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Notice regarding Garstang Business Centre and High Street car park, Garstang

pin Published Thursday, 14 January 2016

Wyre Council has indicated its intention to dispose of two assets included on the List of Assets of Community Value.

The council has updated the list (available to view online) with the timescales of what must happen next. 

  • Interim moratorium ends on 17 February 2016 - six weeks from the notice of intention to dispose being received (6 January 2016). 
  • Full moratorium ends on 6 July 2016 - six months from the notice of intention to dispose being received.
  • Protected period ends 6 July 2017 - 18 months from the notice of intention to dispose being received. 

What this means 

Wyre Council would like to reassure residents that the notice of intention to dispose of Garstang Business Centre and High Street car park does not affect its commitment to retaining sufficient public parking at the site. Read the full statement

During the interim moratorium, a community interest group can request in writing to the council to be treated as a potential bidder for the asset. This group must be one of the following: 

  • a charity 
  • a community interest company 
  • a company limited by guarantee that is non-profit distributing 
  • an industrial and provident society that is non-profit distributing 
Following the receipt of a written request to be treated as a potential bidder, the council will inform the owner of the asset that this request has been received. This request triggers a full moratorium, which prevents the council from disposing of the asset for six months from the date on which the council indicated its intention to dispose of the asset. 

After the moratorium period (either six weeks if there has been no community interest notification to be treated as a bidder, or the full six months), the council is free to dispose to whomever they choose and at whatever price. 

No further moratorium will apply for the remainder of the protected period, lasting 18 months from the date the owner notified the council of their intention to dispose of the asset. 

The aim of the Community Right to Bid legislation is to give local community groups a fairer chance to make a bid to buy local assets on the open market, but does not confer a right to buy or a right of first refusal. It merely introduces, in certain circumstances, a moratorium on disposal of the asset.

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