Back to square one for Tricorn House in Stroud
THE future of eyesore Tricorn House is again uncertain after the company with permission to convert it into a care home withdrew from the scheme.
Cheltenham-based Summerfield Medical revealed it was no longer going ahead with the care home project - days after a prankster posted Tricorn for sale on e-Bay for 99p.
Managing director Keith Coghill said his company had “walked away” from Tricorn.
“We were going to lease it,” he said. “We are very disappointed about it. We have put a lot of work into it, a lot of time, effort and expenditure.”
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A spokesman for Stroud District Council – which at one time tried to compulsorily purchase the derelict building – said since the site still had planning consent for the care home, it was possible someone else might wish to take up the scheme.
“However it does essentially look like we’re back to square one,” he said.
“We are disappointed for the both the local and wider communities who would like to see this eyesore removed.
“We would like to see the landowners do something proactive to deal with the problem properly and will look at options to see what we can do to move things forward,” he said.
Tricorn House, that overlooks the Cainscross roundabout, was built in the 1970s as a DHSS office.
It is thought Guernsey- based Millville Ltd own Tricorn House, which has been empty for almost 20 years.
Paganhill Mark Leigh briefly posted abandoned Tricorn House as available for sale on eBaywith a previous “uncaring” owner.
The spoof had 48 people watching it, but no bids.
Mr Leigh, a DJ on Stroud FM and a former IT lecturer, said: “I think everybody is fed up with seeing it.”