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SALFORD HERITAGE HOPE THROUGH NEW GOVERNMENT ACT
 

Star date: 17th December 2012

SALFORD PEOPLE CAN NOW NOMINATE `ASSETS OF COMMUNITY VALUE'

Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, will today rubber stamp a new government Act that will mean groups in Salford will be able to nominate virtually any land or building in the city as `assets of community value'.

While the Act is absolutely toothless, except for groups with access to loads of money, it might at least stop deals to sell off heritage happening behind closed doors. Buile Hill Park Mansion, anyone?

Full details here…

 


As part of the government's Localism Act, which came into force this year, Salford Council has to maintain a list of Assets of Community Value and under the Act, local groups have a right to nominate any building or land to be listed.

The asset, which is defined as `a building or other land', can be listed if it furthers the community's `social well-being or social interests and is likely to do so in the future'. The asset can be privately owned or owned by the Council, and the only exclusions are residential property and caravan sites.

Once the asset is listed, nothing happens unless the owner wants to sell or `dispose' of it. Then there's a six week window where community groups can declare that they are a potential bidder. If this happens, a six month period kicks in for the group to try and raise the money to buy the asset.

However, even after six months, the `owner is free to sell to whomever they choose and at whatever price'. Which makes it all a bit toothless and useless. And, what's more, the owner of the `asset' can claim compensation `for loss and expense incurred through the asset being listed'. Meanwhile there's no financial help in the Act for community groups wanting to take over `assets of community value'.

Indeed, despite Government Minister, Don Foster, claiming that this will "aim to encourage more of this type of community-focused, locally-led action by providing an important tool to help communities looking to take over and run local assets" it's almost the opposite…unless they've got access to loads of money and can outbid any other developer. Also Salford Council has the final say as to whether the `asset' should listed.

What the Act does do, however, is stop deals happening behind closed doors, providing that the asset is listed, while the six month period might allow for a community driven campaign to try and save the asset from developers claws.

For most of Salford's heritage it's too late. But there might be hope for Buile Hill Park Mansion, which still hasn't been properly sold to John Wilkinson and co.

Community groups eligible to get buildings and land listed include charities, community interest groups, neighbourhood forums and any group with a membership of at least 21 local people who appear on the electoral roll within the local authority, or a neighbouring local authority.

No doubt, Salford Council will provide details of how to list a community asset, once the decision has been ratified today… May we suggest that the `list' kicks off with Salford City's Moor Lane ground and Buile Hill Mansion…

For further details see the Department for Communities and Local Government Advice Notes – click here

Not a Taxpayer Robber . wrote
at 11:52:31 on 18 December 2012
Too right , Insider . My understanding was that once Mayor Greedy got his snout in the Bottomless Taxpayers Trough , Spicer would be no longer required as Greedy is responsible for running this Dead City . Why are we taxpayers still subsidising the bitch to a lifestyle she does not deserve ?
 
Insider wrote
at 10:19:55 on 18 December 2012
At last the Mayor is to make a decision !(apart from judging a naff xams card competiton!). Now perhaps he can decide why Salford needs to be paying a Chief Executive £200 k a year who is doing the same job as him along with those non job Directors and 12 assistant mayors -
 
blueliam wrote
at 09:10:21 on 18 December 2012
I'd like to nominate the Mocha Parade--ooops too late.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 13:39:18 on 17 December 2012
More Tory Bullshit? it's full of holes which you have highlighted already. Policy or proposals should be practical workable and above all be relistic this fills none of the criteria.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 13:39:08 on 17 December 2012
We should also be able to nominate 'assets' that have *no* community value. Wonder what non-democratic, money-squandering, buck-passing, opaque Salford institution would be at the top of *that* particular list...
 
Des wrote
at 13:38:33 on 17 December 2012
Can we nominate Assholes , too ? Then I nominate Salford Clowncil , and its army of overpaid shysters .
 
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