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Letter: Report on Burchatts Barn Is Shocking But Unsurprising

Published on: 16 Nov, 2020
Updated on: 20 Nov, 2020

From: Gavin Morgan

founder of the Guildford Heritage Forum

In response to: Exposed: How Tory Borough Council Mishandled Burchatts Barn Lease

The quotes in this excellent article just scratch the surface of what this report says. I recommend people to read it in full.

It is both shocking and sadly unsurprising to anyone who followed the previous council. One of the most important conclusions for me was: “We found there to be no consistent procedures, policies or governance structures in place for the disposal of Community Assets.”

What is even worse is that: “The council put in place a robust Asset Management Strategy and Framework in 2014 that outlines that value to the community should be considered alongside financial viability when making decisions about the future of assets, but the document has not been reviewed or updated since its creation and is not representative of current council operations.”

Serious questions need to be asked.

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Responses to Letter: Report on Burchatts Barn Is Shocking But Unsurprising

  1. Peta Malthouse Reply

    November 17, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    So if I am reading the above letter correctly and the other information we have had, Cllr Manning took a decision which ignored the council’s own policy and avoided proper scrutiny of it. Perhaps someone can correct me if I am wrong.

    Am I surprised? Not really

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