FAREHAM civic offices are set to open by appointment only.

The offices will be open to the public by appointment from June 22.

Some council employees are returning to office working as Government coronavirus restrictions ease.

However, residents who need council help should make telephone contact in the first instance.

The council says it will delivery items that might ordinarily have been collected from the civic offices, such as garden waste refuse sacks.

And, that it is working towards opening to the public again while keeping employees and visitors safe.

Executive council leader, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “We are not yet in a position where we can open the Civic Offices to the general public. Some Council officers are starting to return, but the building is not yet ready to receive visitors.

“We can still provide all of our services and the items that might have been collected from the Civic Offices to anyone who needs them, and if there are issues that need a face to face meeting then we can make a special appointment. Anyone who needs our help can phone us.

“We are putting measures in place to ensure that we can keep the public and Council employees safe which will enable us to open the Civic Offices to the public again. But we are not ready to do that yet.”