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Town hall extension may face bulldozers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

Burton Town Hall extension

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PART of Burton Town Hall could be bulldozed to make way for ‘attractive green space’ if plans to sell it fall through.

Other proposals include converting the 1930s annex, empty since East Staffordshire Borough Council staff relocated in June 2011, into flats.

The borough council’s cabinet will meet on Monday to decide whether to put the vacant building on the market for six to eight months.

If this option is agreed, the authority, in the meantime, will use the time to consider any proposal for self development of its asset which could include ‘residential conversion, site demolition and development, and/or green space.’

In an Evaluated Options Report by the council’s asset management, it says the annex is in a ‘tired’ condition, in need of approximately £750,000 worth of improvements.

The report adds that if the building remains unused, the council will incur ongoing costs causing a ‘financial burden’.

It has also been revealed that Trent and Dove Housing were pursuing an option to buy the annex for flat conversions, and Staffordshire County Council had also expressed an interest in housing staff from its Adult Social Care and Families but both options fell through.

The borough council is now proposing two options for the site. The first, which is being recommended, is to sell the building itself and then the car park. The council would then lease back the car park to cater for the civic function suite.

The report says: "This may be a more attractive opportunity for more developers, offering increased potential to sell the property. This marketing would need to take place for six to eight months to gauge market interest.

"This time will allow for us to consider any proposals for potential self development. For example, residential conversion, site demolition and development, and/or green space.”

The council considers the advantages of this option include a significant capital receipt, as well as the removal of necessary maintenance spend, and ‘attractive space if the site is demolished and redesigned to incorporate green space’.

However, it admits that this would be the loss of an owned asset on the asset register and that selling in the current market may not obtain the best price possible for the site.

The report concludes: “If after six to eight months of marketing no interest is received (there would be) further investigation into the potential demolition of the site. However, this will only be an option due to an unsuccessful marketing campaign.”

The council’s second option is to do nothing but said it would still face ongoing maintenance issues, as well as the prominence of a large, empty building on a major gateway into Burton.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 18 2012, 9:58PM

    Here we go again it only seem a short time since the council moved out the mill leaving it In a bad state of repair. How much is this going to cost the tax paying public. Why don't they have a repair program instead of leaving the repairs to build up to £750.000. And a big no no to pulling another bit of history down. The public should have a say in it all.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 17 2012, 11:47AM

    Are our council a joke? They are making plans to create loads of new homes on green fields, swallow up villages in the name of housing need but here they are saying they want to demolist a building for green space! I'd laugh if it wasn't so serious

  • Burton Mail  |  December 13 2012, 7:15PM

    Meanwhile, the same collection of idiots are planning to tarmac over hundreds of acres of attractive green space on our doorsteps..

  • Burton Mail  |  December 12 2012, 5:35PM

    In 1974 local government was reorganised. Since that time EVERY council in Staffordshire has constructed modern offices with excellent public facilities. Oh! sorry, one hasn't - guess which one.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 12 2012, 5:20PM

    Why knock it down its a nice building , I thiught ther are housing shortages why not make into apartments for rent get an income instead of selling everything off one day there will be nothing to sell off

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 8:33PM

    This building has magnificent character, do not let it get demolished!!

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 4:31PM

    Typical council farce,sell the grain warehouse then re-furbish and rent the maltings in wetmore,then sell the new town hall(where the grain warehouse people were) to rent property elsewhere. Thats how to save money, by selling your assets and renting for the long term future.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 4:12PM

    If all fails personally I would like to see an open green place a bench or two no mini's (artwork) I think that there is not enough green places in town's

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 10:39AM

    How many empty premises do the council have? Why the council cannot utilise these empty premises is a mystery. I am sure that they could be rented out or possibly used for a combined services club or other charity.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 8:18AM

    Oh fabulous, somewhere pretty for the drunks to sit, making it a no go zone because of the abuse they give passers by, and mind you don't slip on the human excrement that they leave behind. Meanwhile the residents in that area pay more for green spaces on their council tax.