Councillors' secret update on former Arts Centre sale progress

FORMER GLORY: Darlington Arts Centre

FORMER GLORY: Darlington Arts Centre

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MEMBERS of Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet received a behind-closed-doors update on the ongoing sale of the former Darlington Arts Centre building.

The press and public was excluded from that part of Tuesday’s (April 29) meeting as it involved the likely disclosure of sensitive financial information.

The Northern Echo understands a number of bids have been received for the building, in Vane Terrace, which has stood empty since the arts centre closed in July 2012.

Plans to convert the building into a combined hotel and arts venue fell through last summer, after the project failed to secure arts centre funding.

Council sources say any development of the former arts centre, or the site it stands on, would need to be sympathetic to the surrounding residential area.

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3:52pm Thu 1 May 14

BMD says...

MEMBERS of Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet received a behind-closed-doors update on the ongoing sale of the former Darlington Arts Centre building.

This can only be one of two scenarios - The bidding was below expectation or The highest bidder is not the preferred choice.
MEMBERS of Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet received a behind-closed-doors update on the ongoing sale of the former Darlington Arts Centre building. This can only be one of two scenarios - The bidding was below expectation or The highest bidder is not the preferred choice. BMD
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5:46pm Thu 1 May 14

JJ2000 says...

If the building is not private and belongs to the public there should be no reason for closed doors
If the building is not private and belongs to the public there should be no reason for closed doors JJ2000
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10:25am Fri 2 May 14

reasoned view says...

Behind closed doors? Seems yet another council balls up is headed our way, agreed on by self serving imbeciles
Behind closed doors? Seems yet another council balls up is headed our way, agreed on by self serving imbeciles reasoned view
  • Score: 3

9:26am Sun 4 May 14

Spy Boy says...

Considering how high profile this issue has been, it's a travesty of the 'Open and Transparent' information process. The fact that it is behind closed doors means that something unpalatable is being cooked up by Bill ( Photo opportunity ) Dixon and Ada ( Annual bonus extra ) Burns. How much longer will the people of Darlington suffer these fools.
This is simply unacceptable.

From some of the comments on this forum over the last year, people are finally starting to wake up to the fact that our council cabinet is selling us down the river.
Considering how high profile this issue has been, it's a travesty of the 'Open and Transparent' information process. The fact that it is behind closed doors means that something unpalatable is being cooked up by Bill ( Photo opportunity ) Dixon and Ada ( Annual bonus extra ) Burns. How much longer will the people of Darlington suffer these fools. This is simply unacceptable. From some of the comments on this forum over the last year, people are finally starting to wake up to the fact that our council cabinet is selling us down the river. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

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