Gateshead's old Town Hall is to be sold off in a bid to boost economic development in central Gateshead. Surrounding land and car parks will also be offered for sale.
The move has been supported by Gateshead Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition Councillor Jonathan Wallace who said:
"A building such as the old Gateshead Town Hall needs a new owner to develop it into a positive asset to the local economy. By 2020/21, the Council will receive no money from the government to support the costs of local services. We therefore need to help businesses to become established in Gateshead and to grow, not just for the jobs and wealth they create, but for the business rates they will pay to the council once they are denationalised.
“It’s important we use whatever assets we have got in a positive way to regenerate our area.”