Angus Council has confirmed that it will be placing the offices at 5-7 The Cross for sale on the open market.
The decision was made at a closed doors meeting yesterday (Thursday) following an onslaught of public reaction to the news that JD Weatherspoon were to buy the town centre offices, despite the site not having been put up for sale publicly. This news will be welcomed by members of the public who had drawn parallels with the situation some years ago regarding the sale of the former St James’ site, now occupied by ASDA’s store.
On that occasion council officials had advised councillors to accept an offer of £700,000 from developers.
However, following protests, it was placed on the open market and sold for £1.8 million.
It comes after the Dispatch revealed last week that a prominent Forfar businessman, who has since been confirmed as Ken Parke of Parkgrove crematorium in Friockheim, whose holding company Chrstie P is the name behind the offer, had made a counter bid for the offices.
A council spokesperson said: “It was agreed at yesterday’s meeting of full council that Angus Council will place the property 5-7 The Cross in Forfar for sale on the open market.”