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By Tara O’Connor, native democracy reporter

The Croydon Park Hotel is without doubt one of the 15 sites set to be offered off by the council because it faces a serious monetary disaster.

Croydon Council purchased the resort for £30m in 2018, but it surely went into administration final summer season.

It was a controversial buy and the choice was slammed as ‘inherently flawed’ by the council’s personal auditors Grant Thornton.

The 210-room resort is about to be marketed on the market this spring, with bids to shut in August.

The last choice on a purchaser will probably be made later this yr.

At a gathering final week, shadow cupboard member for finance, Jason Cummings, stated: “The buy of the Croydon Park Hotel has been one which has attracted a variety of remark and controversy from the very begin.

“As the council is now divesting themselves from this funding, can we now settle for that this wasn’t a good suggestion and the council is best off with out it.”

Cabinet member for Croydon renewal, Stuart King, stated the council’s “threat urge for food” has modified to mirror the circumstances it’s in.

An interim asset disposal technique has now been permitted and earmarks 15 sites that the council needs to promote off.

Before any future gross sales are agreed, officers will develop a enterprise case, obtain an unbiased property valuation, give particulars of any necessities to perform public session and appoint specialist property brokers to market the sites.

Councillor Stuart King, Croydon Council’s deputy chief and cupboard member for Croydon renewal, stated: “The council has quite a few sites we now not want which might usher in much-needed earnings and cut back costly operating prices if we had been to promote them.

“This technique provides the council a clearer course of round deciding how to get greatest worth for Croydon taxpayers on promoting in the correct method and on the proper time sites that we now not require.”

The different 14 sites set to be offered, embrace some unused sites and several other that had been earmarked for improvement by council-owned developer Brick by Brick.

The firm, which was loaned greater than £200 million by the council, goes ot be closed down and can solely full 29 developments underneath contract, most of that are set to be completed by October this yr.

The following 14 sites are on the checklist:

Glazier House, Birdhurst Road, South Croydon

The former hostel was most just lately utilized by the council’s early assist group which is relocating to New Addington.

Heath Lodge, Grangewood Park, Thornton Heath

In January 2020, Croydon Council scrapped plans to promote off this empty park keepers lodge after fierce opposition from locals. The council thinks that it might price £150,000 to refurbish the lodge.

TAVR, Broadcoombe, Monks Hill

The empty group constructing is made up of six linked portacabins and out of doors space.

Edgecoombe, Monks Hill

A cleared web site adjoining the park which was previously used as a scout hut and group constructing.

2 Godstone Road, Kenley

A former residential constructing that has fallen into disrepair and has main structural points. Property web site Zoopla estimates it has a worth of £529,000.

Drayton Road, Croydon Old Town

A former group constructing in the back of a brand new group centre, it was earmarked to be developed by Brick by Brick however was but to obtain planning permission.

Kempfield, Reedham Park Drive, Kenley

Former kids’s residence which was closed down in 2010. This was one of many Brick by Brick sites handed again to the council, 19 flats had been proposed for the positioning however no planning permission was granted.

Beulah Family Church annexe, Thornton Heath

Currently used as a daycare facility for adults with disabilities

Former Buffer Bear web site, New Addington

Cleared former group use web site.

Former CALAT Coulsdon, Malcolm Road and Coulsdon Community Centre, Barrie Close web site

The pair are linked and set to be offered collectively. The outdated CALAT Centre, a former college constructing with parking, is presently occupied by property guardians. It was one other Brick by Brick web site with planning permission, together with for a brand new well being centre. Coulsdon Community Centre would want to be relocated.

Garage Site, Windmill Road

Former garages had been set to be developed by Brick by Brick and had planning permission.

Peter Sylvester Centre, South Croydon

This day centre for adults with disabilities has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Goldcrest Youth Centre, New Addington

The council says this constructing which is used to present youth companies is dear to preserve and the brand new Timebridge Centre might be used as a substitute.

Turnaround Centre/Cavendish House, South End Croydon

Nine years in the past this eighties workplace block was transformed to present floor flooring assembly/consulting rooms, two flooring of workplaces and kitchen/assembly rooms on third flooring.

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