Councillors are to discuss what to do with the vacant House of Fraser unit in Camberley.

Surrey Heath Borough Council’s executive will discuss options for the council-owned building which closed last May, on Tuesday, February 13.The meeting will consider whether to fund enabling works to make the building secure and a survey to identify options for the building.

The proposed enabling works would include removal of asbestos, detailed inspection of the roof, internal mechanical and electrical systems, general surveying and repairs to the roof.

Once the asbestos is removed, conceptual plans and designs, with cost estimates, will be developed.

Options for re-using the building include creating retail and hospitality areas, offices, community facilities and residential.

Council leader Cllr Shaun Macdonald said: “As the owners of this building, we need to conduct important and necessary works to ensure its future is viable and safe, despite the substantial cost to the council tax payer.

“The new council knows that this building at the centre of the town centre cannot be left to deteriorate indefinitely.

“We want to create spaces within the town that the residents and visitors to Camberley will all appreciate, supporting a strong economy and continuing to stimulate the regeneration of Camberley.

“It is important that we take time to assess the cost and benefits of different options before we make a final decision on any final investment.”

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