Cabinet set to decide fate of Durban House

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A REPORT containing advice and recommendations as to whether Durban House in Eastwood should close or not was handed to Broxtowe Borough Council’s cabinet at a recent meeting.

The council’s overview and scrutiny committee were tasked with researching the pros and cons to closing the centre down and investigating other options as to what could be done with it.

Normally the committee would hand over a recommendation in the report as to what the outcome should be, but members felt in this case it was only right they offer four detailed options for the cabinet make the final decision.

The report has now been passed to cabinet members Cllr Radulovic and Cllr David Watts to decide the fate of the centre. Cllr Radulovic is portfolio holder for culture and Cllr Watts is the leader of the council.

Cllr Radulovic, who lives in Eastwood himself, said the subject had become ‘the most reviewed and scrutinised topic in the council’s history’.

He said: “Whether it’s social or economical, we will give it careful consideration.

“We will look at it very carefully.

“Obviously for Eastwood it’s very important and no decision will be made lightly.

“We will try to put forward a long-term solution to the problem.”

The scrutiny committee ranked their four options looking at what would be best financially, and what would be best socially.

At the top of the list for what would be best financially, was to close the centre. But the committee pointed out that the best social option would be to keep it open.

Cllr Radulovic and Cllr Watts will return the final decision in a cabinet meeting on January 25.

The four options were sell it, close it, rent it out and leave it as it is.