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Poole council scraps controversial £250k civic centre revamp

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Image caption The Conservative-led Borough of Poole said the civic centre had not been updated or refurbished since its opening 30 years ago

Plans for a £250,000 revamp of Poole's civic centre have been scrapped by the council following widespread criticism.

The proposed upgrade was denounced because the building could close if plans to combine the county's nine councils into two goes ahead.

Opponents said the work was a complete waste of money ahead of a decision on the proposed merger.

The council said it "recognises concerns at the cost of the works" and would look at a cheaper alternative.

The initial decision to press ahead with the work was made by Councillor May Haines just a week ago.

The proposed revamp included £31,000 on furniture for its foyer and more than £55,000 on mechanical and electrical works.

It also included improved disabled access, baby changing facilities and new interview spaces for members of the public.

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