Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday, 17 March 2021 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Inge Booth  Senior Committee Services Officer

Link: View the live stream of the meeting here

Items
No. Item

CEX/136

Chairman's Introduction

Minutes:

Following confirmation that the live stream of the meeting had commenced, the Leader thanked Officer’s for their hard work throughout the Covid-19 crisis and for ensuring the Council’s work was continued. He also thanked Members for their commitment to working with officers and with communities in difficult times.

 

The Leader referred to the new Government legislation allowing councils to conduct remote meetings and explained in detail to all taking part, and for the benefit of members of the public, the procedures for the meeting. He then invited Members of the Cabinet, the Shadow Cabinet and the Leader of the Labour Group to introduce themselves, to advise whether they were taking part by video or audio and to confirm that they were able to see (where practicable) and hear all Members participating in the meeting. All Members present, including the Leader himself, having indicated that this was the case, he referred to officers present at the meeting who would introduce themselves when asked to address the meeting.

CEX/137

Cabinet Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 529 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 3 February 2021.

Minutes:

No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 3 February 2021.

CEX/138

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that:-

 

(1)   Councillor Phillip Dixon declared a non-pecuniary interest in relation to Agenda Item 9 – Public consultation on loss of public open space, Burton-in-Kendal  (as detailed in CEX/144 below) and Agenda Item 10 – Disposal of Council owned land in Burton-in-Kendal  (as detailed in CEX/146 below); and

 

(2)   Councillor John Holmes declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in relation to Agenda Item 9 – Public consultation on loss of public open space, Burton-in-Kendal  (as detailed in CEX/144 below) and Agenda Item 10 – Disposal of Council owned land in Burton-in-Kendal  (as detailed in CEX/146 below)

CEX/139

Emergency Delegated Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 272 KB

To receive Emergency Delegated Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive since the last meeting of Cabinet in accordance with the Leader’s decision noted by Cabinet at CEX/104 (2019/20).

Minutes:

No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the Emergency Delegated Executive Decision made by the Chief Executive on 18 January 2021, in accordance with the Leader’s decision noted by Cabinet at CEX/104 (2019/20), be received.

CEX/140

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the items in Part II of the Agenda be dealt with following the exclusion of the press and public.

CEX/141

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

No questions, representations, deputations or petitions had been received in respect of this meeting.

CEX/142

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To note the contents of the latest Forward Plan.

Minutes:

No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the Forward Plan published on 16 February 2021, be noted.

CEX/143

Grange Lido - Contract awards for construction works and project management of construction works to Grange Lido and Promenade. pdf icon PDF 172 KB

To consider a range of investment options, contract for refurbishment, building contracts, design changes and appointment of a consultant, in relation to Grange Lido and Promenade.

 

Note – In accordance with Section 100B(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, copies of Appendix 3 to the report are excluded from inspection by members of the public as it contains information as described in Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, as follows:-

 

- Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder (Deputy Leader) presented a report setting out a range of investment options, a contract for refurbishment, building contracts, design changes and appointment of a consultant, in relation to Grange Lido and Promenade. The report set out the following options that had been proposed for the Grange Lido and Promenade:-

 

·        To open up the Lido site to the public and for it to be used by the public after being closed for 27 years;

·        Re-purpose the site and undertake essential structural repair works to stop further structural decay which will only lead to increase in costs for future administrations;

·        To upgrade the Grange Promenade and improve connectivity from the Promenade to Town centre;

·        To secure the Coastal Community Fund (CCF) investment of £1.1million for Grange and secure wider investment for the Morecambe Bay area;

·        Undertake essential structural repairs to sea defences along Grange promenade;

·        To upgrade the Children’s play area sited on the Grange promenade, consulting with local residents and families;

·        To re-surface the promenade which is showing signs of disrepair;

·        To encourage greater tourism to the Grange area and wider Morecambe Bay area; and

·        To regenerate the site but not preclude the site being used as a Lido in the future.

 

In running through the recommendations, the Portfolio Holder highlighted an additional recommendation which was that ‘all the above recommendations are conditional upon the confirmation and satisfactory negotiation of the terms of the coastal communities funds grant agreement such to be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, the Section 151 Officer, the Monitoring Officer and the Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder’.

