Council to dispose of surplus assets
Redcar & Cleveland Council is selling off surplus land and buildings in a bid to raise over £18m and reduce its running costs.
A former mortuary, reading room and a micro-cafe are among several properties offered for sale or lease as part of a five-year programme by the council to make £34m of savings.
Cllr Norman Pickthall, cabinet member for corporate resources, said: ‘In the present economic climate, it makes good sense for the council to operate its services from fewer buildings or share accommodation with its partners.
‘This on-going programme of disposing of assets will generate funds and reduce our running costs during times of unprecedented economic turbulence.’
There is also the opportunity for community groups to take on the lease or management of council properties, under a ‘community asset transfer’ policy.
Councils are sitting on billions of pounds worth of land and building assets for no real good reason. Most rest out for peppercorn and a lot of rented/leased buildings cost fortunes in maintenance. Authorities should be forced to sell.Dave , IT, NCC, Added: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:06 AM
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