Delays in sales could bring Wirral Council some much-needed cash

The sale of two plots of land which could bring hundreds of thousands of pounds to Wirral Council has been delayed.

The authority’s economy, regeneration and housing committee was due to approve proposals to hand over its freehold interest in Dominick House, Liscard, for £230,000 and land on Cross Lane, Wallasey, for £150,000 at its meeting on Monday evening. However, it was confirmed that due to an impending by-election in Liscard, the Dominick House transaction would be put on hold.

The continuation of the sale of Cross Lane is now also postponed due to technical problems. Committee chairman Cllr Tony Jones said further reports on the issues would be presented to the group.

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Cllr Ian Lewis said while he understands the postponement of cases in Liscard he was “concerned for a number of reasons” about the halt in proceedings around Cross Lane. The Tory MP for Wallasey said he had cast doubt in the minds of people looking to buy and sell properties on Cross Lane and felt there had been no adequate notification to ward councilors .

He said: “Further delays will cause further problems for residents.” Alan Evans, Regeneration and Venue Manager, said the matter had been delayed as the council was working on technical issues with its local plan and would return to the committee at its next meeting.

An election is being held in the Liscard district following the resignation of Dave Brennan, just over 12 months after being elected. Mr Brennan, who said he would continue to campaign for Labour, resigned earlier this month for personal reasons.

Voters will go to the polls in the ward on Thursday July 14 and as a result full ownership of Dominick House will remain under council auspices until then at least. Liscard is currently a safe seat for Labor and the party will expect to retain it when voters go to the polls.

Wirral Council is seeking to dispose of Dominick House ‘to generate capital income from the sale of the council interest and to enable the tenant to have a sufficient legal interest in the property to justify its refurbishment’. According to an internal report, its sale of land in Cross Lane “would provide a major business investment and job creation opportunity for West Wallasey Car and Van Hire (WWCVH)”.

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