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The Public's fixtures and fittings go on sale

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Fixtures, fittings and equipment from The Public have gone up for sale as the arts centre prepares to close.

The £72 million West Bromwich venue is inviting people to submit bids for cameras, laptops, computers, cabinets, and Christmas decorations.

The centre will close on November 16 after Sandwell Council pulled funding from the Sandwell Arts Trust, which runs the centre. It will reopen as a sixth form college next year in a deal with Sandwell College.

Ahead of the closure, Sandwell Arts Trust is now looking to offload some of its equipment.

Items up for grabs in the sale include two iPads, two Macbook Pros, five Flip HD video cameras and an internet radio. There are also two safes, a drill, a cash register, temporary walls and fittings, Christmas tree lights and even a large collection of soft toys and puppets available to buy.

A spokesman at The Public said: "As a result of ceasing to operate The Public, Sandwell Arts Trust now has a very small number of items for sale.

"These will be sold via a sealed bid process with all monies recovered going back to Sandwell Council."

Items are for sale by sealed bids, which should be sent by email or post to Linda Saunders at The Public. To view any of the items available for sale email linda_saunders@sandwell.gov.uk

Bids will be opened on Monday, November 11, and successful bidders must pay for and collect items during the week beginning November 18.

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Last week, Sandwell council's cabinet gave their approval for a deal between the authority and the college, the details of which are still being thrashed out.

The current programme of events will end with a planned Celebration Week, which will include live music, song and dance.

The building's temporary closure will allow conversion work on all floors in time for a sixth form centre to open in September 2014.

Sandwell Council leader, Councillor Darren Cooper, has said the transformation of The Public would save taxpayers £37 million over the course of the building's proposed lease, instead of the council maintaining its current annual subsidy of nearly £1.6m.

Businesses and community groups which are currently based at the building are being given help by the council to find new homes.

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