No sale

The Angus Council offices at 5-7 The Cross.
The Angus Council offices at 5-7 The Cross.

The controversial sale of Angus Council’s offices to well-known pub chain JD Wetherspoon will not go ahead.

The company this week confirmed it would not be pursuing the deal. Wetherspoon was poised to sign on the dotted line after councillors took the decision in March to sell the buildings at 5-7 The Cross to the company which intended to create a town centre ‘superpub’.

The council had been criticised for its handling of the sale, which was agreed at a private meeting last August during which councillors agreed to accept the hospitality company’s offer of £400,000.

The ensuing row and an alternative offer of £450,000 from local businessman Ken Parke prompted the local authority to put the building on the open market. A lack of formal offers by the closing date prompted Wetherspoon to come back with an alternative bid of £350,000 which was accepted during another private meeting in March.

Despite rumours, JD Wetherspoon also confirmed it has no current interest in buying The Queen’s Hotel on the High Street.