Chichester day centre building to be sold

A Chichester day centre building is set to be sold by West Sussex County Council.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:32 pm
Wrenford Centre in Terminus Road, Chichester SUS-181005-161845001
Wrenford Centre in Terminus Road, Chichester SUS-181005-161845001

Services at The Wrenford Centre, on the north side of Terminus Road, are being relocated to Chestnuts in Bognor Regis and the Judith Adams Centre in Chichester as part of changes to the council’s in-house social care provision.

The property was handed back to the corporate landlord and formally declared surplus to the county councils operational requirements in August 2020.

Selling agents were appointed and nine offers have been received.

The cabinet member for finance has agreed to dispose of the freehold estate and delegated officers to conclude the terms of the sale with the highest and preferred bidder.

According to an officers’ report: “The property is surplus to requirements and is in need of considerable repair and improvement. It is not deemed suitable for continued operational use by adult services, another service in WSCC or another service connected to WSCC.

“A full options appraisal was undertaken in January 2020.

“Letting the property to a third party was also dismissed given the state and condition of the building.”

Since the identify of the preferred bidder is not known, it is unclear whether they would seek to retain and refurbish the existing building or demolish it and what operational purpose it envisages for the site.