D-Day looms for sale of community centre

Garstang Community Centre
Garstang Community Centre

A decision on whether Wyre Council will dispose of Garstang Community Centre is expected to be made by June.

A working party set-up by Garstang Town Council is currently exploring the option of purchasing the building, sat in the heart of the town and a hubto some of the town’s long-established groups.

The working group has been granted six months to develop and investigate a business plan.

And at last week’s Wyre Full Council meeting held at the Wyre Civic Centre in Poulton, Resources Portfolio Holder Coun Alan Vincent presented the council’s position.

In his report Coun Alan Vincent spoke of ‘positive discussions’ between the Town Council and Wyre Council bosses, and added the Town Council’s intentions to explore a detailed business case, to buy the building at an agreed market price.

They are expected to give their answer on whether to go ahead with the project by December.

In his report Coun Vincent stated: “Recognising that the Business Centre has been listed as an Asset of Community Value and in order to accommodate these timescales, the Council would need to announce its intention to dispose of the centre at the Council meeting on June 5.”

Following the presentation of his report, no ward councillor for the area made any further representation.

The centre was listed as an Asset of Community Value in February after the Town Council received huge public backing to submit an application for the site.However, while the Town Council has stressed its position to carry out necessary feasibility studies before making a decision on the centre Bruce Crowther, director of the centre’s main tenants the Fig Tree Fair Trade Centre, has said their future in Garstang is looking less likely.

He says its local future hangs in the balance because it has already been given notice by current centre owners Wyre Council, that its lease will end in November.

• Next week Garstang Town Council will hold its annual town meeting when residents will get chance to hear more on a number of key issues in the town.

The meeting, chaired by Garstang mayor Chris Ryan, will take place at the Garstang Arts Centre, High Street on Thursday April 24, from 7pm.

There will be a chance for members of the public to raise any issues with councillors.

Included on the agenda is the annual report from Mayor Chris Ryan, a financial update from Town Council clerk Edwina Parry as well as a report on the developments at Kepple Lane Playing Fields.

For further information ahead of next week’s meeting email garstangtc@btinternet.com