Dismay as Community Land Trust told its bid has failed
But Co-op says 'no decision has been made' on site future
Following a £2.2m bid from a community-led consortium to buy the Co-op Funeralcare site in Chorlton, the Chorlton Community Land Trust told its members on Friday 10 January that its bid has been unsuccessful. A meeting is planned for 30 January to decide what to do next.
A Co-op spokesman told the BBC "we have not yet reached a final decision in relation to the site and we are continuing to look at options which ensure the heritage of the site and its ultimate end use, benefit the local community."
He added: "We have not entered into any contract with a preferred bidder and discussions around the future of the site are ongoing."
The Community Land Trust put in a bid jointly with a sympathetic developer to create a shared community space, market hall, health centre and tribute to the Bee Gees. Chorlton and District Coops members strongly backed the CLT bid.
The community-led bid was up against a developer who plans to demolish the site and build retirement flats.
Two meetings coming up soon will discuss what to do next in the campaign to save the Picture House: