Committee Discusses Options For Sallyport Property After Receiving No Bids

sallyportCouncillors have been asked to review the sale of a Council-owned property at 6 Sallyport, after no buyers were found.

The house, last occupied by the former Chief Executive Philip Hygate, has been empty for the last 12 months.

In July, the Council took the decision to sell it and they were looking for a price over £400,000.

But after receiving several enquiries, including three from the mainland, no offers had been made by the closing date for sealed bids on the 20th January.

At Tuesday evening’s Policy and Resources Committee, councillors were asked to look at a number of ways to encourage the sale.

This included removing a clause giving the Council 25% of any profit over £400,000, should the site be redeveloped.

And rather than marketing it ‘in house’ an option was given to use a conventional estate agent and take the highest offer.

But if a sale doesn’t go through within 6 months, the current dwelling could be demolished and the site redeveloped as a residential scheme, to assist in meeting the housing needs of the islands.

Discussion of the report was taken behind closed doors at the last minute, with the public excluded, as councillors were told that there were confidential issues related to the sale.

This is thought to relate to an offer of a direct property exchange from an islander, rather than a cash sale.

So far, the Council have lost £11,000 in rent and council tax on the empty building.

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