Issue details

Endorsement: Community Asset Transfer Leases


The County Council’s Asset Management Strategy supports the principle of the transfer of community assets in order to empower and strengthen local communities. The Council believes that transferring appropriate public assets to communities leads to more responsive services that better meet local people’s priorities. Two vacant properties have been identified as suitable for Community Asset Transfer:

·         Phoenix Centre, Westloats Lane, North Bersted, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5JD

·         Bognor Regis Find It Out Centre, Church Path, Glamis Street, Bognor Regis, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1DB

These have been declared surplus to operational requirements following the redesign of the Council’s Early Help Centres (CAB02_21/222).


Constituted community groups, charitable organisations, voluntary groups and Town and Parish Councils working in partnership with local community groups have been invited to apply for transfer of these properties.  The Council is looking to work with suitable organisations that are able to demonstrate, through a selection process, the ability to take on, manage and maintain these assets through a Full Repairing and Insuring Lease, with terms to be agreed, subject to contract.   Providing a suitable proposal comes forward, two preferred lessees will be chosen.


The Cabinet Member for Finance and Property will be asked to approve the granting of a lease of over 14 years in term at nil rent of each of the two properties.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: Bersted; Bognor Regis East;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/03/2022

Decision due: July 2022 by Cabinet Member for Finance and Property

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Finance and Property

Contact: Elaine Sanders, Property Services Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 25605.

Consultation process

Representation can be made via the officer contact.


WSCC News Press Release Community expressions of interest open for three youth centres - West Sussex County Council

WSCC Website Link - Community Asset Transfer | Your Voice West Sussex

Consultees – The Local Member for each property


Democratic Services Contact: Suzannah Hill Tel: 033 022 22551

Background papers

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