Norfolk County Council has taken a major step forward in its bid to buy the former RAF Coltishall base.

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Contracts have been exchanged between the council and site owners the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) with completion expected in the new year.

The authority is remaining tight-lipped on how much taxpayers’ money they are spending on the purchase. A spokesman said the sum would be revealed after the deal was completed, which it was hoped would take place on January 8.

Until then, security at the 600-acre former Battle of Britain station remains the responsibility of the MoJ.

21 comments

  • I'm going to place road signs all around the airbase I once proudly served on saying.........Warning, you are entering a disaster zone. Because that is.....exactly what it now is.

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    windup

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • NCC has now laid itself open to a legal challenge. They have been the preferred bidder, despite not having an open planning brief, no public consent for their secret plans as nobody knows what they are planning and no consultation on their plans. The private consortium has and our suspicions are that they are keeping this site to burn more jobs, should they win the Kings Lynn inquiry, rather than bothering to create thousands of jobs in a circular resource economy. As alecto said, next May is coming fast and they try their best to get their plans though, by any means, regardless of what costs it put on us, or whether its open to legal challenges.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I'm going to place road signs all around the airbase I once proudly served on saying.........Warning, you are entering a disaster zone. Because that is.....exactly what it now is.

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    windup

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Be afraid ....... be VERY afraid !

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    NorfolkHawker

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I find it outrageous the way councillors of local authorities squander public money, our money, and then hide behind secrecy. What happened to transparent Government?

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    Nick

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Well at least this incompetant bunch of local politicians have proved they have no excuses left for cutting more services or jobs as they are clearly awash with (our) money. Why do they remain so ignorant of public opinion over issues such as incinerators, NDR, Coltishall etc? What happened to the concept of them representing our interests. Its like having the Crazy Gang in charge - or maybe they are?

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    smithrob

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Next May doesn't solve the problem of the likes of Jackson, Walton, and McNeill, or Lord Murphy if he gets his feet cosy under the Chief Execs table. We have Cllr Jordan Cabinet Member for Efficency of the Truth, who has every liklihood of being voted back in by the apathetic Norfolk public, and the rest of the apathetic County Councillors who, once they arrive at County Hall, have their spines removed en masse. Every Norfolk County Councillor should be held accountable for the actions of the Cabinet Members and start earning their allowance and expenses and Jackson needs some investigation for both the incinerator deal and this Coltishall one - for starters.

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    Honest John

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • So we shouldn't know how much of our money NCC spend? This kind of behaviour is nothing short of shocking.

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    Old Long Balls

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • A private company offered £4.1m for this site..... I wonder what NCC paid for it and, in the spirit of accountability, I wonder which public services they cut in order to afford it??

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    Fenscape

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Good old Iffy Cliffy - the 'Peoples runway' will make an excellent approach road for an incinerator..... Doh!

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    Fenscape

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Be aware: 'con-tracts' sounds very similar to 'con-tricks'

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    NorfolkHawker

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • The question is why have the MoJ turned down a cash bid from a private investor who has a good sound business plan and has looked into the costs fully, in favour of a dodgy Council, who are over £300million in the red already, looking to increase this with their proposed incinerator fiasco, who have no business plan, and are hiding the true costs from the taxpayers? The MoJ need some serious scrutiny here, and some good old exposure for the dirty deal they are encouraging NCC to do. Not that Mike Jackson's needs any encouragement for another trouser pocket job. FOI comms between Jackson and the MoJ and things will warm up a bit.

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    Honest John

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Without a sound business plan this favouritism to wards a public purchaser, rather than the bid from a private consortium with a sound and costed is open to judicial challenge. I will not pay for any court case or inquiry resulting from the mismanagement of unaccountable councillor's in their back rooms.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Obviously the sound business plan of NCC was approved by the people, so that they can spend our money? NCC just don't have the cheek to try and raise council tax next year as you obviously have vast amount of reserves of tax payers cash to play with

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Just remember everyone - you can get rid of this bunch of inept comedians next May by voting them out and encouraging your neighbours to do so as well. Otherwise you will have years more of them lurching from disaster to disaster using our money to finance their frolics. By the way this says that contracts have been exchanged. I assume therefore that completion has not taken place so perhaps the MofJ would like to look more closely at the Council's ridiculous plan (or rather complete lack of it, I have never seen any responsible business vendor sell with a complete lack of business plan on the table). They should withdraw immediately from their side because they do not have all the information necessary for exchange and certainly not for completion. If this goes ahead then there will be moves to get the public accounts committee to investigate this fully because this is two public entities, both of whom are responsible to us in the way they waste (sorry use) public funds and it will be at easy matter for Richard Bacon MP, a leading light in that committee, to pop up to Broadland to have a look from South Norfolk.

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    alecto

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • This decision is nothing short of an abuse of power! It is especially galling that this most iconic airfield will now effectively be turned into nothing more than grazing for a few sheep and the hangers used for a few transport companies. Let there be no doubt that this was and is the worst result for both the taxpayer and the airfield and its history. Lets hope that those people who have supported this absurd plan are held to account for a waste of taxpayers money.

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    Douglas McCoy

    Friday, December 7, 2012

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