Sussex

Chichester's register office to close

A register office in Chichester is to close as part of the local authority's cost-cutting measures.

West Sussex County Council said it would not renew the lease for the Greyfriars building in North Street when it runs out in September.

Councillor Pete Bradley said couples could still get married at the council-owned Edes House in West Street.

Businesses in Chichester said the closure of the register office would impact on trade.

'Low-key weddings'

Mr Bradley said the council would make "quite substantial" savings by not renewing the lease.

"What we are doing is making substantial savings because of the difficult financial situation the country is in."

Liza Reynolds, the deputy general manager of the Ship Hotel, said: "It's a shame for the city in general.

"A lot of people tend to go for low-key weddings these days where they can just go to a registry office and have a few friends and family back to a hotel or a restaurant."

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