Something fishy about this transaction
PUBLISHED: 12:41 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 22:28 28 May 2010
I WAS horrified to read that Fenland District Council has received £19million for the sale of 4,000 council properties which equates to a mere £4,750 each. How does this compare with a private sale with sitting tenants? We must be nearer to Grimsby than I
I WAS horrified to read that Fenland District Council has received £19million for the sale of 4,000 council properties which equates to a mere £4,750 each.
How does this compare with a private sale with sitting tenants? We must be nearer to Grimsby than I thought because I can smell something fishy.
That figure must represent less than the value of the land the properties are sitting on.
If the council has sold these properties there will be no maintenance costs so I query the 3.9 per cent rise in council tax for the new financial year. Maybe with all this extra cash there should be a cut in, or a year free of council tax which would be of benefit to all council tax payers.
Perhaps some of the councillors who do not have the interests of Fenland at heart could be sacked.
How has it come about that some of the car parks are in such a sorry state if £357,000 has been spent on them? I haven't seen much maintenance spent on March car parks. No doubt the March status fair will be blamed - rather unfair as their equipment is on wooden blocks and they contribute a sizeable sum of money for the use of the car park.
The council is reported as having been prudent with its budget. Has it been able to recover the money owed to them from builders as reported earlier in the year?
A breakdown of the costing for the proposed bandstand would be a good idea as it seems very high. Wouldn't it be better on the Market Place. It would give better access for disabled and afford a less muddy site - for the enjoyment of all.
As for suggestions for how the council house windfall should be spent, may I suggest more police to patrol on foot or cycle, especially in the evening, Christmas lights in the town and a year free of council tax?
Maybe the council should appear on Jackanory as it likes to spin a good fairy story.
Editor's note: Provision of police patrols is not a Fenland District Council function.
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