COUNCIL chiefs spent £1m on a “stunning” six bedroom detached house to pave the way for the proposed Heysham-M6 link road – but now say they do not need the property.
The road scheme has changed since Lancashire County Council bought Shefferlands on Foundry Lane, Halton, in late 2009, with highways officials altering the scheme to slash the costs from £139m at the request of the Government.
And the alterations mean the council did not need to buy the property, which boasts four stables, an orchard, extensive gardens, several reception rooms and electric entrance gates.
It says legislation meant it was obliged to strike a deal to buy the house because an area of the garden was needed for a cutting for the new northbound on-slip road at junction 34 of the M6.
In the original design, the council hoped to save £1m by using bedrock to support the cutting rather than building a retaining wall, but that would have used a small portion of the Shefferlands garden.
See the Lancaster Guardian (22-04-11) for full story.