Decision details

Disposal of Ascot Heath Caretaker’s Bungalow

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To approve the disposal of the caretaker’s bungalow at Ascot Heath School and allocation of the resultant capital receipt.

Decision:

That the disposal of the caretaker’s bungalow at Ascot Heath school be approved with the governing body of the school retaining the full net receipts which would be swapped with the council for revenue funds to part repay the school’s accumulated revenue deficit.

Reasons for the decision:

The building was vacated in 2019 and in December 2019 the school governing body formally declared the building to be surplus to its requirements and requested the Council to dispose of the property.  On 7April 2020 the People Directorate DMT declared the bungalow surplus to requirements subject to the capital receipt being used to pay off the school’s debt to the Council.  Asset Management Board approval to dispose was received on 7 May 2020.

Alternative options considered:

Providing accommodation for an on-site caretaker is an option, however the Governing Body has indicated that, as part of their cost saving initiatives, they have decided not to employ an on-site caretaker.  They feel this role can be accomplished by someone not living on site, following the precedent set by other local schools.

 

Alternative non-school residential use is not possible without construction of a new access route to the bungalow from Rhododendron Walk to enable the bungalow to have its own separate access for safeguarding reasons.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Wards Affected: Ascot;

Financial Impact: Net capital receipt

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director:People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The Headteacher and Governing Body of Ascot Heath Primary School were consulted at meetings

Consultees

The Headteacher and Governing Body of Ascot Heath Primary

Contact: Paul Clark, Finance Business Partner Email: paul.clark@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 354054.

Publication date: 14/06/2022

Date of decision: 14/06/2022

Effective from: 22/06/2022

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