Public buildings for up sale

By Emily Pearce

Friday, August 31, 2012

 

A HOST of well-known Isle of Wight buildings, tourist attractions and community facilities are to be sold.

The Isle of Wight Council’s property disposals programme — more than 70 properties listed for sale over the next four years — was approved on Thursday, last week.

The list includes school buildings deemed surplus to requirements following the schools reorganisation, plus libraries, youth centres, public toilets and mental health day centres closed following last year’s public service cuts.

Negotiations regarding the sale of Ryde Theatre, Ventnor Winter Gardens and the Blackgang Viewpoint car park are ongoing, as previously reported, although no decision has yet been made on the future of Newport Guildhall.

According to the council, the building cannot be sold until conditions have been discussed and agreed.

Other sites listed for sale include Dinosaur Isle, Seaview Dinghy Park and South Street car park, Newport, which could be sold as part of a town centre redevelopment scheme.

Although most properties are likely to be sold on the open market, some will be sold with conditions protecting their community use.

The council hopes to generate around £1 million, excluding the sale of school buildings, over the next year.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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