Friday April 3, 2020

Gormley wants independent valuations in state land deals

Environment minister John Gormley will instruct local councils to obtain independent valuations before voting to dispose of public lands, in a move to increase transparency at local authority level.

14th March, 2009

The minister will tell local authority managers that only in exceptional, justified circumstances should valuation reports not be obtained. ‘‘Having the benefit of considering professional, independent valuation reports should prove to be of assistance to councillors and help ensure best practice and transparency,” said the Green Party leader. ‘‘It also assures the public all efforts are made to maximise the price for land.”

The move was welcomed by Vincent...

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