MAYOR Stuart Drummond says there is still no news on plans to buy a derelict retail site after being quizzed again on the issue.
Mayor Drummond confirmed that Hartlepool Borough Council is yet to buy Jacksons Landing, on Hartlepool Marina, as part of plans to then sell the land on for redevelopment.
He was responding to a question by resident David Nin who wanted to know how many partners are involved and what tendering or space will be available once the purchase goes through.
Mayor Drummond said: “There is nothing further to report than what has been reported previously.
“The council is still in negotiations with both the owners and a potentially interested party.
“Until that moves on, there is nothing further that I can report.”
He added that the business case would have to “stack up” and not cost the council anything.
The rumoured sale figure is around the £2m mark but Mayor Drummond has previously said it was a “lot less” than £2m.
Conservative group leader Ray Wells said the plan was not “sitting as easily as it has done” and asked that if the proposals change significantly it comes back to full council for members to reconsider.
Mayor Drummond agreed that all members would be able to see the plans and make a decision.
Liberal Democrat councillor Edna Wright asked how much officer time had been spent on the plans and said there must be a cost attached.
Mayor Drummond said he didn’t know exactly how much time had been spent on the plans but added: “That is the job they are paid to do.”
The building has been empty since July 2004 and talks have taken place with a number of interested developers.
Last year the council entered into a “lock-out” agreement with the owner Schroders to give it time to produce a feasibility study.
If the sale does go through, two thirds of the site could be redeveloped for housing and the rest for commercial use.
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