I am pleased to say that officers relented on their wish to keep secret the costs of keeping Castle Toward empty. I was given an apology because the information had already been the subject of a Freedom of Information request, which is fine, but it still doesn’t work for me that the elected member of the ward in which the property is, finds it hard to get the figures.
There is no need for me to do anything other than paste below what I got the other day. It’s still a huge sum of money but the daily costs have come down due to the non-recurring costs being calculated over the longer period. The period is 23 August 2013 to 20 July 2016.
What the figures omit is the council officer time devoted to this property, which must be substantial. Perhaps Alan Stewart’s numbers were about right once officer time and travel are factored in, but who knows, because this isn’t counted.
There is no doubt, though, that had there been any willingness whatsoever to make the community buyout succeed, these costs would have been much less. It is still utterly shameful what has happened.
(a) Security – £538,612.97
(b) Maintenance and Repairs including asbestos removal – £57,398.38
(c) Utilities – Heating oil – £40,740.84; Electricity – £11,231.19
(d) Ground Maintenance – £16,306
(e) Internal charges – £0
(f) Any other costs not specified above but which relate directly to the property or its grounds – Insurance – £32,372.09