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.

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