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Buyer sought for Rossendale's hidden gem
NEW owners are now being sought to take over one of Rossendale's hidden gems.
Grade Two listed Stubbylee Hall is up for grabs after Rossendale Council said it needed to cut its spending by £1.5million per year.
The 19th Century hall, based in the heart of historic Stubbylee Park, has been used to home council departments over the years.
These have included ground maintenance, building control and also environmental health.
Stubbylee was given to the former Bacup Corporation in 1914 by the Maden family of mill owners whose crest is on the park gates.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “While the council are particularly interested in receiving proposals from organisations who are interested in undertaking the full use of Stubbylee Hall, we would also welcome any proposals from organisations who may only be interested in using limited elements of the hall.“ “Given its size, there may well be capacity within Stubbylee Hall to accommodate more than one organisation.” Coun Andy MacNae, cabinet member for regeneration, tourism and leisure, said: “I believe that Stubbylee Hall is fantastic asset for Bacup and Stacksteads, “And this is an opportunity for it to properly fulfil its potential.
“I am sure that we will get many exciting and innovative ideas for Stubbylee Hall’s future use.
“As a council, we will work hard to support interested parties, “And I really believe that we have the chance here to create something new and better that will benefit people throughout the Valley.
“As a council we are facing massive cuts.
“But this is another example of how we are trying to do more with less, and not giving up on our community assets."
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