At the West CC meeting in the Academy on Tuesday Night Bill Young raised concerns about Common Good Funds. He said:
He questioned once again the annual sum of £9,000 that the Common Good Fund pays to the Fisheries Board. He said that it was unclear why the Common Good Fund is paying that instead of the Council. He also asked if the Common Good was any closer to a management strategy.
Cllr Liz MacDonald replied that it was because of the lease that the angling association have that we have to pay nine thousand pounds.
Bill came back: “The lease is with the Council not with the Common Good Fund.” Bill also said he was waiting for an answer on correspondence on this point.
He then said: “The second thing is, with Sandown waiting in the wings, the property market is picking up again so at some stage we will want to attract and realise the asset. Are we any closer to a management strategy which has been on the agenda for some considerable time?”
Liz MacDonald then said: “This month we had a meeting with the wetlands group as well to promote to them the idea of what we are going to do in that field and I probably think we would want to take forward a strategy if it had community support.”
Bill then said: “I don’t want to get involved too much in the wetlands but it doesn’t seem to me the best use of a Common Good asset.”
Liz continued: “We had a section of that land set aside for housing within the charrette process that was undertaken and that is a part that we have to take forward...”
Bill said: “I would like to see that in the context of what else is planned for Sandown not just little bits at a time because that is part of the reason we seem to have got to this mess. We carve little bits with no overall strategy as to how it is supposed to all fit together.”
Liz went on to say that they were hoping to take forward proposals but they had been advised quite strongly by officers not to take anything forward without community support.