For­mer fac­tory set to be sold off by coun­cil

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A for­mer fac­tory in Peter­bor­ough which was at the cen­tre of a trou­bled so­lar panel scheme looks set to be sold.

The city coun­cil is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to sell the for­mer Free­mans build­ing in Ivatt Way, West­wood, af­ter a buyer made an ap­proach de­spite the site not be­ing on the mar­ket.

The po­ten­tial sale price and name of the pro­posed pur­chaser have not been re­leased, with a coun­cil spokes­woman stat­ing: “Ne­go­ti­a­tions are com­mer­cially sen­si­tive and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for us to com­ment fur­ther at this stage.”

Free­mans Grat­tan opened its cat­a­logue shop­ping ware­house in Peter­bor­ough in 1969 and once em­ployed 3,000 staff be­fore clos­ing in 2009.

So­lar pan­els were later put on the build­ing’s roof, but tech­ni­cians were not able to make them work.

The coun­cil’s at­tempt to claw back £1.3 mil­lion worth of dam­ages from in­stall­ers En­ter­prise Man­aged Ser­vices Ltd was sent to ar­bi­tra­tion in 2014.

The Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph asked the coun­cil what hap­pened at ar­bi­tra­tion and if the so­lar pan­els had ever worked. The coun­cil had not re­sponded at the time of go­ing to press.

Mean­while, the au­thor­ity has also pub­lished a list of as­sets which it is ex­pect­ing to dis­pose of in the next three years.

The list in­cludes The Cres­set, in­clud­ing the theatre, which it is cur­rently leas- ing to the YMCA on a 999 year ten­ancy.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We are cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with the ten­ants of the site over its fu­ture.”

Other as­sets in­clude Ba­yard Place in Broadway and Welling­ton Street, Wir­rina and Dick­ens Street car parks.

The spokesman added: “Some of these as­sets may be sold to ex­ist­ing ten­ants, trans­ferred to com­mu­nity groups as part of com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer, or sold on the open mar­ket.

“Whilst prop­er­ties may be con­sid­ered for dis­posal this does not mean that they will be sold.”

There is also a list pub­lished by the coun­cil of ‘Prop­er­ties Un­der Con­sid­er­a­tion for Dis­posal’ which in­cludes the Peter­bor­ough United foot­ball ground.

The Cres­set

The site of the for­mer Free­mans fac­tory

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