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Decision details

DL-01-19: Grant of 125 year lease of Canberra Youth and Development Centre, 56b, Spa Road, Melksham, SN12 7NY

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Heritage, Arts & Tourism, Housing Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek authority for the transfer by way of a 125-year lease of the Youth and Development Centre to Young Melksham, a local registered charity who have been the tenant for the past 3 years.



I approve the decision as set out in the report to transfer the Canberra Centre at 56b Spa Road, Melksham, SN12 7NY to Young Melksham, a local charity, who provide services for children, young people and their families in Melksham


This decision was published on 12 February 2019 and will come into force on 20 February 2019.


Reasons for the decision:

To continue to support/provide youth services in Melksham in a manner fully compliant with the Trust’s remit, whilst fully defraying the costs-in-use of the property.


Alternative options considered:

The subject property is Held in Trust by Wiltshire Council “…to be used for the promotion of social moral and physical wellbeing of boys and girls resident in the parishes of Melksham and Melksham Without in the county of Wiltshire and the provision of facilities for social and physical training and recreation.”  This severely restricts its saleability on the Open Market and use of the receipt from a sale, since any disposal must be fully compliant with the requirements of the Trust, and may render it difficult to dispose of for any financial consideration.  Disposal to the existing tenant, whose continued use of the premises as a dedicated youth centre is so compliant, is considered to be the best option.


Other reasons / organisations consulted

Legal and Finance officers have been consulted prior to making this decision.


Contact: Email: derek.waddell@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 16/01/2019

Date of decision: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

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