With auction looming tommorrow and the Sedgemoor Community Assets panel unable to meet to register the Magistrates court as a community asset, an 11th hour bid by the town and district Labour Groups to save the building for public use is being attempted.
On Friday following a successful public meeting demonstrating support for the building, Cllr Brian Smedley sent a letter to SDC Chief Exec Kerry Rickards calling for Sedgemoor to bid at auction. Rickards said there was interest but he needed ‘the political will to take it forward’.
At today’s SDC budget set meeting Labour leader Cllr Mick Lerry will submit an additional £200,000 growth bid while asking for Sedgemoor to use it to bid at auction to bring back the building to public ownership.
Cllr Lerry said “There is clearly public support for the retention of this building and I am asking Sedgemoor to put up the money and to seek partnership from such bodies as the town council, EDF and the community groups who expressed an interest. This is an investment for Bridgwater’s future.
The response letter from Kerry Rickards to Cllr Smedley is below