Council’s Porthmellon Office Building Will Be Sold

Council offices at Porthmellon

Council offices at Porthmellon

Councillors have agreed to sell their office building at Porthmellon. But the money will go into the Authority’s reserves, rather than being used to refurbish the Town Hall and Old Wesleyan Chapel as officers requested.

At Tuesday’s Full Council meeting, Senior Manager for Strategic Development, Diana Mompoloki, said the property was now surplus to requirements after 13 staff were moved to other locations in April.

The former Home Hardware store was bought in 2009 for £110,000 and a further £30,000 was spent turning it into open plan office space.

The purchase was agreed without a formal valuation and two years later the property was estimated to be worth just £115,000.

Diana said there had already been “quite a lot of interest” in renting or buying the unit.

Cllr Christine Savill said the sale was a sensible way forward, but she couldn’t agree to Diana’s recommendation to use the money to help pay for new open plan office spaces.

That discussion was set for later in the meeting and was eventually thrown out by councillors.

Christine recommended putting the money into the Council’s Capital Reserve and that was agreed by other members unanimously.

A reserve price for the property will now be set by the District Valuer and it will be sold by sealed bids.