End of an era for Town End House, Havant but good news for Hampshire residents
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Hampshire County Council is close to securing a buyer for the former social services building, Town End House, in Havant.
The sale of the two-storey office building in East Street will offer excellent opportunities for the local economy in terms of continued employment and growth and monies from the sale will be re-invested into improving other public services.
Council Leader Roy Perry has given the go-ahead for the sale to a selected preferred purchaser - who must remain confidential until the contractual position is finalised.
Around 100 Adult Services staff moved out of Town End House when the Havant Plaza was opened in 2012. They joined other County Council staff who now work side-by-side under the same roof as their Borough Council colleagues at the Plaza, heralding a fundamental change in the way people access frontline services.
The move is part of Hampshire County Council's office rationalisation programme called 'Workstyle', which is reducing running costs by a quarter, cutting floor space by over a third and generating around £15 million by selling buildings that are no longer needed. This is on top of the £2million in annual revenue savings. All of the money is reinvested into improving other offices and public spaces, like the Havant Plaza. Making better use of the Council's estate in this way also provides further opportunities for closer partnership working between public bodies to deliver more co-ordinated frontline services.
Councillor Perry said: "The sale of Town End House brings some positive benefits, not only for the town's local economy, but also for the Council tax payer. Reducing the Council's running costs, helps keep the Council Tax low - particularly as we manage the next round of public spending cuts by Government. The reinvestment of the funds from the sale of the building will help collaboration with our partners to make it easier for people to access the services they need, when they need them."
Town End House was built for the County Council in 1985 and won a design award from Havant Borough Council. The Hayling Billy trail, which recently became part of Hampshire's newest long distance footpaths, The Shipwrights Way, runs through the car park and is being protected in the sale.