THE Storey in Lancaster will keep its current usage after councillors voted unanimously to support its creative future.
Despite council officers preferring to seek redevelopment of the building to complement future uses of Lancaster Castle, councillors decided at a meeting on Wednesday to support the requests of tenants of the Meeting House Lane building to maintain a viable creative industries centre.
The city council will now investigate exactly how the Storey will be run and paid for, after Storey Creative Industries Centre Ltd (SCIC), which managed the building, went into liquidation on August 15.
Coun Jon Barry said at the meeting: “It wasn’t run as well as it should have been.
“If we run it again maybe we can avoid some of the mistakes.”
One of the options available was to sell the building off, but Coun Abbott Bryning, a former board member of SCIC Ltd said: “If you decide to sell it off, you’ll have thousands of Lancastrians round your neck.”
Storey tenants said in a statement released before the meeting: “We would welcome a positive, productive, forward-thinking exploration of the many viable options for the future of the Storey that will generate numerous economic benefits for Lancaster’s wider economy.”