Lindsey Lower School site issue to go to council scrutiny panel
A DECISION on who will become the new owner of Lindsey Lower School will go to a council scrutiny panel before it is made by council officers.
As reported, various bids have been made for the old secondary school in Clee Road, ranging from plans to demolish it and build houses to turning it into a state-of-the-art facility for the disabled by asking North East Lincolnshire Council to hand it over to charity for free.
The scrutiny panel for policy, performance and resources will be responsible for making recommendations before presenting it to the cabinet in December.
Usually, decisions on the disposal of assets only go to cabinet if they are considering an offer below the market value – which is £750,000 to £1million.
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The council has received more than 1,000 signatures in support of the Rock Foundation’s bid to turn it into a facility for the disabled but not offering any money for the site. Council officers came under pressure last week from councillors who were furious about the sale of the old Salvation Army property in Brighowgate, Grimsby, for £225,000 without the knowledge of councillors.
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of the council, said: “A number of petitions have been received from the public regarding the disposal of this site and therefore to give all petitioners the opportunity to express their concerns before any decisions are made. The scrutiny panel will be able to take all matters into account and make appropriate recommendations to the cabinet as to the disposal of the site.
The evaluation of the bids is expected to be completed by September 30, after which a report will be submitted to the scrutiny panel.