Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I oppose the sale of the Council Offices in St Austell

Today, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet voted to sell the former Restormel Council Offices to a developer, so that they could build yet another supermarket.

I fundamentally disagree with the decision, which I believe is short-sighted and does not make financial sense.

The Council owns significant land in this location and the offices are good. And yet the decision was to sell off three-quarters of the land, knock down perfectly good offices, and use the receipt from the sale of the land to build new (smaller) offices with less car parking, squashed up on the remaining land, with no space for future expansion.

It makes no sense and I will continue to oppose this sale.

We need an accommodation strategy for Cornwall Council that reflects the needs of Cornwall Council – and is not driven by developers and supermarkets.

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