Councillors back the Regent
Published Friday, 21 February 2014
THE campaign to 'Save the Regent' received the backing of Members from the council at Thursday night's (20 February) meeting, following a presentation by representatives of the campaign group.
After the presentation, councillors took the opportunity to ask questions and pledged their individual and collective support for the campaign and its aims, whilst recognising that for the campaign to achieve its aims, considerable sums of money would need to be raised to fund the purchase, renovation and ongoing maintenance of the building.
Members heard that the Compulsory Purchase Order, signed off by the Secretary of State in 2012, was beyond the point of recall and that the developer had made it clear that there were no relocation options suitable for Iceland, the store with plans for a car park on the site of the Regent. However, until the sale of the building, currently at an advanced stage, was finalised, there remained an opportunity to influence the situation to achieve the aspirations of the campaign group.
Both Liberal Democrat and Conservative Leaders pledged their support for the group, with the Council Leader, Stuart Bray, committing that he and senior managers would pursue the issue further with the landowner, developer and Iceland as a matter of urgency.
Summing up the debate, Chief Executive, Steve Atkinson, acknowledged that Members from both parties had given their full support to the group, whilst recognising the considerable financial barriers it faced, and confirmed that further discussions would take place.Last updated: 21/02/2014 13:16
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