Eight surprising small businesses owned by your local council

Tuesday 2nd June, 2015

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The Taxpayers Alliance has published a report outlining some of the more peculiar assets owned by local councils. Here are the top small businesses on the list.

1. A wet fish stall

 

If you live in Nigel Farage’s old stomping ground of Thanet, the district council is the proud owner of a Wet Fish Stall in the local market .

Image: John Sheldon

2. A cheese factory

 

North of the border, one of the quirkier council ownerships is a cheese factory in Dumfries and Galloway.

3. A sawmill

 

One of the more traditional businesses on the list is a sawmill in the Midland town of Bromsgrove. The perfect antidote to council cuts.

Image: Darron Birgenheier

4. Pigeon lofts

 

A real coup. It’s a set of pigeon lofts in the district of Copeland in the Lake District.

5. A model railway

 

Proof that council spending has gone off the rails. Gravesham Borough Council owns a model railway.

6. A betting shop

 

A hot favourite for council ownership in the last 12 months -- a betting shop in Thurrock.

7. A bingo hall

 

Bidding to make it a full house of small businesses, Nottingham City Council took up ownership of a bingo club in the city.

Image: Play Among Friends PAF

8. The only way is clubbing in Essex

 

Harlow Council is the proud owner of ‘Seen’ in Harlow, a nightclub labelled ‘Essex’s most chic and sophisticated clubbing destination’.