Parish’s of­fice pur­chase fails

Deal may be res­ur­rected by new coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PLANS to pur­chase a new parish coun­cil of­fice have been dropped after ne­go­ti­a­tions with the seller reached a stale­mate.

Chal­font St Giles Parish Coun­cil iden­ti­fied a build­ing in Dean­way, with its cost of £500,000 caus­ing protest among some vil­lagers.

The coun­cil took out a £200,000 loan and made an of­fer, which it says was ac­cepted, how­ever the seller could not find a new prop­erty in which to move.

The sale fell through and coun­cil­lors have de­cided to wait un­til after the elec­tions in May for another drive at find­ing an of­fice.

Coun­cil chair­man War­ren said: “We Bill still think it is the best thing that is on of­fer and was the most suit­able for us.

“It was in Fe­bru­ary 2013 that we were made aware of the build­ing and made an of­fer.

“The seller had a num­ber of at­tempts to find al­ter­na­tiveac­com­mo­da­tion to move in to. This dragged on for a year and a half.

“It got to the point where we thought this is go­ing on for so long it is wrong for us to make it the in­her­i­tance of the in­com­ing coun­cil.

“If it is still avail­able when the new coun­cil comes in and they want to start it again that is up to them.”

The coun­cil will pay back the loan be­fore the elec­tions. The au­thor­ity has been look­ing at hav­ing its own build­ing for 20 years and cur­rently meets at the gar­den cen­tre in School Lane.

Clerk Michael MacMa­hon, who in­tends to re­tire next year, works from his home in Chal­font St Peter and coun­cil­lors are anx­ious to have a work­place ready for his re­place­ment.

The coun­cil has searched the vil­lage for po­ten­tial prop­er­ties and con­sid­ered build­ing a new base in Bliz­zards Yard car park.

But ris­ing prices, flood­ing prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties with dis­abled ac­cess pre­vented a pur­chase there.

Vil­lagers also sug­gested build­ing on ground at the Memo­rial Hall, in School Lane, or us­ing a room in the up­stairs of the build­ing, but this was not deemed big enough.

Now the coun­cil will con­sider op­tions in Amer­sham and Chal­font St Peter.

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