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Acres more land could be sold as Norfolk County Council looks to balance books

PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 04 October 2018

Neighbour Colin Mason at the land off Gimingham Road, Trimingham, which could be sold. Picture: David Bale

Neighbour Colin Mason at the land off Gimingham Road, Trimingham, which could be sold. Picture: David Bale

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More council property and land could be sold off, as County Hall looks to plug a multi-million pound budget gap.

But there could be a reprieve for one building.

Norfolk County Council is facing a £45.3m spending gap by 2022, on top of millions of pounds already earmarked to be saved, with the sale of assets seen as a way to generate cash.

And, at a meeting of the council’s business and property committee next Tuesday, councillors will be asked to agree acres more land is sold.

Among the land which could be sold is a 3.7 acre campsite at Trimingham in north Norfolk, which was once used by children’s services.

Swallowtails Glamping in Holt won a tender for the site - which sparked concern about traffic among people living nearby. But that offer has been withdrawn.

The council has received approaches from the local community around acquiring the site, but committee members will be asked to agree that, if no acceptable offer is received, the site will be auctioned off.

Just under two acres of land at Jeffery Close, in King’s Lynn, is also recommended for sale, along with land next to Burlingham Barn in North Burlingham.

But a former school in Thetford could get a reprieve from being sold. At a meeting last month the council agreed that the Elm Road centre should be disposed of.

However, Thetford councillor Terry Jermy was not convinced all avenues for the building’s future had been explored.

Thetford Town Council applied to register it as an asset of community value, to give local people the chance to try to take it on.

County council officers are asking the business and property committee to review their previous decision, which could see it remain in County Hall’s ownership for now.

The committee will also be asked to agree that the county council agrees a 25-year lease with Norwich City Council for the Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

While the city owns the castle site, the museum service itself is jointly-run with the county.

And, under the terms of the recent £9.2m award to revamp the castle’s keep, lottery bosses need there to be a lease in place.

It would not change the current financial or operational responsibilities for the castle.

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