Acomb Bowling Club under threat
10:52am 29th June 2011
(Updated 1:40pm 29th June 2011)
The announcement that the Labour Council intend to sell the Acomb Bowling Club and adjacent land on the open market next year is “a big blow to the Westfield area” according to a former Councillor who represented the Ward for nearly 40 years.
Steve Galloway said;
“The last Council had given an assurance to the Club that they would be able to use the greens for the foreseeable future. Now it seems that the future of the facility is once again at risk.
Originally the Council had intended to build a replacement for its Acomb Branch Office on the site. However revised plans indicated that the necessary accommodation – mainly interview rooms - could be built on the present library car park, with the existing club car park being shared with Council customers.
Some staff would move from the Acomb Office into the new Council HQ being constructed in Toft Green while customer facing officers would remain in Acomb.
Residents would benefit from having a “one stop shop” access to all Council services while the cost of the new building work would have been reduced to around £0.5M. This investment would have been recovered by savings when the existing £50,000 a year lease on the Carr Lane branch office expired next year.
It was expected that the area to the immediate rear of the library would have accommodated a couple of new homes while overgrown problem land to the immediate rear of Chancery Court would have been landscaped.
Now this plan is up in the air as the Labour Council pursue their policy of maximising asset sales.
The Council need to consult widely on issues like this before taking decisions”.
The Council is being asked on Thursday to agree to include an assumption in their forward capital programme that the site in question will be sold for a target sum of £356,000 next year.
The proposal follows criticism of he new Council Leader James Alexander who has agreed to sell the Union Terrace car park- for University expansion - for £2 million (around 50% of its market value) and the Kent Street coach park for under £1 million.
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