Leek Town Council to put Grade II Bank House on the market

LEEK Town Council is to sell its Grade II listed property Bank House in St Edward Street.

The building has been a voluntary services centre for over 40 years and current leaseholders Support Staffordshire have decided that the building no longer serves its needs.

The county's biggest independent voice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations is looking for a smaller office in Leek to support its work in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

LASAR Radio has had its studio on the second floor of Bank House since its launch in 2017.

The community radio station will now also be vacating the property and will be moving into new premises before the end of the year.

Local Support Staffordshire manager Jill Norman, said: “Bank House has served the local voluntary and community sector well for more than 40 years.

"It was home for a thriving day care centre for the elderly and for the Leek Citizen’s Advice Bureau for many years, as well as housing our own organisation, under different names, over the years, and lots of other charitable projects and organisations.

"But it was always a basic conversion from an old bank with the bank manager’s accommodation above it, and had limitations in terms of access which have not been entirely overcome.

"It was built in 1885 and has proved challenging to maintain with repair costs tough for a charity like ourselves to meet.

"As the current lease with Leek Town Council reaches the end of its term, we have decided to look for somewhere smaller and more accessible.”

"Support Staffordshire will be working with the other current building occupiers to offer help for them to find alternative accommodation in Leek too.

Leek town mayor Stephen Wales commented: “Bank House has served Support Staffordshire and the voluntary sector over many decades.

"Leek Town Council’s support will no doubt continue to help bring effective services to the town.

"The building is listed and has many potential uses. We will explore these options in the months ahead. It is a landmark building and deserves to be utilised and protected.”

LASAR Radio media director Gary Shenton said: "We would like to thank Support Staffordshire for their support and providing us with such excellent accommodation.

"Without their backing and encouragement we would not have become the successful community radio station we are today.

"We are now looking forward to moving into new accommodation before the year's end and in the meantime will continue broadcasting online as normal to our ever-increasing number of listeners."

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