Are Councillors aware of Asset sale/mothballing plans?

The Council has not yet entered into any agreements relating to the sale or disposal of any parts of the Stoke Town site as a result of the soft marketing exercise. The Council cannot say if anyone is interested in Genr8’s offer of offices in the proposed CBD

A key component of the asset rationalisation strategy is to meet the requirements of the developing localities delivery model. The overall aim is to create a stronger positive customer offer and experience but this has to be from fewer locations,

Are you as an Elected Representative aware what the Localities Model is?
Should you be informed how many assets will be mothballed? and the on going cost of such a stratergy? The District Auditor believed you should be in his letter to the Chief Exec in March 2013,and the Chief Executive proposed that:
The ‘localities report’ setting out options for the future property requirements of the Council, and future customer access points was due July 2013
A report is prepared for members setting out the different options and costs relating to the sale, letting or ‘mothballing’ of the Town Hall and Civic Centre.  was due August 2013
A consolidated paper is presented to members summarising the capital costs and receipts and revenue costs and savings. The report should include best and worst case scenarios for both revenue and capital costs. was due September 2013
Have you received any of the above reports?
At Full Council 17th October you will be asked to approve borrowing of £84m, with an additional budget of £7.650m to fit out the new Civic Centre, does this include furnishing and fitting or just the internal partitions?
Do you feel you have the full information required to determine if asset rationalisation strategy and the localities delivery model, will provide fit for purpose accommodation, in the right locations and at the right price?
I hope you as elected members over seeing OUR City request the answers be provide to the below questions on a closed agenda report before borrowing even MORE money.
1. The number of companies Genr8 had expressions of interest from between March 2009 and March 2012.
2. The number of companies Genr8 signed any form of agreement with based on that interest between March 2009 and March 2012.
3. The number of companies Genr8 or the City Council has received expressions of interest from between May 2012 and September 2013.
4. The number of companies Genr8 or the City Council has signed any form of agreement with, based on that interest between May 2012 and September 2013.
5. Of the 30 currently occupied administrative buildings, how many are now to relocate to Central Business District?
6. Of the 30 currently occupied administrative buildings, how many have an interested buyer?
Ian Norris
Stoke on Trent

Reply from Councillor Janine Bridges: Cabinet Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Community Safety

Ian

The first research from. The localities model is that it will give us a potential saving of 88 million in that we will adopt an intervention model across the city where multiagencies are housed together and will work together. It was envisaged that the CBD would be the base for this and all other buildings could be liquidated.

Members and residents felt however they wanted a presence in their locality and so in the first instance their may be one locality multiagency group located in each neighbourhood ie 3 north central and south. The research has entered the second phase and the NHS and PCC are already on board and plugging in funding.

Watch this space for something special and innovative

Jan

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