Community acts to save Nello James

 A meeting to discuss the impending sale of the Nello James Centre took place on Thursday 5 March.

Over 100 members of the community turned up to hear and contribute ideas about the state of the centre, often referred to as ‘136 Withington Road’.

Community campaigner Colette Williams chaired the meeting, giving each member of the panel a chance to have their say and answer questions from the crowd.

There was a wide representation of members of the community who all had a lot to say. This included Ayo, the organiser of the ‘What’s happening to the Nello James Centre on Withington Road?’ Facebook page.

The two remaining trustees of the Walton Cottage Trust were invited to attend but didn’t turn up and neither did any councillors or any other representatives.

On her Facebook page, Ayo wrote of the night, “A statement by the trustees, in my opinion, was both arrogant and patronising. Confirming the way in which this ‘illegal sale’ had been entered into, some of these questions included why a sale was made with just two trustees.

“The saving grace has been that the buildings are on conservation land which further serves to convolute the sale of purchase. One community member confirmed that bluebells are a protected species of plant, however, similar conditions had been put forward in relation to Alex park and ancient trees were still axed.”

Further suggestions on the night included raising £70 to confirm an injunction against the trustees which would give the community six months to make an alternative plan for the property.

A protest outside Nello James took place on Friday following sale agent Dunlop Heywood closing buying offers.

TNT will keep you updated with any further developments.

TNT News Siobhan White

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