A COUNCIL faces a maintenance backlog of £44m.
It was revealed as Calderdale Council announced plans to dispose of properties which were backed by Cabinet members this week.
The Asset Management Review and Property Disposal Policy and Strategy presented to Cabinet members says: “In order to help meet budget savings of some £55m by 2014/2015, Calderdale Council is assessing how its property estate can be rationalised through better property utilisation and the fiscal benefits of disposing of assets surplus to requirements.”
The proposals will give local groups and residents the opportunity to buy local assets – buildings and land – should they be planned for disposal.
Community groups will also be able to nominate assets that they believe to be of community value, to be added to the Register of Community Assets, managed and maintained by the authority.
The report shows that community members have six weeks to express an interest, followed by six months to raise the funds and submit a bid.
Among those considering an asset transfer is the team at Waring Green Community Centre in Brighouse.
The report says: “The disposal of surplus land and buildings generates capital receipts to contribute towards the Council’s Investment Plan and Capital Programme.”