Climate Emergency Centre
We're a group of 30 people in Preston, Lancashire who'd like to set up a Climate Emergency Centre in our city. There are many disused, empty department stores (Debenhams, BHS) A previous HMV store now houses a homeless charity (that sells second-hand furniture), as they knew the landlord. As far as I understand, an empty building must pay business rates, so this charity must pay their buisness rates, at a cost of possibly moving out as soon as the landlord (if ever!) decides to sell it.
I am wondering, to develop a Climate Emergency Centre in one of these types of buildings:
how to find out who owns our city's buildings
how to negotiate with landlords
if there a massive grants/funding available to repurpose the building...
Any thoughts from people who have already done this in their towns/cities, will be great!
Jen, Climate Action Preston :)