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Bexley Council to leave its central office for first time in 111 years

PUBLISHED: 12:25 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:04 01 April 2014

2 Watling Street where Bexley Council will move to this summer.

2 Watling Street where Bexley Council will move to this summer.

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The council will move offices to the former Woolwich Building in Bexleyheath this summer, leaving the site it has occupied for the last 111 years.

The office switch to the new Watling Street site will take place over three months, beginning in May, and will be first time all the council has worked under the same roof.

Currently, staff are based at four separate sites across the Bexley borough.

Cllr Teresa O’Neill, the council leader, said: “I am very proud that we are close to completing what has been a complicated and challenging project that will benefit local people now and for many years to come.

“We have completed the sale of the sites we are leaving and the ambitious aims we set for ourselves when we started the project have all been met.”

According to the council, the protracted move will save it more than £1.5m a year.

The cost of buying and refurbishing the offices has been met by the sale of office sites the council no longer needs and is also helping to fund investment in local schools and community facilities.

Staff will move from the current Civic Offices in the Broadway Bexleyheath in May, the Howbury Centre in Slade Green in June and Hillview in Welling and Hadlow Road in Sidcup in July.

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