Sale Of Council’s Porthmellon Offices Falls Through

Council offices at Porthmellon

Council offices at Porthmellon

The Council says it is “reviewing its options” after a potential buyer for the redundant Porthmellon offices withdrew their offer.

They agreed to sell the property last August after consolidating their staff onto existing sites as part of the reorganisation instigated by Chief Executive Theo Leisjer.

The Authority says they received two offers over the winter and the lease was offered to the highest bidder.

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. Radio Scilly understands that an offer for £60,000 had been received for the site.

But there may be better news for another property owned by the Council, which has been on the market since July 2013.

The house used by the former Chief Executive Philip Hygate at 6 Sallyport is under “firm offer.”

Last April, councillors removed a condition allowing the Authority to claw back a proportion of any profits made if the site was redeveloped, after receiving no serious interest in the property.

Two previous offers were both “much beneath” the asking price of £400,000 and were rejected.



3 Responses to Sale Of Council’s Porthmellon Offices Falls Through

  1. Solomon May 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I think the Council should look to keep the building, and consider developing on the footprint, possibly widening it, and building 3 or 4 stories of flats there, which could yield 8 or so one or even two bedroom flats.

    It’s always been an industrial site, but only by name. There’s no reason the Council can’t reclaim it and start to house people in a site that allows close access to Hugh Town but without it being in the town itself. I think the whole ‘industrial estate’ site should be heavily considered, and businesses moved out and into more suitable, more visible, locations.

    • Solomon May 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      As the original Solomon I wonder at your judgement.

  2. Soloman May 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Is it really ‘better news’ that 6 Sallyport is ‘under firm offer’?
    This authority has a shortage of social housing yet on our behalf they have left a family home empty for two years having received no rent throughout that time and are now selling it at a bargain basement price.
    One can only imagine the rationale behind this flawed decision, I’m inclined to think that the real reason behind the sale is a twisted notion of exorcism!