Council to review buildings, premises and land as part of asset disposal plan
TEIGNBRIDGE District Council is moving forward with a major review of its buildings, premises and land as part of an asset disposal plan.
The council has approved an asset management plan which looks at transferring properties into the hands of local people.
It is planning a 'complete review' of its assets parish by parish.
It could see car parks, play areas or other buildings being passed from its ownership to town and parish councils or other bodies.
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The executive approved an asset management plan at its meeting on Tuesday.
The plan runs from 2012 until 2015.
Council leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers spoke of the vision in April.
At the time, he said it would provide organisations within the towns and parishes to take greater ownership of local assets and insisted it was not 'a yard sale to get rid of old rubbish'.
Teignbridge Council has 1,422 premises, buildings and zones with a book value of £41.6million.
Assets include buildings, leisure centres, tourist information centres, public toilets, sports pavilions, parks, industrial land and play areas.
The majority, such as leisure centres, are operational and are used by the council to deliver essential services.
The plan sets out the council's approach to strategic management of its land and buildings and the timeframe reflects the newly agreed Council Plan, created when the Conservatives swept to power last year.
The aim is to make sure the council and the community gets the 'best use' of land and building assets and they are used in the most effective way.
At the meeting, Cllr Barker said: "It is about working with communities, town and parish councils and other recognised and properly set up groups on any opportunities that will come up over the next year or so."
All assets will be reviewed to see which ones can be taken over by a parish council or community organisation, or which ones could harbour 'potential development value' or a wider development value with potential to be part of a regeneration project.
Any considered suitable will go through the disposal process including consultation. Not all assets will be up for sale.
Teignbridge Council has periodically reviewed its asset list.
In 2007, it instigated a programme of asset disposal which included the Teignmouth-Shaldon ferry service, industrial land at Brunel Industrial Estate and Teignbridge Indoor Bowls Centre, Kingsteignton.
The executive agreed to approve the plan and a six-week consultation period with town and parish councils.