PLANS to sell land and buildings owned by the Isle of Wight Council went before the cabinet yesterday (Tuesday).
Members agreed to enter into negotiations to lease Ventnor Coastal Visitor Centre to Ventnor Town Council, which plans to use the building as a community hub and workplace for small businesses.
The council agreed to treat the town council as a special purchaser for the property, estimated to be worth £300,000 to £400,000.
Speaking at last Thursday’s overview and scrutiny committee, Cllr Richard Hollis asked why a cash-strapped council was disposing of a building at an advantageous price, leading to a robust retort from Ventnor mayor and deputy council leader, Cllr Steve Stubbings, who said the proposal would benefit the town.
At its meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet also agreed to enter discussions with wind turbine blade manufacturer, Vestas, which has shown interest in the former landfill site at Stag Lane.
The scrutiny committee came out against the proposal due to environmental fears associated with the site.
Despite concerns around surplus places in schools, the cabinet also agreed to enter into a 125-year lease with the Inspire Academy Trust for the former East Cowes Primary School site in Grange Road, which will open as the Island Studio School next September.
It will cater for up to 400 14 to 19 year olds and specialise in marine manufacturing and offshore energy.
Councillors also approved the sale of The Avenues, a former mental health day centre in Freshwater, to Freshwater Parish Council. They agreed to accept the parish council’s £32,000 offer for the building, which it plans to use as a parish office.
Members also agreed to conclude the sale of the former Sunnycrest Nursery, Newchurch, following last year’s delegated decision to sell the site to the Caravan Club, which owns the adjacent caravan park, for £365,625.