Decision on Eastwood’s Durban House is delayed

THE decision on the fate of Durban House in Eastwood has been delayed.

Councillors were supposed to return the verdict on the future of the building in a cabinet meeting last Tuesday, January 25 – but said they needed more time.

The centre in Mansfield Road is under threat of closure by Broxtowe Borough Council, which pays £160,000 a year on its running costs and needs to plug a £1.2m hole in its budget.

The council’s overview and scrutiny committee handed the council’s cabinet a full report, including all of the pros and cons to closing the centre and what other options there were, in a meeting earlier this month.

The report was handed to cabinet members Milan Radulovic and David Watts, also the leader of the council, who were due to announce the decision this week.

But they said they needed more time, and a council spokesperson said the pair were ‘hoping’ to come back with a decision at the next cabinet meeting on February 15.

The overview and scrutiny committee spent several months looking into the matter and gave the cabinet four options to consider – closing it and leaving it empty, selling it, using it for something else or leaving it how it is.