based at Duttons Road and have been in temporary accommodation at Romsey’s Basepoint Centre.
The CAB has its offices at Abbey Walk and TVBC pays £13,500 per year to cover the bureau’s rent – money which would be saved if it becomes part of the new hub.
The former magistrates’ court was bought from Hampshire County Council (HCC) and some HCC staff will continue to occupy the first floor of the building
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