Liberal Democrat councillors will be backing resident’s efforts to stop the former Newland Avenue Primary School buildings from being sold off. They will be tabling a motion at Thursday’s Full Council meeting asking for the sale to be suspended, to allow an action group set up to keep the buildings in public hands time to discuss their proposals with the council.
Cllr Mike Ross, who is tabling the motion, backs the efforts of the action group. Since the school closed in 2006 the buildings have been used by both council services and community groups. Commenting ahead of the meeting, Cllr Mike Ross said,
“I know many residents in the area are concerned that the council plans to sell the buildings. They do not believe more flats are needed. So far it does seem like the council are simply prepared to get rid of the buildings. The plans the action group are putting forward would see the buildings kept as a community hub - something that is definitely needed. I urge the Labour councillors to back the call to suspend the sale of the buildings.”
It is thought the council are trying to get the sale agreed by the end of February.