AFFORDABLE new housing is to be built at the site of a council-owned depot which has been sold to a developer.
The depot on St David’s Road North, St Annes, was put on the market by Fylde Council to raise funds for the refurbishment of the town hall.
The council pulled out of plans to have a new town hall because of the cost involved and decided to make use of its current building on which work will start at the end of next year.
The scheme will also be funded from the sale of former council offices at Derby Road, Wesham, and the Public Offices on Clifton Road South, St Annes.
A council spokesman explained: “There was a plan until about 18 months ago to build a completely new town hall. That proved unrealistic in the current climate and it was felt that the council tax payer couldn’t be asked to pay that sort of money so the council looked again at the town hall and adopted a smaller plan of improving what we already have funded by the sale of assets we no longer use, of which St David’s Road North is one.
“There are two others, Derby Road, Wesham, and the Public Offices, St Annes. We have got buyers for Derby Road and St David’s Road North, but the money isn’t all in place yet. The pot will be full with the sale of the public offices, although there is interest from potential buyers.”
The St David’s Road North depot was originally a council-owned gas works.
The spokesman added: “At one point it was used as a highways depot and more recently and currently it was used as a depot for the parks and cleansing department and when the sale goes through they will relocate to other premises we have.”
As regards the Public Offices, the spokesman explained: “The Public Offices is listed. The building on the left, which is also in the package, isn’t listed and could be demolished. There’s also the possibility of demolishing part of the rear of the Public Offices. Some people may wonder whether it would be possible just to save the facade. It’s highly unlikely, the old council chamber is in the Public Offices so the building would have to be preserved.”