Confusion escalates after town council’s “sell off” idea

As the confusion deepened around the future of Garstang’s Community Centre, it was also revealed that councillors had agreed in private discussions that they still wished to be considered as a potential bidders for the centre, on High Street, which has been listed as an Asset of Community Value by Wyre Council.

Sunday, 3rd August 2014, 6:45 am
The future of Garstangs community centre is under doubt

It is understood the town council now have until December to prepare and present a business plan to Wyre Council bosses.

But the town council face further difficulties following the announcement by Bruce Crowther director of The Fig Tree visitor centre and cafe, based at the centre, that it would be re-locating to Lancaster.

In its statement the town council described the Fig Tree’s departure as ‘a blow’ to the working party, with no further firm interest shown for the soon-to-be empty cafe.

The town council added: “To this end, the working party have taken a more radical approach, meeting with local community groups to assess if there is merit in focussing some of the town’s periheral uses altogether in a single Town Centre site, freeing up assets to be disposed of to assist funding the project.

“The response from these groups is currently awaited.”

Last week the Courier revealed exclusively that Wyre Borough Council, owners of the Community Centre, as well as discussing its future with the town council, had also indicated its availability as a possible site for the building of an Aldi store.

The Courier submitted a list of detailed questions to Coun Salisbury seeking clarification on the issue, including a question on whether there would be a follow-up public meeting.

There was no reply by the time we went to press.