Wylam Parish Council has taken the decision to sell the former Post Office premises in the Village located at 3-4 Laburnum Terrace.

 

The property, which has been vacant since January 2019, was bought by the Council in 2012 with funding from the Reece Foundation. This generous donation secured Post Office facilities within the village. However, in 2016, as part of its national modernisation programme, the Post Office relocated to the Spar premises opposite and the original reason for the Parish Council keeping the building was lost. The premises continued to trade, providing a range of services to the village, before they became vacant earlier this year.

The Parish Council has obtained professional advice on how to utilise the building to gain maximum value for the village. A range of options for the future use of the building were considered including its retention by the Council for letting/community space, its refurbishment by the Council for subsequent disposal and finally disposal in its current condition. Having considered all information, particularly the estimated costs associated with each option and being mindful of the significant ongoing running costs attached to owning the building, the Council has agreed to put the property up for sale. It is hoped that this will see a building in the heart of the village being brought back to life. In the meantime arrangements are being made to improve its appearance by removing the ivy from the exterior walls, once all nesting birds have fledged!

Drawings are being prepared that will enable prospective buyers to see the development options available which include the potential for purchase and use by community groups, retailers, private owners and developers. The Council would particularly welcome bids that contribute to the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the area and its residents

The Council intends that the proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the local community and more information on this will be available in due course.

Contact: Marie Moore, Clerk to the Council 01661 852498