Council one step nearer to buying back The Mechanics' Institute

By Jamie Hill - 24 April 2020

CommunityHeritage

Swindon Borough Council has moved forward with its plans to restore The Mechanics' Institute and put it back into public hands.

Cabinet has given approval for officers to prepare the paperwork for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the Mechanics' Institute.
The landmark decision was made by councillors at last night’s virtual Cabinet meeting.
A strict condition of the CPO process, however, is that a third party must first be in place to take over the building ????
The council has been working closely with partners Historic England, the Mechanics' Institution Trust, Theatres Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund to secure the future of the building.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said: "I am delighted that my Cabinet colleagues agreed to take this important step in pursuit of the ultimate goal of regenerating the Mechanics’ Institute.
"Officers will now begin to make the necessary preparations.”

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