Camelford Town Council were ready to buy St John’s Hall
Camelford Town Council earlier this month submitted a weighty, but unsuccessful, bid to buy St John’s Hall in Clease Road after hearing reports from the public and Councillors about its importance to the town. At their meeting on 7 May 2015 Cllr Rob Rotchell led an item which discussed the pros and cons of purchasing the historic ambulance station, whereupon it was clarified that the Hall would not be ‘money-making’, but viewed as a community asset.
The guide price for the building, which was being sold by sealed bid, was set at £45,000. St John’s agreed to extend the deadline to receive bids in order for the Council to discuss and formulate an offer. Although at the meeting an initial proposal was made by Cllr Ken Harris to bid £75,000, an amendment was made and then unanimously supported by all Councillors to enter a higher bid of £80,000. St John’s have rejected the offer for being too low, although the organisation recognised that the continued community-use of the site did hold weight.
Cllr R Rotchell said “We’re very disappointed that our bid was unsuccessful. The building means a lot to people in the town, and the Council has recognised the fact by offering a figure far in excess of the guide price. This time, it just wasn’t to be.”
Lee Dunkley, Town Clerk, added “Although the offer was rejected, St John’s have been helpful in accommodating the Council by extending their deadline for bids, and recognising the importance of plans for it to remain for community use.”