Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting.

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTION

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

At this point in the meeting declarations of interest are received from Members in any of the agenda items under consideration at the meeting. Members are asked to indicate:

(a) The agenda item number in which they have an interest to declare.

(b) The nature of their interest.

(c) Whether their interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an other interest,  (as defined in Part 2, A and B of the Code of Conduct and Rules for Registration of Interests)

Any Member who needs to clarify any matters relating to the declaration of interests is recommended to seek advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officeror a member of his staff before the meeting to expedite dealing with the item during the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

TO ANNOUNCE ANY URGENT BUSINESS AGREED BY THE CHAIR

The Chair will announce any items of urgent business accepted since the agenda was prepared under the Access to Information provisions.

Minutes:

The Chair explained that he had agreed to consider one item of urgent business at this meeting.  Members were asked to give approval for the Council’s Legal Department to act for both the Trust and the Council to finalise the lease for the skate park in Alice Park.  This would avoid the Trust incurring any further legal charges. The reason for urgency was that a decision needed to be made prior to the next meeting to enable the lease to be finalised.

 

The Legal Services Manager explained that the Trust has received independent legal advice regarding the lease for the skate park from VWV Solicitors.  The Charity Commission had given approval for the Trust to enter into the lease.  The lease must now be registered with the Land Registry and approval was being sought for the Council’s legal team to act on both sides of the transaction. 

 

In response to a question from Cllr Myers, the Chair confirmed that this was purely a process and not a negotiation.  He also confirmed that if there were to be any changes to the Heads of Terms then the Sub-Committee would be consulted on these.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  To agree that the Council’s legal team act for both the Alice Park Trust and the Council to finalise the lease for the skate park in Alice Park.

 

(2)  To delegate authority to the Democratic Services Officer, in consultation with the Chair, to approve the completion of the lease.

5.

ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC - TO RECEIVE DEPUTATIONS, STATEMENTS, PETITIONS OR QUESTIONS

Minutes:

The Chair informed the Sub-Committee that some questions had been received from Carly McKeever.  The questions had been circulated to members of the Sub-Committee and made available to the public on the Council website.

 

Responses would be prepared and circulated within five working days of this meeting.

Questions and Responses - Carly McKeever pdf icon PDF 69 KB

6.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 22 JANUARY 2020 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2020 were confirmed as a correct record.

7.

Update Report and Recommendations regarding the Alice Park Cafe Lease

The Sub-Committee is asked to consider a report (to follow) regarding the Alice Park Café lease.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report which provided an update on the Alice Park Café lease negotiations following the meeting held on 22 January 2020 and advised members of the following issues:

 

·  A summary of discussions with the current tenant.

·  A proposal to discontinue with a marketing strategy and to deal directly with the tenant.

 

Cllr Appleyard informed the Sub-Committee that lease terms have been discussed and negotiated which provide a good position for both the Trust and the current tenant.  There was a will on both sides to move forward.

 

Graham Page and Cllr Myers requested that, if negotiations failed and there was subsequently a need to revert to openly marketing the tenancy as originally planned, then this should be discussed at a Sub-Committee meeting prior to any action being taken.  This would give members the opportunity to review the situation and to reconsider the trading terms if necessary.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  To enter into direct negotiations with the current tenant.

 

(2)  To delegate to the Corporate Property Officer, in consultation with the Chair of the Sub-Committee, the authority to finalise the terms and to ensure completion of the necessary legal documents and formalities with the current tenant, if satisfactory terms are negotiated.  This may require a tenancy at will (or appropriate document) to be put in place whilst the lease is documented.