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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Buyer on cards for Cumbrian council depot site

A potential buyer has been found for the council depot in Penrith.

Robin Hooper photo
Robin Hooper

The Old London Road site, which includes a former gasworks, could change hands following discussions, a meeting at Dufton heard.

Although council chief executive Robin Hooper said the matter was commercially sensitive and he could reveal no more than that, the announcement was welcomed by councillors. The council plans to dispose of the site and move the authority’s contractor, Amey, to a more suitable location.

Discussions are already taking place with the county council about relocating Amey to Skirsgill, on the outskirts of town, as the town centre depot is felt to be unsuitable for such an industrial use.

Buildings on the Old London Road site are said to need repairs, while, as a former gasworks, it is also classed as contaminated land.

A scrutiny review group has already discussed options for use of the site, such as housing, but with no preferred option.

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