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Duke of Kent opens £15m newly renovated town hall

PUBLISHED: 15:08 21 February 2020 | UPDATED: 15:08 21 February 2020

Military drummers celebrate the Duke of Kent's arrival. Picture: Ian Davidson

Military drummers celebrate the Duke of Kent's arrival. Picture: Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson

The Duke of Kent officially opened the borough’s new town hall following a major £15million renovation.

The Duke of Kent chats to cadets. Picture: Ian DavidsonThe Duke of Kent chats to cadets. Picture: Ian Davidson

Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall now includes a community hub with Essex Police, offices for the Department of Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice offices and a mixture of residential and commercial space.

The duke was greeted by the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band before being shown around on Tuesday, February 18.

Council leader councillor Chris Hossack said it was a privilege to welcome the Queen's cousin to the borough.

Prince Edward greets cadets to open the rebuilt Town Hall at Brentwood. Picture: Ian DavidsonPrince Edward greets cadets to open the rebuilt Town Hall at Brentwood. Picture: Ian Davidson

"The Duke of Kent met a number of council officers including Nishat Amin who started here as an intern three years ago in economic development, and who, through his dedication and professionalism, has made a huge difference to the impact the council has helping local businesses," said Cllr Hossack.

"It has been a memorable event that signifies the high esteem in which Brentwood is held."

Chief executive of the council, Jonathan Stephenson, added: "This has been a major 
change not just to the building, but in how the council can improve its accessibility for residents.

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