Refusal to reveal buyer a disgrace

THE refusal by Nottinghamshire County Council to reveal who has bought the old Greasley Beauvale School is a slap in the face to the residents of Eastwood and Lawrence fans across the world.

When pushed by the Advertiser, the county council steadfastly refused to budge citing confidentiality reasons.

But this is not just a normal building sale.

This is a public building that has been sold.

It was funded by us, the taxpayers, and as a result we should have a right to know who has bought the school and what their plans for the future are.

It is an absolute disgrace that the authority would hide such an important decision behind a shroud of mystery.

Part of any deal to sell the building should have included a proviso that they reveal who they sold it to and what they intend to do with it.

It is all well and good telling local people to go to the Land Registry but that costs money.

It is the council’s duty to complete a sale like this in the most open and transparent way.

Now there is no suggestion that whoever has bought the site will cause any problems in relation to the site – whether it is leaving it empty for years to come or attempting madcap schemes which could harm its heritage.

But it is the not knowing that is the problem.

Without actually speaking to those now in possession of the site, those fears will remain.

Peter Hemmett

Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser Editor