Tandridge Tories abandon damaging sell-offs in face of public outcry
In order to help address the substantial budget shortfall caused by ongoing Government cuts to local government, the Tandridge Tory administration had decided to initiate a programme of selling council property to raise £2milion a year, which would be invested to generate income. However at a meeting of the Resources Committee on 7 February this programme was withdrawn mainly due to opposition to the sale of many of the sites proposed, which included parks, car parks and allotments.
Councillor Simon Morrow observed: “the LibDem group told the Tories at the outset that this scheme was neither realistic nor desirable; and that the Council should be looking after these important community assets not trying to sell them. I am very pleased that the idea has now been abandoned”.
The Council has now decided to pursue a major programme of property investment in an attempt to generate substantial extra income, and it remains to be seen whether this will be successful