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So the fewer people knew of it, the fewer people used it,” Cllr Foley said.
Others spaces sold off in Uttlesford include land in School Lane in Newport, part of a primary school playing field in Carmet Street in Great Chesterford, the former Takeley Youth Centre in Dunmow Road and land in Stebbing Road.
Fairfield Court in Braintree, the former site of the town’s police station, magistrates court and ECC’s field archaeology unit, was disposed of in 2015 and turned into 14 homes.
Witham Family Centre was sold in 2017 and turned into flats and Writtle Wick Family Centre in Chelmsford also sold for £880,000.
A community resource centre in Colchester was sold by ECC to a developer in 2015.
Inland Homes want to build 66 homes on the site in Brook Street.
Previously, such one-off monies had to be used to fund the purchase of new assets.
Andrew Gwynne, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, said: “This analysis reiterates what we saw in February’s local government settlement: this is a crisis of the Tories own making, forcing councils to sell libraries, youth centres and playing fields to make ends meet.“For nine years, Ministers have sat in meetings in Whitehall and cut funding to councils hundreds of miles away, never having to see the library that is closed, the potholes that go unfixed and the elderly people that go without care as a result.Cllr Foley, who has been a councillor for 25 years, said: “What has been happening, plain and simple, is some councils are selling off the family silver and often in a very underhand way.” Debden Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, near Saffron Walden, was sold by ECC in 2016 after an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection in 2015.It was turned into an academy and is now run by Great Oak Multi-Academy Trust.Martin Foley, district councillor for Thaxted and The Eastons, is a former governor of North and West Essex Adult Education Colleges which Clarence House was part of before being sold off.“I am not against selling assets that are not needed anymore, however in the case of Clarence House in Thaxted there was a crafty planned reduction in services and marketing of the building as at the time it was used as an adult education college, and a library, which just a few years before boasted around 500 part-time students.