Dorset

Royal opening for Dorchester council offices

Earl of Wessex at South Banks Walk Image copyright Wddc
Image caption The Earl of Wessex toured the £9.7m council office complex

New council offices in Dorchester have been officially opened by the Earl of Wessex.

The earl toured the new £9.7m South Walks House headquarters for West Dorset District Council on Charles Street as part of a visit to the town.

It replaced Stratton House on High West Street which was put on sale for £3.5m but sold for £1.5m in 2013.

The council previously said the new premises would lead to an annual saving of £224,000 in running costs.

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