Stayton puts Pioneer House up for sale

Issue 363

DEWSBURYS gutted Pioneer House has been put up for sale after developers Stayton rejected an offer of NOTHING from Kirklees Council.

A Stayton spokesman slammed the council for failing to support the development over the last two years.

He said the last straw was when the council offered to buy the building for nothing.

The Stayton Group has instructed agents Carter Jonas to sell the building or find a longterm tenancy partner after accusing the council of pulling out of a deal to rent flats in the new development.

The spokesman claimed Stayton had spent £100,000s in Dewsbury while the council sat on a promised £20 million cash pile earmarked for town centre regeneration.

He added: Three years down the line the council has reneged on every single promise.

The planning took two years to complete for no obvious reason, the promised offer of renting flats in the building was withdrawn and not a single penny has been spent on Dewsbury town centre other than a lavish firework display costing half a million pounds.

Stayton claim the council served a repairs notice on them which simply asked them to board up the windows.

The council offered to do the work for £190,000.

The final straw, however, and the one which raises serious questions in our view about the councils intentions all along, came this week when then finally made an offer to buy the building for NOTHING.

Apparently their valuers saw no worth in the building at all given the state of the town centre and the minimal chances of attracting new tenants to the area.

Was this their intention all along to simply run down the centre of town, delay and renege on promises, so that they could get hold of the building for nothing?

The spokesman said Stayton would comply with the repairs notice for Pioneer House and continue work on other town centre properties including the former Essoldo cinema and another building in Westgate.

The spokesman added: It is clear that Kirklees Council do not want to work with Stayton anymore. They have their wish.

It is just shame that Dewsburys pride and joy has once again fallen foul of a council that simply does not work.

In our opinion the people and buildings of the town deserve better.

The council has previously said it would seek a compulsory purchase order if Stayton did not agree to sell the building.

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