We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

We need an investigation into failed Crescent Gardens sale

April 13, 2019 9:50 PM

The Harrogate & Knaresborough Lib Dems are seeking an investigation into the failed sale of Harrogate Borough Council's former offices at Crescent Gardens. The deal to sell the building, which was to be converted into luxury flats, finally fell through last week.

Crescent Gardens 2

Lib Dem Group Leader on HBC, Councillor Pat Marsh, called for an inquiry into the collapse of the deal. However, this request has so far been rejected out of hand:

Cllr Marsh said:

"It is extremely disappointing that Harrogate Borough Council's Conservative administration has refused my request to carry out an investigation into the failed sale of Crescent Gardens. We have to ensure that lessons are learned as we go out to the market for a third time.

The issues that caused this deal to collapse cannot be allowed to happen again. We would also like to see the community involved in the future development of the site. This is about public money and the future of a much loved public building."

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough, Judith Rogerson said:

"I've no doubt that taxpayers will be angry that this deal has collapsed after so much had been promised. It is essential that we find out what went wrong and the financial impact that this has had for all of us who pay council tax. It is just not good enough to refuse to carry out any sort of inquiry. Residents need to be able to have confidence in their Council.

A plan must now be put in place to find a new buyer who can deliver a realistic, good value deal for the people of our Borough."