Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To agree the disposal of the former Forest Row Household Waste Recycling Centre to the preferred purchaser following the marketing of the site, including declaring the land comprising Station Road, Forest Row surplus to the Council’s requirements and agreeing its disposal to the preferred purchaser.
48.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer, together with exempt information contained in a report later on the agenda.
48.2 Mr Phil Rogers spoke in support of the community offer.
48.3 The Lead Member RESOLVED to (1) Declare the access road known as Station Road, Forest Row surplus to the Council’s requirements;
(2) Agree to the disposal of the access road known as Station Road and the former Forest Row Household Waste Recycling Centre (‘the Property’) in accordance with s.123 of the Local Government Act 1972.
(3) Delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to agree the terms of the disposal of the Property to the preferred purchaser and to take all actions necessary to secure the disposal, at best value in accordance with s123 of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Localism Act 2011; and
(4) Delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to offer the sale to the party that has submitted the next highest offer if for any reason the sale to the preferred purchaser stalls or cannot complete.
48.4 The former HWRC site has already been declared surplus to requirements. With the closure of the former HWRC site in Forest Row, the Council no longer has an operational need for the access road known as Station Road. The majority of the road is not adopted highway and so including this land in the proposed disposal of the former HWRC site will save the Council the ongoing maintenance liability for the road. The disposal of the Property will provide a capital receipt that will contribute to the Council’s capital programme and will reduce revenue liabilities relating to the management and maintenance of these assets.
Report author: Phil Hall
Publication date: 18/03/2022
Date of decision: 14/12/2021
Decided at meeting: 14/12/2021 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change