What are the options open to ACE?

Having had its rescue package for the Corn Exchange turned down, ACE has now been told that the sale of the building will go ahead. So what are the options now for the campaign group? * Do nothing – Consult with the town council on new facility. Pros: G

Having had its rescue package for the Corn Exchange turned down, ACE has now been told that the sale of the building will go ahead.

So what are the options now for the campaign group?

* Do nothing - Consult with the town council on new facility.

Pros: Group has a say in the future of community facilities in St Ives.


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Cons: Admits defeat after months of hard work, group has no say in who the building is sold to or its future use.

* Town poll - Demand the town council commission a poll of the townspeople.

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Pros: Relatively easy to organise, re-emphasise support in town for Corn Exchange, put pressure on the council.

Cons: Result would not be binding, poll may be costly to arrange.

* Judicial review - If ACE is unhappy with the way St Ives Town Council handled the decision to sell the Corn Exchange, it could seek a judicial review.

Pros: Legally binding, detailed examination of the process.

Cons: Costly and time-consuming, no guarantee of any change in outcome.

* Buy the building - Put in a bid for the Corn Exchange.

Pros: Building back into community hands, no longer under town council control.

Cons: Cost of purchase and renovation likely to exceed £2million, need for part-time volunteers to complete full-time work.

* Stand for council - Should the matter drag on into 2008, St Ives Town Council elections are due in May.

Pros: Direct involvement for any elected members, chance of election likely to be good.

Cons: No guarantee saga will continue into 2008 or members will get elected, single issue politics not good for the town.

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