Town council set to take on centre

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 

UPDATED WEDNESDAY 08:53*

THE former Isle of Wight Coastal Visitors' Centre looks set to be leased to Ventnor Town Council, which hopes to use it to boost the town’s economy.

Salisbury Gardens was at the centre of a row between Ventnor Town Council and the former Isle of Wight Council Conservative administration, which planned to sell the building on the open market.

Following their victory at last year’s election however, the Independents awarded special purchaser status to the town council, allowing it to pursue plans to use the centre as a hub for community facilities and business.

A proposal to grant the town council a 26 year lease for the building is to go before the property disposal and capital programme sub committee on Tuesday, February 11, where it has been recommended for approval.

The committee is also due to discuss which assets the council could sell in the coming financial year.

The list includes Brighstone Library, Niton Youth Club, its former depot in Ryde and former industrial land at Garden Estate, Ventnor.

Several former primary schools are also listed.

*A decision to lease Salisbury Gardens, including the Coastal Visitors' Centre and adjacent land, to Ventnor Town Council was approved by the Isle of Wight Council cabinet last night (Tuesday).

Concerns were raised the decision had not been given enough consideration however, and looks set to be called in by Cllr Geoff Lumley, chairman of overview and scrutiny.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, February 14.

View the report and other papers below:

Isle of Wight Council Property Disposal and Capital Programme sub-committee

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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