THE sale of a former council-owned building and car park in Blaenavon could help address issues of vandalism and help a business to grow.

Previously occupied by the Shared Resource Service (SRS) on the Gilchrist Thomas industrial estate, Ty Cyd 3 has been empty for two years.

The data hub, a collaboration between Gwent Police and the local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Torfaen, is currently located in nearby buildings - Ty Cyd 1 and Ty Cyd 2.

Cllr Veronica Crick, the executive member for performance improvement and corporate governance, told members that despite interest, the first firm bid was received in January.

“Known as Ty Cyd, the third building was vacated in April 2016,” said the ward member for Croesyceiliog South.

“Several firms have shown an interest since then but not proceeded much beyond the inquiry stage. Consequently, the council has had to pay business rates for the vacant premises.

“However, earlier this year a company which has purchased and occupies six of the Gilchrist Thomas estate buildings approached the council with a view to acquiring Ty Cyd to support its business expansion.”

The offer made to the council for the building is £400,000 – which matches the market value- and would also include half of the Ty Cyd 3 car park.

“It’s a very sensible way of dealing with what could become an awkward problem,” said Cllr Crick.

“Speaking to the councillor for Blaenavon, it’s clearly an area where there are possibilities of vandalism, of other things happening in the area which could cause difficulties.

“It’s also going to be a way of providing a further 12 jobs for the area, which is good news.”

Cllr Alan Jones said: “I think it’s a real positive move for that building to be sold,” said the Blaenavon ward member and executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture

“We’ve had lots of vandalism in Blaenavon in recent weeks and months.”

Cllr Anthony Hunt, the leader of Torfaen council, said it could help to tackle the issue of vandalism in Blaenavon, while helping the council and a business with a vacant costly premises.

“It seems like a win-win for my point of view,” said the Panteg councillor.