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Annan’s common assets come in at £2.2 million

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Annan’s common assets come in at £2.2 million

TWENTY assets worth over £2.2 million are in the care of Annan Common Good Committee.

The full list of ‘subjects included in the register of Annan Common Good assets’ was the focus of an update given to councillors this week, along with their most recent valuations. They are:

  • No 6 Historic Resource Centre in Bank Street
  • Annan Town Hall
  • Land adjacent to No 16 and lock up garage sites (3 garages) in Battery Street
  • Ornamental gardens, Battery Street
  • The Everholm Pavilion and play area
  • Public toilets in Downies Wynd
  • Lock up garage sites, Downies Wynd
  • Galabank Caravan Site
  • Galabank Football Ground
  • The scout hut site car park, Galabank
  • Greenhowe allotments, Garbits
  • Seaforth Parks DSO
  • John Bell playing fields
  • The John Bell Allotments
  • Murray Street car park
  • The harbour, Port Street
  • Jubilee Gardens, Port Street
  • Part of the gardens, Seaforth Avenue
  • Fish House and field, Whinnyrigg
  • The Victoria Hall Complex

And they range in value from £850,000 for the town hall, £785,000 for Galabank football ground and £100,000 for the Victoria Halls, down to nil for the Jubilee Gardens, John Bell playing field, the harbour and the ornamental gardens as they are viewed as community assets.

Explaining further the ownership set up, ward worker Jamie Nicolson said: “Common Good land and/or buildings and other assets are owned by the local authority. Ownership is absolute in the strict sense that the authority holds legal title to it. However, what the authority can do with the land is subject to a system of statutory control.

“In particular, Common Good property is administered under rules that relate to the interests of the people who live in the former burgh. The council has a legal obligation to have “regard to the interests of the inhabitants of the area to which the Common Good formerly relates” when making any decision about Common Good land.”

Meanwhile, the balance of the Common Good Fund itself was £258,291 as of March 2020.

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