Riverside Centre deal agreed

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


A LINE has been drawn under the 'disruption and aggravation' that has plagued the Riverside Centre in recent years.

The Isle of Wight Council executive has approved a community asset transfer of the Newport building to a trust led by Riverside Centre Ltd, the charity that currently runs the centre, ending a bitter row with the previous Tory administration over the lease.

The executive agreed last night (Tuesday) to lease the centre for 125 years at a peppercorn rent, and waive three years of unpaid rent. It is hoped the move will secure the centre's future as a hub for disabled people, those with long-term health conditions and carers.

Cllr Jon Gilbey, executive member for resources, said the centre had suffered enough disruption and aggravation in recent years.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, on Friday, June 13.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by roger mazillius

13th June 2014, at 14:27:08

You can say that Mike, I could not possibly comment!

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by Mike Crowe

13th June 2014, at 09:03:01

Might it not be a good idea to say 'The past is the past and the clock cannot be wound back. Let's get on with the future and all pull together'?

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by roger mazillius

13th June 2014, at 08:08:23

Sorry again Steve but now you are saying it was gifted as a tax saving - so who saved tax? Just a load of nonsense I have to say!
That of course also makes a nonsense of your "analogy" so back to square one.
Mind you it is surprising that there is a deafening silence from those responsible for the history of the building and subsequent running of the Riverside. Collective amnesia or just hoping the present scenario will soon be forgotten?
I think we should be told, don't you?

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by Steve Smith

13th June 2014, at 07:16:04

Roger, I'm not going to keep going round and round stating the obvious that IWC never bought, built, designed The Riverside Centre just that it was gifted as a tax saving.

Try this analogy, You and your wife are living in and own a £1M house, so to avoid death duties you gift it to your son. The next week your son says, Dad, I've looked at the market and a fair rent for the house is £3K per month. I sure you would think that very fair!

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by roger mazillius

12th June 2014, at 18:40:49

Sorry to disagree Steve but it could not have operated without the substantial capital input from the IWC. Why do you think the Trustees agreed the Lease with the Council when according to you there was no Council input or rights whatsoever over the building? Why did they agree to the rent in the first place?
The rightful owners are the IWC and the Island taxpayers. I have no trouble and never had in recognising the voluntary sector input which was why a much lower than market rent was agreed by the IWC and the Trustees.
May I sincerely point you in the direction of the Trustees and eg Cllr Smart in particular as the long-standing Chair of the Trustees. The interests of several Cllrs, make this whole "gift" the most questionable I have ever known in 20 years as a L.G. Councillor.
I hope other Cllrs. will refer this to the Audit Commission and also the Police. It is an outrage which should not go unchallenged!

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by Steve Smith

12th June 2014, at 17:00:01

Roger, you can keep saying it, if it makes you happy, but it never was a council asset! It was built and paid for by grants, donations and fundrasing by the Riverside Centre. Therefore not a free building by any means. The same avenue is open to all other charities if they want a building. This one has been returned to it's rightful owners.

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by roger mazillius

12th June 2014, at 11:27:00

Too soon TJ!

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by roger mazillius

12th June 2014, at 11:26:28

There will be many IW counciltaxpayers who will see this as just a sop to the many vested interests of certain Councillors. So the answer to the mismanagement of the Centre is to give them the building and a six figure "cash" sum as an additional sweetener. Who says it doesn't pay to fail!?
How long before the Manager gets a big pay rise? Nothing short of a disgraceful misuse of a public asset.
If I was supplying similar services to the Riverside, I would now be asking the Council to give me a free building and a £100,000+ non-repayable grant. Why would they not or would it be the clearest case of favouring senior Councillors' own interests over their competitors and the taxpayer.
You could not find a more brazen example of the exercise of personal interests in public office. It matters not that "they" left the room - all this would have been stitched up with their comrades in the ruling group of "independent" Councillors! You couldn't make it up!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

12th June 2014, at 11:23:57

Maz is very quiet or have spoke to soon.

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by Marie Bevan

12th June 2014, at 10:16:26

That's GREAT NEWS !!!!!!!!!

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