A PARISH council's bid to register a former police station as a community asset has been turned down by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Forsbrook Parish Council applied to register the former police station, secure houses and car park located on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge into an 'asset of community interest.' The scheme allows communities “to suggest buildings and land (assets) they consider to be of value to the community, to be included on a list maintained by the local council.”
If any of the assets on the register are up for sale, “the community is given the opportunity to express an interest in purchasing the asset, and then a further chance to bid.”
However, the SMDC decided to refuse Forsbrook Parish Council’s application for the former cop shop.
In an SMDC delegated decision document, executive director and monitoring officer Mark Trillo, confirmed: “Forsbrook Parish Council is eligible to make the nomination.
“The houses as residential buildings are exempt from listing.
“Not all of the land and buildings can be demonstrated to have been used (and in the past five years) to further the social well-being and social interests of the local community and current car park use is ancillary.
“It is realistic to think that the building or land and buildings can be used in a way which will further the social well-being and social interests of the community within the next five years.”
It was revealed at the Forsbrook Parish Council meeting on Monday, October 21 that the decision to refuse the proposal has been “called in” to be reviewed and reconsidered.
During the meeting county and district councillor Ross Ward commented: “We’ve brought it in on the grounds that we believe they haven’t considered all of the evidence correctly, basically.
“It’s something that is so important to the heart of the community and it could be used for so many community uses.
“There is so much opportunity there, the decision shouldn’t be retrospective – based on what it used to be.
“We should be looking forward and I think we’ve got a pretty good argument.”
Maria and Ian Leyland from Cheadle are hosting a bingo night to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and for the provision of heart screening for 14 to 35-year-olds in honour of their son Joseph who suddenly passed away in 2016 aged 16.
This will take place this on Saturday (November 2) at 7.30pm at Cheadle Cricket Club.
Tickets are £8 which includes a book of bingo tickets, the buffet and the raffle.
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