Hundreds in protest over £750k offices
Petition says money should not be spent on building
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.