The founder of Garstang’s Fig Tree Fair Trade Centre claims that its offer to explore buying its Community and Business Centre premises has fallen on stony ground.
Bruce Crowther says time is now running out to secure the Centre’s future in the town.
Despite having recently had an offer from Wyre Council to temporarily extend The Fig Tree’s lease he says assurances about the Centre’s long term future in the town are needed or they must look elsewhere for a home.
The Fig Tree Board has now given its unanimous go-ahead to explore the following options which include seeking premises outside the town.
It says it will:
• Continue to be open to discussion to buy or obtain a firm agreement to purchase the two rooms that currently house The Fig Tree before the end of lease in November 2014.
•Secure a long term sustainable future in other premises in or outside Garstang by November 2014.
• Stay in its present location after November, but only if the rental payments can be considerably reduced or waived while the Town Council and Wyre Borough Council negotiate the future of the building.
In the latest newsletter to Fig Tree supporters Bruce writes:
He continued: “Wyre Borough Council has offered an extension of the present lease that was set to terminate in November, but with so many unknowns this will not provide the long term security that The Fig Tree needs. The Fig Tree Board’s reluctance to leave its present location and determination to stay in Garstang is its aspiration, but it is the long term sustainability of the FIG Tree as an international beacon for Fair Trade that must remain paramount.”
But Coun Chris Ryan Garstang mayor and a member of the working party said: “We’re working hard to keep The Fig Tree in that building. They are at the forefront of plans for the future of the building.”