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Council agrees new plan to look after assets

Eastbourne Bandstand showing the temporary steel girder supports fitted pending major structural repairs. October 18th 2013 E43036P

Eastbourne Bandstand showing the temporary steel girder supports fitted pending major structural repairs. October 18th 2013 E43036P

Council leaders have approved a new money-saving approach to managing assets owned by the authority.

The new strategy has been designed to help protect and maintain council owned property for future generations and ensure the town’s heritage is preserved.

The plan will also help generate increased revenue for Eastbourne while reducing the amount of council subsidy needed for building maintenance.

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, members welcomed the decision as part of the strategy to create a specialist corporate landlord team who will manage all aspects of the strategic service as well as facilities and maintenance. This hands-off solution is estimated to provide savings of up to £110,000 a year for maintenance alone while every asset will be examined for its potential revenue generating potential.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Tutt, said, “This council is determined to succeed where previous administrations have failed by investing properly in our assets to ensure they are maintained and improved.

“Residents will have noticed recent work that has taken place to the Town Hall and Redoubt Fortress, as well as the current work at the Bandstand, while our plans for Devonshire Park are moving into the delivery phase. The Corporate Landlord model will ensure our assets are maintained but also where possible generate an income, helping us to improve front line services .”

 

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