South Somerset District Council has confirmed its decision to acquire the Marks and Spencer building in Middle Street, Yeovil.
Councillor Ric Pallister, the leader of South Somerset District Council, spoke to Somerset Live: “This is the first major step for the Council in actively applying its new Commercial Strategy which is all about creating new income to protect services and enable us to continue to deliver on our ambitions for South Somerset.
"The alternative was to cut services that the public both need and want and that was never an option we were going to seriously consider without trying sensible but challenging alternatives.
"We believe that our residents would want us to take this approach in the face of massive cuts in funding from central government. While becoming more commercial, we remain focussed on our role of delivering for everyone in our communities and this will help us safeguard critical public services into the future.”