Cumbria

Mansion House in Penrith could be sold by Eden council

A landmark building in a Cumbrian town could be sold, as a council bids to tackle a deficit of more than £1m.

Eden District Council operates from offices in the Town Hall, Mansion House and Corney Square, Penrith.

A feasibility study will now be carried out to see if its offices could all be based on one site.

It will establish if Mansion House, which was previously valued at £1.8m, could be sold and the money used to develop its other offices.

'Emotional attachment'

The council believes cutting its sites would also improve efficiency and cut energy bills.

Council leader Gordon Nicolson said: "Mansion House is a landmark building in Penrith and many people will have an emotional attachment to it.

"The building is listed and this will afford protection for the retention of the appearance of the building."

The council will now get an up-to-date valuation of Mansion House.

The findings are due to be presented by the end of the year.

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