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Meeting of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 10/09/2002
GARAGE BLOCKS AT SLIP OF WOOD, CRANLEIGH



The Council owns and manages a garage site at Slip of Wood, Cranleigh. The garages are suffering structural stress as a result of movement of the supporting concrete ground slabs, and long-term action is required to deal with the situation. A number of the garages are privately owned as they were sold under the Right to Buy legislation. This report sets out a proposal to deal with the position.
APPENDIX J

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - 10TH SEPTEMBER 2002
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Title:
GARAGE BLOCKS AT SLIP OF WOOD, CRANLEIGH

[Ward Affected: Cranleigh East]
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Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

Annexe 2 to this report contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the items to which the report relates, as specified in Paragraphs 8 and 9 respectively of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, viz:-

1. The amount of any expenditure proposed to be incurred by the authority under any particular contract for the acquisition of property or the supply of goods or services.

2. Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services.

Summary and Purpose

The Council owns and manages a garage site at Slip of Wood, Cranleigh. The garages are suffering structural stress as a result of movement of the supporting concrete ground slabs, and long-term action is required to deal with the situation. A number of the garages are privately owned as they were sold under the Right to Buy legislation. This report sets out a proposal to deal with the position.
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Introduction

1. The site comprises 14 garages in two blocks at Slip of Wood, Cranleigh (Annexe 1). Five of the garages are privately owned, the remaining nine are owned and managed under the Housing Revenue Account. An engineer’s report has identified the problem of the stability of the garages and action has been taken by the Council to secure their safety by the erection of scaffolding. The former Housing and Community Welfare Committee authorised discussion with the owners on the options to deal with the situation, including demolition of the garages and repurchase of their plots. Various attempts have been made to reach a collective agreement but without success until recently. As the garages support each other and each one has right of support as against its neighbouring garages, complete agreement with all of the owners was therefore necessary.

Current position with owners

2. The owners have been reluctant to agree collectively to a single course of action, particularly about their future use and/or ownership of their plots and the retention or demolition of their garages. However, they have all now agreed, in writing, that the garages can be demolished by the Council and laid out as a car park. However, different solutions as to future use by each owner have been discussed.

3. Two of the owners wish to sell their plots back to the Council. Figures are set out in (Exempt) Annexe 2 to the report.

4. One owner wishes to retain ownership of his plot after demolition.

5. Two owners are undecided about a re-sale. In one case, no agreement has been reached on a re-sale value. In the other case, the owner wishes to keep a parking space but may still be prepared to sell back his plot. The resale price may, therefore, depend upon agreement as to future use, possibly by way of licence. It is proposed that the position remains open and that the cost of any future re-purchase be agreed by independent valuation.

6. Notwithstanding these positions, all are agreed that the garages can be demolished.

Conclusion

7. The garages are to be demolished by the Council at the estimated cost referred to in (Exempt) Annexe 2. The site will then be resurfaced and laid out as car parking spaces. These would then be available for use by the local residents.

8. Two of the five owner-occupiers will sell their plots to the Council, with the remaining three retaining ownership of their land at the present time. These three spaces will be fitted with lockable bollards.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee commends to the Executive that:

1. the garages in question be demolished and the land laid out as a car park and that the Council enters into licences with the owners, as appropriate, to authorise entry onto each owner’s land for the purpose of carrying out the work, the cost of the work to be contained within existing budgetary provision for 2002/03;

2. the repurchase of private garages be agreed at the price referred to in (Exempt) Annexe 2 to the report; and

3. in due course, owner occupiers permitting, the three remaining garage plots be repurchased at a price to be agreed by independent valuation.

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Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr D R Simmons Telephone: 01483 523374
e-mail: dsimmons@waverley.gov.uk

COMMS/O&S2/2002/03/014