Joint sale reaps rewards

Swanley Town Council has recently exchanged contracts for the sale of its Woodlands property in a joint sale with Sevenoaks District Council who also owned a small parcel of land adjoining the same site.

The joint sale will yield £4.250 million and see Swanley Town Council gain £3.1 million from its land and building which it will be using to support new developments around the town and to carry out essential repairs to existing facilities.

Mayor of Swanley Councillor Lesley Dyball said ‘this will be a significant benefit for local residents in the future and allow us to positively support projects which local residents will benefit from’.

The sale to Oakland Swanley Care Home Limited will see up to 80 care flats built on the site where the town council previously ran banqueting facilities and events.

The town council has been making significant changes to its operation over the last 18 months and are currently engaged in talks with local residents and developers about new facilities in the town.

The CEO of Swanley Town Council Mr Steve Nash said ‘this is an exciting time for the town and this is a significant amount of funding which councillors will allocate to local projects in the future’.

Added to other approaches made to the town council a professional basketball club in the area wants to build a multi-million pound facility in the town which will accommodate many local sports clubs and groups and already has the support of town councillors.

The town council is also exploring the idea of running its own cemetery using land which has recently been handed back by local farmers and establishing weekly craft markets in the town centre.

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