HARTLEPOOL Mayor Stuart Drummond said he is hoping to report some “positive news” about the sale of a derelict retail site within the next couple of weeks.
Hartlepool Borough Council is yet to buy Jacksons Landing, at Hartlepool Marina, as part of plans to then sell the land on for redevelopment.
But the Mayor revealed that council officials had met with the owners Schroders in London this week and talks are ongoing.
Speaking at a meeting of the full council he said things had moved on “a pace” since last week’s full council meeting, where he was once again grilled on the issue.
Mayor Drummond said: “Since last week, things have moved on a pace and there has been a meeting in London with the owners.
“I hope to report some positive news within the next couple of weeks.”
The issue was raised by Liberal Democrat councillor Edna Wright, who once again asked how much money had been spent on the proposals.
Mayor Drummond said previously that he did not know exactly how much officer time had been spent on the plans, but said that was the job they are paid to do.
Coun Wright, who called for a report on the cost last week, again asked for one to be brought back to a future meeting outlining what money, if any, had been spent on the proposals.
Coun Wright said: “I have asked for a simple report and that is not forthcoming.”
Her proposal was seconded by Labour councillor Rob Cook and agreed by full council.
The rumoured sale figure is around the £2m mark, but Mayor Drummond has previously said it was a “lot less” than £2m.
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 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.