Council To Build Eleven Business Workspaces On St Mary’s

What the new centre will look like

What the new centre will look like

The Council will go ahead with building eleven business workspaces and meeting rooms on the former wholesalers site at Porthmellon.

They’ll be used as offices, workshops and potentially a commercial kitchen, but they can’t be set up as retail spaces.

Councillors originally approved the planning application to redevelop the unit, built in 1966, into 5,000 square feet of business space in February 2012.

But yesterday they had to agree to the funding package.

£1.5m of European cash will be on offer to pay for the build. The Council has been able to use the land that they own to trigger match funding.

Councillors were warned that if didn’t agree to proceed, the Council couldn’t claw back the £111,000 spent developing the plans.

As part of the package, the Council will have to take on a staff member to manage the unit.

Diana Mompoloki told members the new job position would be grant-funded until August 2015.

It’ll be a fixed-term role, which is likely to include looking after other commercial properties for the Council.

Some members voiced concern over the ongoing financial risks of the scheme.

But Cllr Marian Bennett said the islands’ economy could be adversely affected if the plan didn’t proceed and we may regret that in the future.

PC Green Builders have won the construction contract, worth just under £1.5m.

A national building firm also pitched for the work and was one of the final two applicants that were scored and compared.

Work on the site should start next April, with the centre expected to open in January 2015.



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