Riverside – what’s the agenda?

Friday, December 7, 2012


LETTERS From Mike Chandler, Newport:

FOR what reason would the IW Council insist on the strict interpretation of the Riverside Centre lease, which would prevent the centre from raising funds through commercial activities (CP, 23-11-12).

I ask myself, why would the authority wish to make the centre less financially viable, unless it wanted to shut it down or is there some other financial reason?

On the face of it, the site looks very valuable, but it is common knowledge the land is contaminated from previous use, which would, in all probability, make it prohibitive to develop.

I would have thought the best solution is to not invoke the strict terms of the lease or vary the terms, if necessary, and not disturb this facility, which was built for the good of the less abled of our community. Surely we do not wish to lose it altogether?

Will the council make good the loss of commercial income at the centre and, if so, from where will the money come?

Can someone tell us all what the hidden agenda is here because it makes no sense to me.

• More letters on this topic in the Friday, December 7, County Press.

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