Council's Property Portfolio

I would like to see a stronger and more robust scrutiny of ALL properties owned by, or leased by the Council as I feel many are not fit for purpose in a modern age and are therefore inneficient to run and to staff.

The surplus properties, some with substantial  a grounds,should be sold off to local Housing Associations or Private Developers to ensure that future housing needs are met in the Borders.  I'm certain the Council could make such developers provide these homes within a certain timescale?

Why the contribution is important

There is a need for both domestic and supported accomodation in the Borders and this need is becoming ever greater.

 

Freeing up such surplus , and past there use, properties would benefit both younger people and an ageing population.  This would prove to be a real investment in the Borders.

by dickturpin on December 11, 2017 at 04:12PM

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  • Posted by Borderer December 12, 2017 at 20:44

    The council does seem to have a lot of little properties dotted around the Borders.
    Why not get the private it company to move out of Newtown and relocate staff to there.
    It's not right that taxpayers maintain these properties whilst a private company is based in Council Headquarters and probably are not paying anything to do so.
  • Posted by keeferreid1993 December 31, 2017 at 15:28

    Agreed, I've just posted an IDEA, regarding SBHA are they have a lot of council properties. And the lack of their vigilance on the security, safety and they are still not fit for purpose even being "cared for" by housing associations.
  • Posted by Jeff101 January 18, 2018 at 11:18

    There are too many council properties that are maintained by a handful of trades companies that are very good at overcharging to do the smallest of jobs. Reduce the number of properties and bring in a facilities management company to manage them.
  • Posted by Borderer January 29, 2018 at 21:16

    Better a local tradesman than a national facilities management company, least the money stays in region and still supports local economy.
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