Image source, Geograph / Adrian Cable Image caption, Attleborough City Council has learned that Boy Scouts are subletting a council room for birthday parties, despitepay rent
A Boy Scout group hasn't paid rent for 30 years, a review of a council's leases has revealed.
The information came to light after the mayor of Attleborough City Council reviewed nine leases with businesses and community groups.
One of the longest-running cases involved Scouts in Attleborough who appeared to have paid no rent since 1991.
A motion in 2016 said that 'he should pay according to the rent paid by the petanque club - currently around £ 770 per year.
In a meeting, councilors were told that the agreements had not been reached been overhauled for years, while others had lapsed completely, meaning council got no income from them.
Mayor Philip Leslie, who investigated the leases , said "it didn't look very good ", the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported.
Councilor Taila Taylor said of the Boy Scouts: "I understand we have not had any income from it yet, but they sublet, they have party parties. birthday.
"I guess they don't let these people use it for free, they take money but they don't give us anything - which I think is ruthless .
"I think we should kick them out.
This view was echoed by Councilor Sue Marsh, who said that the accounts of the Scout Association were available online and had the money.
Image source, Image caption, Attleborough Scouts have paid no rent since 1991 according to City Council
It was also revealed that the Pavilion Nursery, which is run by City Councilor Vera Dale, had been given a 25-year lease in 2016 by the former city clerk, without any approval from councilors.
Other leases included the Town Hall Bar and the Andy Free parking lot in next to Dairy Farm Court, which had paid no loyer since the end of the lease in 2019.
It was also found that the council paid insurance for the buildings of the two petanque clubs, which belonged to the clubs.
The club city football club, which plays on Station Road, had found new tenants without consulting the council, which Ms Taylor called "crazy.
The mayor has promised to release a report explaining how the situation had occurred.
Attleborough Scouts and Vera Dale were contacted for comment.
In 2020, the council was forced to pay £ 114,000 taxpayers 'money in damages and legal costs for false accusations of intimidation against two advisers.
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