Havant's Public Service Plaza opens for business a week early.

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By vw_sarah | Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 16:12

The new public atrium at Havant's Public Service Plaza has been opened to the public a week early. A date of 1st September was originally promised as the date for completion, however, the brand new building opened it's doors for business on Monday 22nd August.

The Plaza run jointly by Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council will deliver a range of public services including valuable ones run by voluntary organisations. There is a new payment machine for residents to use when they want to make council tax payments and some very knowledgeable staff to help you with any queries or questions you may have. They can point you in the right direction to which public service you require.

Members of the public can also make use of a number of computers to access various online services and there is a free telephone service which connects to Hants Direct, Hampshire County Council's contact centre which will be able to deal with enquiries about a range of local services including those not based at the Plaza. There is also a number of interview rooms, meeting rooms or open booths available for appointments.

This is the first phase of the creation of the Plaza. The second phase of refurbishment will start in Spetember and be completed by the summer of 2012 and it is hoped more local organisations will offer their services in the Plaza.

The new building with it's sustainable design features, will be more energy efficient and have reduced running costs and a lower carbon footprint.

Councillor Tony Briggs, Leader of Havant Borough Council said: "The new Public Service Plaza will provide a much improved experience for visitors compared with the former Civic Offices. Residents will be able to get all of their public service queries answered and won't even need to know which organisation to ask. Havant is setting an example to other local authorities in Hampshire and is showing just how successful partnership working can be for delivering efficient services to our community "

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, said: "The opening of the newly refurbished facilities is a significant milestone. Hampshire County Council staff are now working alongside colleagues from Havant Borough Council and other organisations to deliver quality service for local residents. I hope that the Plaza will quickly become a hub for community activities while also encouraging regeneration elsewhere in the borough."

Thanks to Havant Borough Council.

If you use it or have been in this week, tell us what you think of the new Atruim? We love to read your comments.

      

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  • Profile image for flower_power

    The outside of the building looks impressive. I'm going to go in there one day next week and have a nosy round. I will tell you what I think of it.

    By flower_power at 19:52 on 28/08/11

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