Essex County Council could sell off £40million land and assets in Billericay and Westcliff

Echo: Crays Hill Road, Billericay Crays Hill Road, Billericay

BOSSES at County Hall could sell off £40million of land and assets in a bid to save cash in the face of crippling Government cuts.

Essex County Council will be putting dozens of plots under the hammer in the next three years to save £235million by 2017.

Almost an acre of woodland off Crays Hill Road, Billericay, will be coming up at a London auction on Monday at a guide price of £5,000.

Land off Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff, which houses an electricity sub-station, is also being sold for £3,000, as well as two sites in Clacton and Tendring.

Council leader David Finch said: “We are working to a programme which anticipates reviewing £40million of land and property over April 2013 to March 2016.”

The authority is also working with Hadleigh Junior and Infant School to auction more than five acres of surplus land off Church Road and The Avenue, Hadleigh, which will go towards rebuilding the 100-year-old school. The three plots were put up for sale in November 2012, but a buyer has still not been found.

However, the council is refusing to clarify how many other sites it wants to dispose of and where they are, due to confidentiality issues.

Last year, four families on Canvey were left stunned after County Hall put their front gardens up for auction, which were sold toamystery buyer.

Concerns have been raised history could repeat itself.

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent Party county councillor for Canvey East, said: “I have no problem with the disposal of assets which the council now has no use for. But if it’s part of someone’s garden, then they should be offered it first.

“County Hall has masses of land and for all we know it could be school playing fields or people’s gardens it wants to dispose of.”

Kerry Smith, Ukip county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “In principle, this is a good idea. But the public should be knowwhere this land is.”

Mr Finch said: “When we look to sell land we go through a process, which includes contacting adjacent and adjoining owners where appropriate, and notifying the local county councillor of any forthcoming disposal, so they have an opportunity to comment on proposals.

The sites are generallymarketed through property agents, who put up boards.”

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12:31pm Thu 20 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Make for some nice little building plots
Make for some nice little building plots carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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12:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Shocking news ..
Shocking news .. InTheKnowOk
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12:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Leighdweller says...

Where can I bid?
Where can I bid? Leighdweller
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12:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Kerry Smith, Ukip county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “In principle, this is a good idea. But the public should be knowwhere this land is.”

Can we have that again in English please subs....
"Kerry Smith, Ukip county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “In principle, this is a good idea. But the public should be knowwhere this land is.” Can we have that again in English please subs.... Kim Gandy
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12:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I thinks the travelling folk might be interested...
I thinks the travelling folk might be interested... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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12:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

They will never sell off any in Billericay don't want upset the tory voters.....
They will never sell off any in Billericay don't want upset the tory voters..... Howard Cháse
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2:05pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I thinks the travelling folk might be interested...
Travelling folk are always interested in the land...they care for the land (earth).
Their 'footprint' in the land is alway held to the absolute minimal.

Traditional campsites that were used for centuries, and which are no long used, are invisible to all save those who know where they are..such is the extent of the coincidence between the people and the earth.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I thinks the travelling folk might be interested...[/p][/quote]Travelling folk are always interested in the land...they care for the land (earth). Their 'footprint' in the land is alway held to the absolute minimal. Traditional campsites that were used for centuries, and which are no long used, are invisible to all save those who know where they are..such is the extent of the coincidence between the people and the earth. ThisYear
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2:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

'"Kerry Smith, Ukip county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “In principle, this is a good idea. But the public should be knowwhere this land is.”

Can we have that again in English please subs....'

But it's UKIP speak - that is as good as they can do...
'"Kerry Smith, Ukip county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “In principle, this is a good idea. But the public should be knowwhere this land is.” Can we have that again in English please subs....' But it's UKIP speak - that is as good as they can do... Jack222
  • Score: 1

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