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Leader of Burntwood Town Council promises taxpayer money won’t be wasted

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has promised residents that money will not be wasted on his watch.

Old Mining College Centre

Old Mining College Centre

The Conservative-controlled council has drawn up proposals to spend more than £53,000 on improvements to its Old Mining College Centre headquarters.

It comes after a previous plan was put on hold in July.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

But Cllr Pullen insisted the proposals were not set in stone – and added that a clear case needed to be made for each item before any cheques are signed off.

“Where possible we will be using money provided by developers as part of their section 106 obligations, as well as earmarked reserves,” Cllr Pullen said.

“I can give the residents of Burntwood my personal assurance that there will be no profligacy, and that every pound spent will have a solid business case behind it.”

The plans to give the Old Mining College Centre a makeover have come as part of the town council’s plans to improve the usage of the building.

Cllr Pullen said that while some work was necessary in order to ensure the continual use of the building, other uses could be found for it with the right investment.

“As well as obligations as tenants of the building, we have multiple opportunities to both generate revenue and enhance the functionality of the OMCC as a community hub,” he said.

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  1. Some bloke

    7th November, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Cllr Pullen is decent and honest. He’s also much smarter that many of the other Councillors. He listens. The Old Mining College is in need of a bit of TLC and a good resource for the town. It needs to be looked after.

  2. Jack Jones

    9th November, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I totally agree with @Some bloke, Mr Pullen continues to display the professionalism that is expected of elected officials. The council bought the building a few years ago, and since then it has been vastly underutilised. Is the building for businesses? Community groups? Public? No one knows. I doubt the people of Burntwood even know they, indirectly, own the building.

  3. Some bloke

    9th November, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The freehold is owned by Staffordshire County Council. It was leased as derelict by Lichfield District Council in the late 1990s. Restored and successful for some time and used as office space, and used by local community groups for the next decade. 30 local jobs, the credit union was founded there, CAB, Age Concern, Burntwood Live at Home based there. Footfall over 20,000 a year. It cost the Council around £30K a year and that could have been offset to nothing. But it was neglected by LDC. Burntwood TC took it on, negotiated a longer lease and now want to invest in it. Lots of opportunity for good investment that will pay off massively for the town. That’s the short version. Cllr Pullen is doing the right thing and applying Council funding in the right place. He deserves the support and confidence of everyone. He is a good man. Back him up and get behind him.

  4. Steve Norman

    10th November, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Only trouble is the headline for this article.

    After all the Chairman, of the Policy and Resources Committee, Cllr Pullen himself, was not at the meeting last night or even at the one before on the 7th of September. The agenda at that one lists energy suppliers to the OMC, the draft business plan, advertising at Chasetown Football Club, the Review of Financial Regulations or the Duties of the Responsible Financial Officer amongst other expenditure items.

    Don’t you have to be in it to win it or in this case be there to keep an eye on finances?