The future of a key building in the centre of North Walsham, which attracted expressions of interest from pub chain JD Wetherspoon and is owned by North Norfolk District Council, will be reviewed and all possible future options identified.
The former town council offices on New Road have been the subject of interest from the company since 2014, but no final contract has ever been signed, despite North Norfolk District Council’s best efforts.
The new cabinet at North Norfolk District Council, chosen at a full council meeting on May 15 following the local elections on May 2d, has decided to look again at what the building could be used for.
Virginia Gay, cabinet member for culture and wellbeing, and ward member for North Walsham Market Cross, said: “This is an important building at the entrance to our attractive market. It’s an absolutely crucial asset for North Norfolk.
“We want the best result for our town, which has great potential to become a significant destination, and its people. But we have an obligation to protect the interests of all North Norfolk’s council taxpayers and ensure that they receive best value for their money.
“The Wetherspoon question has hung over us for far too long and that hasn’t been fair on anyone.
“We are concerned for the future of this building and we will look at all possible options to make sure that it no longer stands empty and unused.
“North Walsham is an increasingly vibrant community, a great place to live, work and study, and this building needs to play an important part into the future.”
An options appraisal for the building will be brought to a future meeting of the cabinet.