Council registers interest in old surgery
WINCANTON Town Council has voted in favour of registering an interest in a town centre building as a potential community asset.
At its latest meeting held on Monday, the authority voted in favour of registering an interest in the former NHS surgery on Carrington Way.
Councillors also voted in favour of registering another interest in land adjacent to Wincanton Primary School to allow for the school's potential future expansion after district councillor Nick Colbert put the suggestion forward.
Community assets are land or buildings owned or managed by a community organisation.
The decision comes after the Cale Radio project put forward a suggestion last month of trying to acquire the former NHS building to be used as a "Wincanton Innovation Centre".
The group suggested the site could become home to the proposed radio station and a number of other small businesses.
The vacant property is currently on the market for £350,000.
Proposing the site as a community asset, councillor Colin Winder said that there was no harm in the council registering an interest in a property and it did not mean the council was obliged to buy it.
He added: "I don't want it sold for flats.
"I think an innovation centre is the way forward - getting small businesses in there would be ideal."
Councillor David Norris voiced some concern.
He said: "To raise the money we would have to come up with a very good business plan as to what we were going to do with it."