Youth House sold to private bidder

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 18 December 2013 Updated: 18/12 15:24

HOPES a community group could take on the former Youth House have been dashed after it was confirmed a private bidder had bought the site.

The Ipsley Street building has been empty for almost a year and had been open for bids from organisations, with Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise (RYCE) and Oasis Christian Centre both attempting to purchase the site.

But their latest bids have now been turned down after six bids were made on the open market and the highest, from a private company, was accepted today (Wednesday) by Worcestershire County Council, which shut the Youth House in December 2012 as part of a £1.4 million cut to youth services.

Margaret Groves from RYCE said they were 'incredible disappointed' about the decision which meant they would have to look elsewhere to provide a space for young people and other groups to meet.

"The council has once again put money before the community. We will have to move on from here and decide which way we are going to go as a group."

Coun John Campion, responsible for transformation and commissioning at the county council, said: "As much as we would have liked to proceed with one of the bids from the two local community groups, neither group was able to match the market value.

"Their offers were some 15 per cent and 33 per cent short of the best offer received on the open market.

"The decision has therefore been reached that the county council will proceed with the disposal of the building to the highest bidder."

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