groups to get 'right to bid' for key buildings in Burnham
future of key community buildings and facilities in Burnham-On-Sea
is to be safeguarded through new government legislation that gives
community groups the right to bid for them.
and Highbridge Town Council has this week approved plans to draw
up a formal asset register of buildings and land that are considered
to be of real community value.
the government's Localism Act legislation, the council is applying
under the 'Community Right to Bid' to formally register many key
facilities as parish assets.
assets will be registered with Sedgemoor District Council and
if the current owner puts them up for sale in the future, they
will have to notify the council and in turn community groups will
first be given the option of making a bid for them, thereby safeguarding
proposed list of assets includes Burnham and Highbridge Libraries,
The Pavilion, The Ritz Cinema and Social Club, Burnham and Highbridge
Community Centres, The Learning Centre, Tourist Centre, BAY Centre,
Octopus Children's Centre, Morland Community Hall, Highbridge
Children's Centre and Southwell House.
facilities on the proposed community assets list include Burnham
Bowls Club, Avenue Tennis Club, BASC Ground, the Bay Centre sports
ground and Burnham Swim and Sports Academy.
and open spaces included as community assets will include Apex
Park, Marine Cove, Manor Gardens, Southwell Gardens, Crosses Pen,
all children's play areas, Rosewood Green and Queen's Square.
Car parks are also included.
Council Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is a way of highlighting and safeguarding the key buildings and
land in Burnham and Highbridge that are really valued by the community."
'right to buy' legislation aims to help avoid them being lost
in the future as community facilities, providing there are statutory
groups willing to come forward to buy them."
that consider buying the assets are given six months to prepare
a bid before the asset can then be sold on the open market.
Community Right to Bid scheme covers private as well as public
assets. Further details about the process are available here.