Chichester council-owned assets declared surplus to requirements

Several Chichester buildings owned by West Sussex County Council have been declared surplus to requirements.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 11:49 am
The land in question is just off Kingsham Road north of the hockey pitch

Further decision would be made on either a sale of the assets for a capital receipt or they would be retained for wider non-service led activities such as redevelopment for investment or other alternative uses.

The decision to declare the buildings and land surplus to requirements has been made under the 2018 asset management policy, which includes the aim of identifying opportunities to rationalise assets and dispose or redevelop those no longer required for operational purposes.

One of the main parcels declared surplus is land at Chichester High School off Kingsham Road, which includes a former Year 7 block, an old music block and other outbuildings. The buildings have been vacant since 2014 when the academy moved to new classrooms and the land is included in the Southern Gateway masterplan.

Wrenford Centre in Terminus Road, Chichester SUS-181005-161845001

According to officers they are regularly the subject of security and vandalism concerns.

A decision was taken in June 2019 to demolish the buildings and relocate the all-weather hockey pitch.

Another Chichester asset is the Wrenford Training Centre in Terminus Road industrial estate, which used to house an adults day centre. Services have been relocated to the Judith Adams Day Centre in Chichester and the Chestnuts Day Centre in Bognor Regis following refurbishment of both these other sites.

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