WEST NORFOLK: ‘Short-term’ fix challenge
Leaders of West Norfolk Council were asked if land sales were a “short-term” budget fix.
West Winch member Paul Foster challenged cabinet members over the “benefits” to the taxpayer in selling off assets.
Mr Foster spoke out during a debate on changes to the capital programme during a meeting on Tuesday.
This is a list of future projects planned by the council but some schemes have had to be re-phased into later financial years due to economic climate.
Cabinet members agreed to recommend the programme changes to the full council.
Mr Foster said: “Can you tell me the long term financial benefits for selling land to the taxpayer or is land being sold as a short term fix?”
Leader of the council, Nick Daubney said that authority owns land for various reasons such as influencing what happens in the town centre and to develop certain areas.
Regeneration portfolioholder Alistair Beales said: “Asset sales are for the capital programme and having nothing to do with the revenue budget.”
David Collis also asked about an earlier plan to improve Lynn’s Fisher Fleet but this has stalled due to lack of grant funding.
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