South Somerset in Wales
South Somerset District Council has announced yet another property deal. This time they are investing in Newport South Wales. Good news for the local economy in Newport. The unit which was purchased for £2.7m is a distribution hub for toymaker Hasbro.
Are there then no suitable investment opportunities in South Somerset?
You might ask if the lack of good opportunities on their doorstop is an indictment of SSDC’s industrial and commercial policy. If the council were developing and promoting innovation and commerce in its own back yard with an effective policy, there would presumably be many more property investment opportunities.
As it is the council has now spent over £40m on investments in property all around the country in the past 12 months. And because of the delegated authority SSDC awarded itself, not one of these investments has been taken to full council for approval. And the scrutiny committee which can only scrutinise AFTER and investment decision had been taken and committed, is in any case controlled by the ruling LibDems. This is in contravention of best practise and the advice of the National Audit Office.