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But dedicated youth worker Peter Curtis – the driving force behind the bid – was told the organisation could not take on the hall’s lease as it was being put up for sale as part of cost-cutting measures.
However, days later, he received an email from a council officer complaining of a “lack of venues for delivering youth provision” and asking for suggestions.
“The council’s decision to auction off community assets to the highest bidder just further demonstrates why they can’t be trusted to look after the bank account.
“For a council to make such a song and dance about avoiding redundancies, then hold a car boot sale of the people of Sunderland’s resources is an insult to our intelligence