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Emergency debate tonight 'to save Oldway'

A special meeting will be held tonight in response to proposals to sell off Oldway Mansion.

The Breeze understands councillors are unhappy the Mayor wants to start the process - without them first having a debate which was expected at next Thursday's full council meeting.

The historic building in Paignton is currently empty and costing Torbay Council £10,000-a-month in upkeep.

It comes as more than 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing the idea of it becoming a hotel - they want it to be opened to the public.

Aimee Lonton started the petition, click play to hear her speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

A Torbay Council spokesman said: "The Mayor's decision has been called in and scrutiny will be discussing the issue and an urgent item.
"We can confirm that Torbay Council has received a public petition, which will be presented to Council on Thursday 21 June. 

"At this meeting council are due to receive a report on the work of the Oldway mansion and Estate Working Party and consider the Working Party’s recommendations which require a council decision."

The agenda for tonight's meeting can be found here

Councillor David Thomas, the leader of the Conservatives on Torbay Council last night posted on social media: "We have called the Oldway decision in. 

"The sign-in papers were signed by members from all political parties.

"If you wish to hear the debate:- TORQUAY TOWN HALL - WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE - 17:30.

"OK I know that is short notice, but the Overview & Scrutiny meeting was already in the diary and we would like this to go to Council next Thursday.

"Lend your support to Torbay Councillors and join the meeting either tomorrow or next Thursday."

Torbay MP Kevin Foster says he backs plans for the building to remain open to the public

In addition to the controversy over its future video has emerged online appearing to show the spooky figure of a woman looking down on the boy and his bike.

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