Town Council seeks urgent talks on Centre

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Garstang Town Council is to seek urgent talks with Wyre Council in the hope of brokering an agreement over the future of the Community Centre before any decision is made about selling it off on the open market.

The move follows the news, revealed at Monday night’s Town Council meeting, of a “radical” suggestion from the Town Council Mayor Graham Salisbury and the council’s community centre working party.

Their idea was that the Town Council sell off another asset – the scout and guide HQ on Kepple Lane.

The sale would help fund the estimated £350,000 purchase and refurbishment of the Community Centre .

The idea was that scouts and guides could move into The FIG Tree Fairtrade centre premises, which will be vacant if, as expected, The FIG Tree moves to Lancaster.

It was predicted the Kepple Lane site would be worth around £300,000 as a development site.

But Alan Pearson, Chairman of the Management Committee of the Scout HQ’s reply was concise.

He wrote: “The proposal has been considered by the Scouts Executive and the Guides Executive as well as by the management committee for the building.

“All three parties are unanimously agreed that such a move is not negotiable; the proposal is entirely unsuitable to the needs of the organisations involved.”

The Town Council set up a working party months ago to consider purchase of the High Street Community Centre, viewed as an “under performing asset” by its owners Wyre Council.

Wyre agreed to list the building as an asset of community value and gave the town council – or interested community groups – until December 19 to develop a proposal and raise funds for its possible puchase.

The Centre is currently home to the Town Council, businesses, community groups, a dance school and The FIG Tree Fair Trade Centre.

See next week’s Courier for a full report on the Town Council meeting.