South Holland welcomes sales of empty buildings in Spalding and Donington
Sales of two of the area’s long-term empty buildings have been welcomed.
The Red Cow Hotel in Donington was sold for £289,000 during an online auction last week.
While the former sorting office in The Crescent, Spalding is listed as ‘sold subject to contract’ on the R. Longstaff & Co. website.
South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter is hopeful that the new owners will be local and willing to transform the two sites.
He said: “My hope for these two buildings is that they have been bought by people who love the area and want to develop those sites.
“The council would offer moral support to the new owners and if there is anything we can do then we would have those conversations to speed things up to bring them back into use.
“If they say something is a barrier then if they can show me what it is then we will look at see if that barrier can be removed.”
News that the sorting office has been sold subject to contract has been welcomed by Spalding trader Darren Sutton.
Mr Sutton, who owns Bookmark which is also in the Crescent, said: “It will be interesting to see what it will be turned into.
“Anything that will be done to it must be an improvement to what it is now.
“It will improve the look of the Crescent.”
Another trader in the Crescent, Emma Peake has welcomed the news.
She said: "I hope that it would be a green space or something like that.
"It would look more inviting in The Crescent, especially as the new one-way system is bringing people up that way."
The Red CowHotel, which has planning permission for 18 homes, was sold on Thursday during the Allsop online auction.
It had a guide price of £240,000 but realised £289,000.
Henry Bingham, who is a Donington councillor on South Holland District Council, has welcomed the sale.
He said: “It has been an eyesore for years and hopefully the new owners will make good on what many haven’t.
“The building is a health hazard and lets down what is a lovely village.”