Stoke & Staffordshire

Newcastle-Under-Lyme council plans land sell-off

Land and other council-owned assets are to be sold-off in part of Staffordshire in a bid to save more than £7m.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council said it was taking the action due to reduced Government funding.

The authority said the money would be used to help develop social housing, replace recycling vehicles and tackle a property maintenance backlog.

"We have had to make some tough decisions," council leader Gareth Snell said.

"We have tried very hard in recent years to restrict the effect of funding cuts on our residents.

"But, without the sales and the receipts that this disposal will bring in, some of the key services that touch the lives of our residents on a daily basis will inevitably suffer."

The authority's assets include 1,800 acres of land and 120 freehold buildings.

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