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Brighton council sell-off of part of Hove Town Hall moves step closer
Council bosses have approved plans to look at selling its council headquarters and most of a town hall in a multimillion pound deal to cut costs.
As it looks to combat Government cuts, Brighton and Hove City Council has revealed a radical proposal to relocate hundreds of its 8,000-strong workforce.
This could see the local authority sell two-thirds of Hove Town Hall in Norton Road as well as its Kings House seafront headquarters in Grand Avenue, Hove.
As well as an immediate cash boost of up to £8.7 million, the council believes it could save between £870,000 and £990,000 a year in running costs.
Conservative councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, a former leader of Hove Borough Council, said: "My heart trembles at part of these proposals but it's important we look at all of the options."
Green councillor Leo Littman said he felt like the plan was "selling part of his past" as it also included marketing the former maternity unit in Buckingham Road, Brighton.
Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said her group backed the plans.
The proposal to look into options was unanimously approved by the council's influential policy and resources committee last night.
Some of the options will now be looked at by council officers before a further report is brought back to the cross-party panel.
It comes five months after The Argus revealed the local authority was considering selling Kings House, which is grade II listed and valued by the local authority at £13 million.
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