Newland Ward councillor Mike Ross has spoken out against the decision of the Labour administration at Hull City Council to dismiss his appeal for the sale of the former Newland Primary School buildings to be suspended. At Thursday's Full Council meeting Cllr Mike Ross and his Lib Dem colleagues called for the sale to be halted in order to allow discussions to take place between the council and an action group set up to turn the site into a 'community hub'. At the meeting the ruling Labour group voted against this request.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Mike Ross said,
"I am disappointed that the Labour council took this decision. It is a slap in the face to all those people who are campaigning to keep the building in public use. I truly believe the sensible action at this time would have been to take time to listen to the action group and see if their plans are viable. If after negotiations it became apparent that what the action group are seeking to do then I am sure all sides would have understood and the sale process could have resumed. Instead, by not suspending the sale, the Labour group are really ignoring the views of many residents in the area that don't want to see the buildings lost. I would still appeal to them to reconsider, even at this late stage."
It is expected that the sale of the site will be agreed in the next few weeks, with the final sale of the building subject to planning permission being secured by the developer. At the current time no planning application has been submitted to the council. The site currently houses council staff, a youth centre and a theatre group.