Complaint from a man about the process the council followed when he bid to use a disused community centre.
Complaint from a man about the process the council followed when he bid to use a disused community centre. A previous investigation found that the council wrongly denied the complainant the opportunity to make a bid to use the community centre and neighbouring field. He has now complained that despite his bid scoring the highest, the council failed to award the use of the land and centre to his bid.
The Ombudsman upheld the complaint and found fault causing injustice.
To remedy the injustice the council has agreed to:
- review the Cabinet's decision taking only relevant considerations into account;
- properly reconsider working with the highest scoring bidder. If this does not prove to be viable the council should confirm its decision to sell the community centre. The Ombudsman expects this process to be completed and the decision confirmed to her within three months. The decision should then be communicated to the man and the other bidders;
- pay the man £500 for his time and trouble in having to complain for a second time.
Ombudsman satisfied with council's response: 20 February 2014