THE Citizens Advice Bureau in Bishop’s Waltham has been forced to close after the owner of the adjacent property cut the water supply.

It is owned by Bishop’s Waltham city councillor Colin Chamberlain and his wife. The office on Well House is leased to the CAB by the parish council.

An old building with antiquated pipes, the stopcock is located next door, within Cllr Chamberlain’s property.

Parish chairman Judy Marsh said: “We thought it was not quite right that it was turned off. There’s a written agreement.

“We asked them to turn the stopcock back on but they have not because it’s not good for them to have it on if they’re not living there.”

Mrs Marsh said the situation was now being considered by the parish’s solicitors.

Susan Lambert, chair of the trustee board of Winchester District CAB, said: “The CAB and its clients have unfortunately been caught in the middle of this situation. “Until this is resolved, our Bishop’s Waltham clients can contact our Winchester office.”

At the time of going to press, neither Cllr Chamberlain nor his wife were available for comment.