Decision details

Decision on award of a contract to a new operator for the Entry Hill Golf Course site following an OJEU procurement process

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A procurement exercise has been completed for a new operator for the Entry Hill Golf course site. A tender report detailing the process that has followed, the evaluation criteria, the finals scores for each bidder and the recommendation to appoint the highest scoring bid.


RESOLVED (unanimously) that the Cabinet support the appointment of Company E as the Council’s preferred bidder. The preferred bidder will engage with the local community on their proposals and once terms are agreed final contracts will be completed, after a standstill period of 10 days.



Reasons for the decision:

Following Decision E 3201 on July 22nd to run an open procurement exercise to seek a new operator for the Entry Hill site this report sets out the process followed and makes a recommendation to appoint a preferred bidder. 

The decision also resolved to delegate to the Director of Environment authority to appoint a contractor in accordance with the Council’s prescribed governance and procurement process in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Finance and Communities

At this stage of the procurement process Council has the option of appointing the highest scoring bidder or choosing not to proceed with the process.  Procurement rules do not allow a lower scoring bid to be selected or the ability to select parts of different bids to achieve a different solution.

Once a preferred bidder is appointed they will engage with the local community on their proposals before final contracts are signed to consider refinements to their tender.  The tender will however have to remain substantially similar to that submitted and evaluated.


Alternative options considered:

None.  The procurement process has made an assessment of all of the available opportunities.

The Council could decide to retain the existing arrangement.  The decision to go to tender was taken following consideration of existing use and the medium-term financial plans.


Report author: Marc Higgins

Publication date: 11/02/2021

Date of decision: 11/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/02/2021

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