John Deacon, of Poulton Neigh-bourhood Management, said the council had wanted to buy the ballroom for some time because it was seen as being "relatively derelict" and "past its sell-by date".
Its demolition is seen as the last piece in regenerating the Green Street area of Morecambe.PriceBut the sticking point had been price."The local authority made an offer but unfortunately it wasn't high enough to tempt the owner," he
explained."The reason for that is the local authority can only make an offer which is compatible with the end use. "There's little value in car parks and play areas so with the rules being what they are you can put in only a modest offer in."If it (the planning application] is granted then it will allow us to make a more realistic offer."If the improved offer is still not acceptable, however, the building is likely to remain, as the city council has said it is unlikely to useits powers of compulsory purchase.Mr Deacon
added that if the building were to be demolished he
would give as much help as he
could to keep the business going."We've spoken to some existing facilities and at least two have said yes (to accommodating the business]," he