Under Standing order 1.20(2), Cllr Furness raised a question to Mr Hamid as Chair of Audit, Resources and Performance Committee (ARP).
“In view of the public controversy caused by the current advertisement of sale of minor properties, do you agree with me that an urgent review of minor properties disposals policy is now necessary?”.
Mr Hamid, Chair of Audit, Resources and Performance responded:-
“We have seven minor properties for sale and the tender submissions closed on the 17th May. This is the last tranche of minor property disposals approved by ARP in 2017. We have had 21 submissions from a mix of Parish Councils, local charity, private owners and companies, and each disposal as at least 2 bids. A cross departmental working group of officers is currently scoring the tender submissions, and these will go to Resource Management Meeting for a decision on the 17 June. As a learning organisation, and Chair of ARP, I do think that your point is valid and that it is about time that the Policy is reviewed”