Hotel plan for Eastpoint Centre?

Hotel plan for Eastpoint Centre?

Hotel plan for Eastpoint Centre?

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

PLANS to take on Southampton’s threatened Eastpoint Centre are already being drawn up, the Daily Echo can reveal.

It is believed a bid for the site may contain plans to build a hotel, with the existing centre becoming part of a larger complex.

That comes as civic bosses in the city pledged to do all they can to ensure the facility remains part of the community.

As reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, bosses at the flagship £10.5m community hub in Thornhill are filing to enter administration.

The Eastpoint Centre’s most recent annual report revealed its ongoing financial woes, with spending of £1.1m in 2011-12 far outstripping its income of £684,313.

Baker Tilly is set to be appointed as the administrator within the next week, and the firm has stressed that the centre will continue to run as normal while its future is ironed out.

The administrator will welcome bids for the site, and it is understood that an unnamed company may want to build a hotel on land next to the centre, taking on the conference facilities at the same time.

And other proposals are expected to emerge over the coming months once Baker Tilly is formally appointed.

Thornhill Labour councillor Mary Lloyd, a trustee on the board at the Eastpoint Centre, said: “There has already been one expression of interest.

“It’s a wonderful building, and there’s great hope and quite a strong possibility that another use will be found and we just have to wait now.

“It was recognised that hotel accommodation would be needed, and that was one of the problems with the conference facilities at the Eastpoint Centre.

“There is interest, and I hope the administrators will very publicly market the site.”

Civic bosses hope that whatever the future holds for the site, the centre will remain available for use by the community in Thornhill.

Thornhill councillor and city council leader Simon Letts said: “Southampton City Council believes Eastpoint Centre to be a valuable resource that benefits the community of Thornhill, the city, and the wider region.

“Looking ahead the facility will not be completely lost to the city – the land remains under the ownership of a Thornhill-based charity [Plus You Limited] and once a new operator of the building is confirmed the council will be keen to develop a new partnership.”

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11:12am Thu 16 Jan 14

debzy82 says...

Why not a community centre? Something that can be used by local residents, put on courses for local people, clubs for kids.
Thornhill is always being put down, the residents all tarred with the same brush. How about a facility that can help us (those who want to) better ourselves?
Give kids things like after school or weekend clubs, football, music, things that allow them to actually be kids!
Why not a community centre? Something that can be used by local residents, put on courses for local people, clubs for kids. Thornhill is always being put down, the residents all tarred with the same brush. How about a facility that can help us (those who want to) better ourselves? Give kids things like after school or weekend clubs, football, music, things that allow them to actually be kids! debzy82
  • Score: 17

11:19am Thu 16 Jan 14

Ronnie G says...

It's the next Biomass site...
It's the next Biomass site... Ronnie G
  • Score: -4

11:40am Thu 16 Jan 14

Scats says...

I have to agree with you debzy82. What about a sports facility I think they have already have a gym not sure, all they need to do is employ a few people who can teach the kids football. Why don't they bulid a proper football pitch too the land is big enough that's what the community want not a confrence centre or a hotel what a stupid idea, we as residents have trouble parking at the moment where are they going to stick all the cars if it's going to be a hotel? I don't think they have thought this through very well !
I have to agree with you debzy82. What about a sports facility I think they have already have a gym not sure, all they need to do is employ a few people who can teach the kids football. Why don't they bulid a proper football pitch too the land is big enough that's what the community want not a confrence centre or a hotel what a stupid idea, we as residents have trouble parking at the moment where are they going to stick all the cars if it's going to be a hotel? I don't think they have thought this through very well ! Scats
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

Why would anyone want to stay in a hotel in Thornhill?
Why would anyone want to stay in a hotel in Thornhill? __KTF__
  • Score: 17

12:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Graeme Harrison says...

All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?"
All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?" Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 4

2:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?"
They haven't
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?"[/p][/quote]They haven't Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

stay local says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?"
Good question as it is not sustainable. If it was then it would have been done.If people had wanted it they would have actively started raising funds and promoting interest. They could have sponsored their own Winter rink in the city , but they are aware that even when this was carried out by a proficient company it made a huge loss.
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: All together now, "Why do they build an ice-rink?"[/p][/quote]Good question as it is not sustainable. If it was then it would have been done.If people had wanted it they would have actively started raising funds and promoting interest. They could have sponsored their own Winter rink in the city , but they are aware that even when this was carried out by a proficient company it made a huge loss. stay local
  • Score: 2

3:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Poppy22 says...

We don't need any more hotels in the area - there are already plenty within a short drive of the Eastpoint Centre. What we - according to our Council planners! - need is affordable housing and the location is ideal for more affordable housing so that should be the priority. (Or community facilities for the existing affordable housing communites located close to the Centre).
We don't need any more hotels in the area - there are already plenty within a short drive of the Eastpoint Centre. What we - according to our Council planners! - need is affordable housing and the location is ideal for more affordable housing so that should be the priority. (Or community facilities for the existing affordable housing communites located close to the Centre). Poppy22
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

loosehead says...

so on the previous article on this locals were saying it wasn't open to the local community so Labour listen( never do) & come up with a hotel? so yes the locals can use it by paying to stay the night sounds like a local community facility doesn't it?
so on the previous article on this locals were saying it wasn't open to the local community so Labour listen( never do) & come up with a hotel? so yes the locals can use it by paying to stay the night sounds like a local community facility doesn't it? loosehead
  • Score: -1

7:46am Fri 17 Jan 14

nanny saint says...

Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!!
Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!! nanny saint
  • Score: 0

8:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

loosehead says...

nanny saint wrote:
Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!!
so what do you think of the Labour councils attitude towards the people of Thornhill?
doesn't look as if they give a monkeys to what you t5he locals want does it?
[quote][p][bold]nanny saint[/bold] wrote: Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!![/p][/quote]so what do you think of the Labour councils attitude towards the people of Thornhill? doesn't look as if they give a monkeys to what you t5he locals want does it? loosehead
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

nanny saint says...

loosehead wrote:
nanny saint wrote: Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!!
so what do you think of the Labour councils attitude towards the people of Thornhill? doesn't look as if they give a monkeys to what you t5he locals want does it?
they dont care....money talks!..but from what I've heard today this will not happen! ;) I live in hope :-/
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nanny saint[/bold] wrote: Crazy idea!!!! Thornhill people....we need to stand up and be heard....it was meant for us so let's reclaim it!!![/p][/quote]so what do you think of the Labour councils attitude towards the people of Thornhill? doesn't look as if they give a monkeys to what you t5he locals want does it?[/p][/quote]they dont care....money talks!..but from what I've heard today this will not happen! ;) I live in hope :-/ nanny saint
  • Score: -1

10:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bgstaff says...

How about paul bennett grows some balls and explains what the hell he has been earning a wage for
How about paul bennett grows some balls and explains what the hell he has been earning a wage for bgstaff
  • Score: 0

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