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New place for face to face planning and building enquiries to save council around £1/4 million a year

3 April 2012: Residents wanting to make face-to-face planning and building enquiries can now do so at the Contact Centre, Bexleyheath.

News release

These services, once found at Wyncham House, Sidcup, have moved offices (2 April 2012), as part of the London Borough of Bexley's strategy to save money.

This is part of phased shutdown of Wyncham House for Council business and will save the Council £245,000 a year in running costs.

Face-to-face enquiries on:

  • Planning applications/advice
  • Building regulations/advice
  • Viewing of plans
  • Land charges
  • Skip licences
  • Materials licences

should all be made at the Contact Centre, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT.

The Contact Centre is centrally located in the borough, next to the main shopping centre, with good public transport links and public car parking.

Residents wanting to make face-to-face enquiries on specialised land charges relating to highway schemes, can now visit the Council's Hill View Offices, Hill View Drive, Welling, Kent, DA16 3RY.

All enquiries can also be made online at www.bexley.gov.uk, or by telephone on 020 8303 7777. Computers for public use are available in libraries across the borough.

Caddy bags will continue to be available from the Foots Cray depot in Maidstone Road, and Sidcup Library.

The change is part of the Council's Strategy 2014 programme to save money while protecting frontline services, and the Bexley First programme to reduce the number of offices the Council works from, saving money on running and maintenance costs.

The Council is currently in negotiations with a local company who would lease the building once all Council staff have moved out.

This would mean in addition to the savings of running the building, the building will provide an income for the Council, again helping to protect services.

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