WHY OUR CASH GIVEN AWAY?
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