THE multi-million pound regeneration of Billingham Town Centre is continuing with progress being made on the new planned one-stop style customer service centre.

The £2.7m building will be built on the site of the former Billingham Art Gallery and Council offices.

It is proposed it will bring together a library, customer cervice facilities for Stockton Council and Tristar Homes as well as create office space for Billingham Town Council all under one roof.

To allow for the plans to progress, existing services from Billingham Council Offices are being relocated to Billingham Community Centre.

Those relocating include Cashiers and Tristar Homes, including a rent payment collection service. The Child Placement Team is relocating to Queensway House.

The services will move tomorrow (Friday, February 15) and the cashiers Service and Tristar Homes will be open for business in the Community Centre on Monday, February 18.

A planning application has been submitted for the demolition of the former Art Gallery and Council Offices.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "The new customer service centre will make a real difference to the people living in Billingham – it will save them time and mean they can access all the services and facilities they need under one roof.

"It is exciting to see this latest phase of the regeneration of Billingham Town Centre moving forward and this temporary relocation will allow for the plans to progress."

The contact numbers for Cashiers will be 01642- 526848 and for Tristar will be 0300 111 1000.