Thursday, 13 September 2012

Storey stays Creative

Lancaster's Storey will remain a creative hub, after councillors voted  against redevelopment and sell off.

The decision will be welcomed by current tenants, who argued it should continue to operate, offering detailed and powerful arguments in favour of the option (see news story).

At a city council meeting yesterday councillors voted unanimously to support the tenants and decided not to back council officers preferred option to seek redevelopment of the building to complement future uses of Lancaster Castle.

The Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor both report the city council will now investigate exactly how the Storey will be run and paid for, after Storey Creative Industries Centre Ltd (SCIC), which managed the building, went into liquidation in August.

Coun Abbott Bryning, a former board member of SCIC Ltd told the meeting selling the building off, which was also suggested, would be a public relations disaster for the Council.
“If you decide to sell it off, you’ll have thousands of Lancastrians round your neck,”  he told councillors.

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