PART of Burton Town Hall has been put up for sale.
The building’s 17,000sq ft extension has officially been put on the market, having been empty for the last two years.
Speculation surrounding the future of the 1930s extension has been growing with the area currently vacant following East Staffordshire Borough Council’s decision to relocate to the Maltsters, in Wetmore Road.
The council previously said that if the annex couldn’t be sold, it could be demolished to make way for flats or green space.
But the authority’s preferred option would be to be able keep the part of the building in tact by selling it.
The building has become a drain on the authority’s funds, with it currently going unused and in need of an estimated £750,000 overhaul.
Both Trent and Dove and Staffordshire County Council have enquired about the possibility of turning the building into flats, but both attempts ultimately fell through.
The building is currently emblazoned with a huge banner announcing its availability.
Liz Staples, the borough council’s deputy leader for corporate services, said the move was a positive step.
She said: “As the council no longer requires this building, the sale of the town hall annex is a positive step towards the ensuring that the property is used to its fullest potential.”
The council said last year that the building would be given six to eight months to sell, before other options, including bringing in the bulldozers, would be explored.
Argyle FRICS, which has been brought in to handle the sale, appears to be confident of finding a buyer.
The firm described the town hall building as a ‘unique and substantial development opportunity’.