Repairs to barn might mean £30k to taxpayer
THE taxpayer could be forced to stump up almost £30,000 to refurbish an Edenbridge barn used to store odds and ends.
Mowshurst Barn is owned by Edenbridge Town Council but is only used for storage, yet a report says repairs could cost around £28,000.
Councillor John Scholey said the council should speak to a district council planning officer for advice and have the site demolished.
He added: "To my mind, this building isn't worth £28,000 as well as the business rates."
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The barn is used to store the town council's unused fence posts, sand bags and other items.
It is also rented by a resident who pays £540 a year. The council pays £1,732.50 in business rates every year.
In a report for the council, community warden Richard Gordon said a building survey done six months ago had recommended various inspections and work, including a new roof. This work could not be done until the council had committed to having the full inspection done, at a cost of £630.