A FORMER bus depot is to be sold by a council to its tenant so it can invest in improving its condition.
Speed Drop Logistics Limited is to buy the property in Manner Sutton Street, Blackburn, with a small additional area of land.
The sale of the former Transdev/Lancashire United bus depot has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s finance boss Cllr Vicky McGurk.
A report to her by officers said: “This is an old, late Victorian commercial building about a quarter of a mile south-east of the town centre, formerly used as a bus depot.
“The building is on a roughly rectangular shaped plot of land in a largely commercial area fronting the main road, Eanam.
“Formerly used by a bus operating company, the building is old and ageing, with brick walls and a multi-pitched asbestos profile-sheet covered roof.
“Demolition of the buildings is understood to have been considered by the council in the past.
“This property has proved a difficult asset to manage in recent years, although it is in an established location near the town centre.
“This building has been effectively empty for years prior to the current 15-year-lease being agreed in 2018
“The offerer has advised the council he wishes to further invest to improve the condition of the building and expand the logistics business.
“The lessee has advised this investment is not worthwhile under the current lease.
“The investment to improve the condition of the building and expand the logistics business would satisfy the council’s established objectives of business growth and continuing to make improvements to formerly vacant properties in the borough.”
Previous attempts in 2014/2015 to use the building as a charity recycling centre came to nothing.