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sarahbell

Buying up Oldham

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http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/139/main-news/116588/council-completes-purchase-of-magistrates-court-building
 

The acquisition of the site on West Street from the HCA now paves the way for the immediate demolition of the building.

This will allow the council to manage the long-term future of the site and the development of this area as part of its ambitious Town Centre Masterplan.

The Masterplan centres on significant areas of publicly-owned land where many sites are under-utilised or have buildings coming to the end of their economic life. 

Totalling around 21 acres in size, these include Tommyfield Market, the Civic Centre, Oldham Police Station, the former Oldham Sports Centre, Magistrates’ Court, and the current Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

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The council bought the Roxy cinema (£ undisclosed as it was claimed to be exempt from FOI as it was a financial sensitive bit of information) and closed it down and demolished it. There is still nothing built on the site! 


 

 

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This is from 2004 http://urbed.coop/sites/default/files/Oldham Beyond - A masterplan for Oldham Town Centre.pdf

But
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2006432-oldham-town-centre-regeneration-plans-move-forward

Elements of the scheme are:

A new Tommyfield Market on the existing site and a new 600-capacity multi-storey car park adjacent to attract additional footfall, plus complementary new retail/leisure units and quality public spaces.

A new civic hub using land including the former Oldham Sports Centre to host a multi-agency public sector centre providing more effective accommodation and cost sharing, plus new commercial office space.

The current Civic Centre, Magistrates Court and Oldham Police Station sites could be the location for a refurbished QE Hall with a new hotel, plus offices and homes.

Additional homes could be located at the current Rock Street car park site and the surrounding area.

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Footfall footfall footfall.

The less refuge of a LA moron.

We shoild pay their pensions in footfalls.

As ive said on other threads, need to force admin in a LA, default on all the pensions.

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2 minutes ago, spygirl said:

Footfall footfall footfall.

The less refuge of a LA moron.

We shoild pay their pensions in footfalls.

As ive said on other threads, need to force admin in a LA, default on all the pensions.

Northamptonshire Council is the test case.

Though their list of priorities for maintaining spending gives the lie to the "public servants"mntra:

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The council has insisted staff wages and spending on statutory services for protecting vulnerable people will be unaffected.

Note that staff wages even comes before actually providing any services.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-42925660

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52 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

Northamptonshire Council is the test case.

Though their list of priorities for maintaining spending gives the lie to the "public servants"mntra:

Note that staff wages even comes before actually providing any services.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-42925660

It was then revealed in January it was considering selling its new £53m headquarters, which officially opened in October.

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2 minutes ago, spygirl said:

It was then revealed in January it was considering selling its new £53m headquarters, which officially opened in October.

Sale and leaseback; one of the last refuges of the financially-desperate.  File under PFI.

I have had to work calculations for these and hugely resented doing it because it is damn obvious to anyone even vaguely financially literte that a 25 year lease with an RPI inflator is going to cost you an absolute sodding fortune comapred to a bond or even a bank loan.

The Housing Regulator even said in its polite fashion a version of don't be so bloody stupid:

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The regulator has particular concerns around sale and leaseback deals, under which a borrower pays an annual RPI-linked lease to an investor, typically over a 45-year period.

Jonathan Walters, deputy director for regulatory operations at the HCA, said landlords should talk to the regulator at an early stage in negotiations.

 

https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/news/hca-warns-landlords-over-rpi-linked-loans-33739

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Typical council, blitz the place for some pie in the sky vision of scrumptious shopping, meanwhile only their brand new civic centre is ever built, strange that

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3 minutes ago, Panther said:

Typical council, blitz the place for some pie in the sky vision of scrumptious shopping, meanwhile only their brand new civic centre is ever built, strange that

They've bought up shedloads of land down this end too.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.5184318,-2.1431456,3a,75y,135.93h,91.25t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1FSMEq6tcxbDtvMUyo35fQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

All that green bit with nothing on it. 

And this is where the cinema was
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.5189536,-2.1433835,3a,75y,256.7h,93.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1spanGYo4wAt1zejWd5OV9OA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

At one point plans included an electric car sales room! 

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