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Arts Centre being marketed to its full potential, councillors told
12:50pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
STAFF are working hard to ensure that Darlington’s former Arts Centre is marketed to its full potential, councillors have been told.
The issue of the historic building, which has stood empty since it was closed by Darlington Borough Council because of funding cuts last year, was raised at a meeting of the full council.
Councillor Ian Galletley, who represents the College ward, where the arts centre stands in Vane Terrace, asked for an update on the situation with the building.
A previous bid to create a combined hotel and arts venue, dubbed Project Vane, ended earlier this year after its backers failed to secure funding from the Arts Council, which led to the council decision to put the building up for sale.
Coun Galletley said: “The report prepared for the meeting tells us about the future of the arts centre but it does not tell us whether any progress was being made in the sale of the building.”
In response, Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “I don’t have a great deal more information.
“Officers are working hard to ensure that the full opportunities of the building are made clear to potential owners to make it a more attractive proposition.
“We will be awarding the tenders in early 2014.”
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