Almost 30 businesses want to buy the Civic Centre, council claims
ALMOST 30 businesses and organisations say they are interested in buying up a 15-acre site including Stoke's Civic Centre, the city council claimed today.
The authority is attempting to sell off land and buildings including the former Spode Works, Civic Centre, Stoke Town Hall, King's Hall, Gordon House and Kingsway car park ahead of its move to Hanley's Central Business District (CBD) in 2015.
The move to a new HQ, which will require public funding of up to £55 million, has attracted fierce opposition from residents and traders who fear Stoke has no future without the 1,300 council workers who support its economy.
But officers today said 29 organisations have already expressed an interest in buying the site.
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The city council is planning to begin groundwork at the site which will see an engineering consultant paid to carry out structural surveys and flood risk assessments to help speed up a potential sale.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: "We are starting site investigations and have a number of significant interests.
"The results of these early surveys will make the site more attractive to interested parties and help to secure a development partner to regenerate the area."
Save Our Stoke campaign organiser Graham Barrett, aged 61, of Honeywall, said: "I would take anything they say about the future of Stoke with a pinch of salt."