Riverside Centre deal agreed

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

A LINE has been drawn under the 'disruption and aggravation' that has plagued the Riverside Centre in recent years.

The Isle of Wight Council executive has approved a community asset transfer of the Newport building to a trust led by Riverside Centre Ltd, the charity that currently runs the centre, ending a bitter row with the previous Tory administration over the lease.

The executive agreed last night (Tuesday) to lease the centre for 125 years at a peppercorn rent, and waive three years of unpaid rent. It is hoped the move will secure the centre's future as a hub for disabled people, those with long-term health conditions and carers.

Cllr Jon Gilbey, executive member for resources, said the centre had suffered enough disruption and aggravation in recent years.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, on Friday, June 13.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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