at 'knock-down sale' of former Burnham-On-Sea health centre
district councillor has this week expressed his anger at the NHS's
sale of a former health centre in Burnham-On-Sea for a 'knock-down
Belmont House, which operated as a mental health care centre
in Technical Street until August this year, has been sold by NHS
Somerset for just £170,000 to a local businessman.
The three-storey property is located in the centre of Burnham
and covers 380 square metres (4,090 sq ft) with six car parking
spaces. Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt had valued the building
at £55,000 more than it was sold for.
District councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week:
"It is very short-sighted of the NHS Somerset Partnership
to sell off properties at knock-down prices like this. Once sold,
they are lost to the tax payer forever."
feel we have been sold short here - it's insulting to tax payers
and particularly to those who relied on Belmont House for health
The health care facilities controversially closed in the summer
despite a long-running campaign by patients, their families and
councillors to save it.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
Belmont House had been earmarked for closure, which was later
confirmed by the NHS, as reported here.
NHS Somerset's Paul Courtney told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Selling
formerly-used centres is an important way to return money to public
service coffers. Our objective is always to raise as much as possible."