Warwickshire County Council has moved to ease concerns that the recent acquisition of Powell House will affect the operation of the social care provider Individual Support Solutions (ISS).
ISS currently delivers adult services in Nuneaton out of Powell House which, until recently, they leased from a private landlord.
Warwickshire County Council recently acquired Powell House from the private landlord in connection with the Transforming Nuneaton programme, with a view to the demolition of this ageing building so that the land could form part of the regeneration of the town centre.
This has led to concern among some of ISS’ customers and carers that the operation of ISS would be affected. However, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, spoke about the acquisition and what it would mean for the existing tenants. She said:
“The acquisition of Powell House has always been part of a longer term programme of work that will give Nuneaton a vibrant town centre, generate jobs and stimulate the local economy.
“But that programme of work is being carried out sensitively and with due diligence. The lease that ISS has does not expire for a further 12 months and there will be no interruption to their operation from Powell House in the meantime.
“I can also confirm that any other work in the area, around the Transforming Nuneaton programme, will not have any noticeable impact on traffic or noise in the area so ISS will be able to continue their important services without hindrance.”
Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, also provided reassurance, saying: “Obviously there are going to be concerns about what will happen to the existing tenants of buildings that are being acquired as part of the Transforming Nuneaton programme.
“In all cases, leases are being honoured and staff from the borough and the county council are working together with the affected businesses to find suitable alternative premises.”