Norfolk scraps plans to sell-off 21 homes
Norfolk County Council has abandoned its plan to sell-off 21 homes for the elderly after a poor response from potential buyers. The council had hoped to raise Â£5 million from the sales and use the money to modernise seven other homes which it intended to keep. The council will now approach district councils and housing associations to form partnerships to run the homes and delay the refurbishment of the seven homes it has retained. A report to the council said the low bids were due to “a depressed market as a number of other authorities around East Anglia are carrying out similar exercises.” Joan Fowler, Labour chair of the social services committee denied that the scrapping of the sale plan was a U-turn. “If we had not done it in the beginning we would have been accused of selling off the family silver without getting the best value,” Cr Fowler said. The proposed sales had been strongly opposed by residents and staff at the homes.