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IT was re­ported in last week’s Ac­cring­ton Ob­server (‘Play­ing fields lease boost’, Oc­to­ber 26) that the coun­cil have agreed a 30-year lease for Highams Play­ing Fields at a rent of £1,000 per year when the com­mer­cial value of this land is in fact more than £12,000 per year. This means that over the length of the lease the coun­cil is giv­ing away more than a third of a mil­lion pounds of tax pay­ers’ money (or in ex­cess of £10,000 per year) to what is in ef­fect a com­mer­cial un­der­tak­ing!

How can the coun­cil jus­tify giv­ing away such vast sums of money, when ev­ery week we read that one thing or an­other can­not be af­forded be­cause of a short­age of money?

Coun­cil­lors should have a duty to get the best pos­si­ble re­turn for coun­cil tax pay­ers on any agree­ment they reach with other or­gan­i­sa­tions. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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