Well, that’s what Teignmouth Town Council want to do with a large hotel which is about to come on the market. And Seaton Heights comes up for auction next week! There is previous experience: many of Weymouth’s hotels used to be council owned.
Or maybe it could be the first purchase for EDDC’s mooted housing company.
“Teignmouth town council are investigating the possibility of buying the Cliffden Hotel. The Cliffden is part of Vision Hotels, whose profits go towards supporting blind and partially sighted people across England, and employs dozens of people.
It is run by national charity Action for Blind People, profits raised go to supporting visually impaired people across England. But last year the charity confirmed it would stop running the three Vision Hotels, including the Cliffden.”
Or imagine the site for a Community Land Trust.