Parish’s office purchase fails
Deal may be resurrected by new council
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.