Coroner may be based in Bexhill

An old council building, which had been described as ‘surplus to requirements’ could soon be the new home of the County Coroner.

The property at 31 Station Road was acquired by Rother District Council back in 2004.

The site was originally home to the Planning Inspectorate during the Public Inquiry into the previous Rother District Local Plan.

Now the local authority considers the building as ‘surplus to requirements’, although it has been let from time to time on short-term tenancies to local community groups and used by the council for accommodating staff.

It is currently let to Rother Voluntary Action on a short-term tenancy, which expires on March 31.

The future of the building was due to be discussed at an RDC Overview and Scrutiny Committee next month.

But in the meantime Rother has been approached by East Sussex County Council, acting on behalf of the County Coroner.

The coroner is currently based at premises in Grand Parade, St Leonards-on-Sea, but this temporary arrangement is due to come to an end shortly.

Rother has already provisionally agreed for a non-secure lease for a maximum of three years at a rent of £7,500 per annum exclusive of rates.

Councillors are due to make an official decision on the proposal next week.

In March last year, following lengthy discussions with the YMCA, councillors agreed to let 31 Station Road for use as residential accommodation for supported housing for local people.

But discussions with the YMCA subsequently stalled and the proposed letting did not take place.