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Public to come up with ideas for court

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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A NEW Government scheme could see members of the public come up with ideas for how to make use of the vacant Burton County Court building.

The Right to Contest scheme will give people the power to have ‘more say’ and be able to submit applications challenging the use of sites.

This comes only weeks after the Mail revealed that £3,683 of taxpayers money a month is being used to maintain the building in Station Street.

Chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander said: “We are accepting applications from the public contesting the use of public land and property.

“I would encourage people to submit an application if they know of any government sites which could be put to better economic use. We will sell them back to the community and local businesses at a fair price.

“This can be done using a simple form explaining why they believe a site could be put to better economic use.”

Applicants will need to say why they believe the site is potentially surplus, and only if the location is vital for operational use or there are overriding reasons will it not be released.

Applications will go before a committee comprising ministers from the treasury, cabinet office and the landholding department.

Cases will not be left solely to individual departments to consider.

The Department for Communities and Local Government will still receive applications challenging local authorities’ use of land and property.

More information is available online at http://tinyurl.com/ooogu3r

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