To consider the Policy for New Lake Encroachments.
The Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services reported that the Council had been looking at changing the policy for approval of lake encroachments.
He informed Members that currently when new applications were received, a report was drafted by the Delivery Commercial Manager for consideration by the Lake Administration Committee. In some cases new applications are brought to Committee despite the applicant owing significant sums of money to the Council and/or breaching the conditions of existing encroachments.
He confirmed that the new proposed procedure would delegate authority to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, as well as the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) and the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) to review the applications for any outstanding debt or historical breaches before they are brought to the Lake Administration Committee.
He finished by noting that the report had been considered by the Lake Administration Committee on the 2nd July 2021 and that it had been approved.
The Customer and Locality Services Portfolio Holder informed Members that he fully supported the report and recognised that there were a number of ongoing problems with encroachments.
Members positively responded to the report and noted that it would be a sensible and proportionate response to encroachment debts.
Members echoed concern which had been expressed at the ‘like for like’ description in the policy which it had been felt required clarification and amendment. It was also felt that the impact of any renewed encroachments should be known by all parties prior to any report being made.
RESOLVED – That Council be recommended to approve the policy for new lake encroachments, subject to clarification of the ‘like for like’ description.