Hun­dreds in protest over £750k of­fices

Pe­ti­tion says money should not be spent on build­ing

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Called ‘ Stop Iver Par­ish Coun­cil spend­ing par­ish funds on a build­ing we don’t need’, it was launched by South Bucks District Coun­cil­lor Paul Grif­fin around two weeks ago.

It reads: “We, the un­der­signed, would pre­fer the ac­crued funds to be spent on things that ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity im­me­di­ately, rather than of­fices which will only ben­e­fit the coun­cil.

“We are ask­ing IPC to hold off on this pur­chase in­def­i­nitely and we seek the as­sur­ance of the chair­man that this re­quest has been re­spected or at least dis­cussed with com­mu­nity mem­bers prior to any deal be­ing agreed.”

IPC has oc­cu­pied the old po­lice house, in Che­quers Or­chard, just off High Street,since March 2008, but the lease is due to run out in March 2018.

Due to this they of­fered to buy Iver Po­lice Sta­tion and its ad­ja­cent house to­wards the end of last year for £750,000.

They wanted to buy it off­mar­ket as they wanted to re­tain their pres­ence in the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity, but Mr Grif­fin is dis­ap­pointed that there has been a lack of con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment from the par­ish coun­cil about the of­fer.

A re­port on the of­fice of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner’s (PCC) web­site states: “Fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of the of­fer, Thames Val­ley Po­lice (TVP) in­structed two for­mal val­u­a­tions of the site, both of which have con­firmed that the of­fer is well in ex­cess of the market value of the site.

“These valuation op­tions, cou­pled with the pro­vi­sion of the touch­down fa­cil­ity and the abil­ity to work with a part­ner, pro­vides sup­port for our statu­tory obli­ga­tion to se­cure ‘best con­di­tion’.”

In a state­ment, IPC said: “IPC has been in dis­cus­sion with TVP for some time and has made sig­nif­i­cant progress to­wards the po­ten­tial pur­chase of the whole site as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, with a view to both se­cur­ing the long term fu­ture of the coun­cil and pro­tect­ing the po­lice pres­ence within the Ivers.

“TVP would thus be able to main­tain a ‘touch­down fa­cil­ity’ in the area and IPC would be able to con­sider a num­ber of po­ten­tial com­mu­nity op­por­tu­ni­ties given the im­pend­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­view of the area. Such a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity would al­low for the pro­vi­sion of space for lo­cal groups to use.

“This will be in­formed by the re­sponses re­ceived from the neigh­bour­hood plan con­sul­ta­tion.”

Visit www.change. org/p/stop-iver-parish­coun­cil-spend­ing-parish­funds-on-a-build­ing-we­don-t-need for more in­for­ma­tion.

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