Meeting to discuss proceeds of building's sale
WAYS in which money raised from the sale of Helston's former community centre can be used are to be discussed at tonight's town council meeting.
The building was sold to a new arts group for more than £150,000 last summer.
But preliminary work has found a section of its roof could be structurally unsound. New owner the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (Cast) aims to turn it into a centre for the arts, with h eavy community use and hopes it could become part of a "cultural quarter", especially if linked with the Helston Museum.
Members of Cast and others have described it as an "amazing opportunity" which could act as a catalyst for Helston's regeneration.
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The building closed as a community centre a couple of years ago after its owners, the town council, said it could not legally renew the lease to its then users. This followed a failed campaign to save it as a community centre.
It has been suggested some of the money raised by the sale be ploughed back into the building but this was not thought to have received universal approval from councillors.
At tonight's meeting, Deputy Mayor Mike Thomas wants members to discuss the allocation of funds resulting from the sale of the building.