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To: Lewes District Council
Return Salts Cottage to Seaford Residents
Return Salts Cottage to Seaford Residents through devolution to Seaford Town Council.
Why is this important?
We, the undersigned residents of Seaford, call upon Lewes District Councillors to ensure that Salt’s Cottage, BN25 1DR is returned back to the people of Seaford, from LDC control, free of charge. To date this has been dealt with by officers, which is un-democratic in the circumstances.
The property in question known as Salts Cottage was originally purchased with Seaford resident’s tax monies. When Seaford Urban Council was devolved to LDC under the Local Government Act of 1972 the cottage was included in the assets transferred for no fee. Since 1972 LDC has benefited from rental income from this 3 bedroom residential property through Social Housing tenancies.
As the property is no longer of a standard to rent in this way and currently lies empty LDC officers offered to sell the property to Seaford Town Council for the market sum of £340,000. This is not currently an option either financially or ethically.
This is a property that was bought by the people of Seaford, and it should be devolved to STC, as other assets have been over the years, at no cost. The Town Council have identified uses for the property that will benefit the community as a whole.