Eype Beach near Bridport – part of Dorset’s world-famous Jurassic Coast – is to be sold by West Dorset District Council.
The beach’s value is reckoned by the council to be £1, although it is possible that more would have to be paid.
The proposed sale is part of a series of property disposals that West Dorset District Council hopes will bring in £1.5 million.
In response to a query from Real West Dorset, a council spokesperson said: ”As part of its Asset Management Plan, West Dorset District Council’s technical services team has conducted a general review of the council’s property assets.
“Reviews such as this ensure that the council adopts a strategic approach to managing its property and is prudent given the current economic climate.
“Eype Beach does not provide an income to the council but the property does have associated management costs and legal liabilities. The report therefore concludes that there is no reason why the council should continue to own it and recommends that it is sold.
“The lack of income generated by the beach accounts for the low asset value recorded in the report. However, this is not an indication of what a buyer may pay for the property.
“The council has an obligation to its council tax payers to get the best return it can from its assets and the capital obtained from the sale of property pays for the capital investments that the council makes into the local community.”
The proposed sale of Eype Beach is part of a series of property disposals that West Dorset District Council hopes will bring in £1.5 million.
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