Sale of Billinge Parish Hall and subsequent purchase of new Church building

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Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,
Could you please pass this request onto the clerk at Billinge Parish Council, I have had a message back about the clerk retiring and I have tried to email them on their website/form without success.

Can you please advise the following:

How much the old Parish Hall on the corner of Pingot Road sold for?

The purchase price of the new church building?

and whether the sold/purchase price equates to a surplus or deficit (I am assuming deficit as the CH likely to be more expensive than the PH?) so, if that is the case how has the purchase of the church hall been funded? (ie the balance of the purchase price eg PWLB including interest rate and expected amount to be paid over the term)

Or, if there was a surplus, where is that money held?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hill

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Subject:Freedom of Information request - Sale of Billinge Parish Hall and
subsequent purchase of new Church building

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content is safe. Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Could you
please pass this request onto the clerk at Billinge Parish Council, I have
had a message back about the clerk retiring and I have tried to email them
on their website/form without success. Can you please advise the
following: How much the old Parish Hall on the corner of Pingot Road sold
for? The purchase price of the new church building? and whether the
sold/purchase price equates to a surplus or deficit (I am assuming deficit
as the CH likely to be more expensive than the PH?) so, if that is the
case how has the purchase of the church hall been funded? (ie the balance
of the purchase price eg PWLB including interest rate and expected amount
to be paid over the term) Or, if there was a surplus, where is that money
held? Thank you Yours faithfully, Wendy Hill
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Hazel Broatch,

Good Morning

Please note that this information is in the public domain as it is
included in the Parish Council's agreed budget for 2021/22 (which was
agreed at the Parish Council meeting in January 2021).

The sale price for Public Hall at Pingot Road £148,000.00
The purchase price for Wesley Methodist Church £190,250.00

The difference of £42,250 was funded from development and other reserve
--
Hazel Broatch
Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer
Billinge Chapel End Parish Council | The Public Hall | 216 Main Sreet|
Billinge | WN5 7PE |
mobile: 07483 325064
email: [email address]

St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Apologies we have been made aware of a technical issue and it appears that
some responses have not been sent through.  A response to this enquiry was
sent on 29 November 2021, but, in case you have not received this, I am
resending.

 

 

Christine Wilson

Freedom of Information Administrator

 

 

Response sent 29 November 2021

 

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