Annexe has already been paid for once

January 06 2021

THE old Blue School Portway Annexe site was bought and paid for by the ratepayers of Wells City Council, Somerset County Council and Central Government, therefore like all state schools, I believe, a Community Asset.

It has now been reported that Wells City Council have been “allowed” to put forward plans to purchase the property from Somerset for at least £600,000. Purchase something that was already a Community Asset, paid for by the ratepayers.

This sounds like something out of Catch 22 – we will sell you something that is already yours, together with the added cost of stamp duty/legal fees and VAT.Which local government bean counter thought this one up?

David Hartley
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