 

The report set out a brief history of the Grange-over-Sands Lido and Promenade Sea Wall which was an iconic and unique asset in the district having been constructed in 1932 and was listed by English Heritage (now Historic England) as Grade II in 2011. While the site was not currently on the ‘at risk register’, the report highlighted a potential future risk if work was not to progress with the structure.

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder set out the rationale for intervention and highlighted the deterioration of a number of features of both the Lido and the Promenade Sea Wall. This led to Cabinet approval being granted to the Council on 23 January 2019, to move forward with the preferred design options for the Lido and progress to planning and listed building consent for the Lido (attached as Appendix 1 and 2) and tenders prior to returning to Cabinet, to seek approval to award the contract. Highlighting that the Planning Committee was due to consider the proposals on the Promenade Sea Wall, on 25 March 2021. A successful bid was made by South Lakeland District Council, as lead authority, to the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), securing funding of circa £1.1 million towards Grange-over-Sands Lido and the Promenade stabilisation and refurbishment works. Members were informed that consideration should be given to the CCF bid, as it was believed that  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/143

CEX/144

Public consultation on loss of public open space, Burton-in-Kendal. pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the representations made to the consultation prior to making the final decision on the disposal of the Council owned land to South Lakes Housing.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Note – At this point in the proceedings, Councillor Dixon declared a non-pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he had previously considered the matter as a Member of the Planning Committee. He was disconnected for the remainder of the item.

 

Note - At this point in the proceedings, Councillor John Holmes, whilst having no voting rights as a Member of the Shadow Cabinet, declared a disclosable pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he was a Director on the Board of South Lakes Housing, he was disconnected for the remainder of the item.

 

Summary

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder presented the report on public consultation on the loss of public open space in Burton-in-Kendal. He began by reminding Members that Cabinet had taken the decision to dispose of the land to South Lakes Housing to support the delivery of 28 affordable homes and that as part of the decision making process, the decision was required to go out for consultation with the public.

 

The Portfolio Holder highlighted the two responses to the consultation, neither of which related to the Council’s land and therefore, there had been no objections. In concluding the report, the Portfolio Holder reiterated the importance of providing affordable housing in the district.

 

The Leader reminded Members that this report linked to the next item on the agenda that was to be considered in Part II.

 

No questions having been raised, the Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(1)  the receipt of representations to the loss of public open space be noted; and

 

(2)  the disposal of the public open space land shown at Appendix 1 to South Lakes Housing in order to deliver 28 affordable houses be agreed.

Reasons for Decision

 

Delivering a balanced community – For housing and communities, deliver affordable homes to meet need with:-

·         new affordable homes to rent; and

·         a range of housing to attract and retain young people.

Alternative Options

 

To not dispose of the land to South Lakes Housing which will lead to the loss of a potential 28 affordable houses in Burton in Kendal. This is not a recommended route.

CEX/145

Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12 A of the Act as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 by virtue of the paragraphs indicated.

 

- Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

 

Note – For the benefit of the public viewing the virtual meeting, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder explained that the open session of the meeting would now close and the live stream cease.

 

The meeting producer confirmed that the live stream had ended.

 

Members disconnected from the Part I session and moved into the Part II private session.

 

At this point in the proceedings, Councillor Helen Irving disconnected from the meeting

CEX/146

Disposal of Council owned land in Burton in Kendal.

To agree to the disposal of Council Owned Land to South Lakes Housing after considering the outcome of the public consultation regarding the disposal of open space land.

 

Minutes:

Note – At this point in the proceedings, Councillor Dixon declared a non-pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he had previously considered the matter as a Member of the Planning Committee. He was disconnected for the remainder of the item.

 

Note - At this point in the proceedings, Councillor John Holmes, whilst having no voting rights as a Member of the Shadow Cabinet, declared a disclosable pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he was a Director on the Board of South Lakes Housing, he was disconnected for the remainder of the item.

 

Summary

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder presented a report proposing the disposal

of Council owned land in Burton in Kendal. Members having considered the representations received from members of the public regarding the loss of public open space, Burton in Kendal prior to reaching their decision.

 

During discussion on the item, Members expressed their support for the proposals.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That the decision taken on 3 February 2021 by Cabinet following the completion of public consultation on loss of public open spacein accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 s.123 (2A), be reaffirmed.

Reasons for Decision

 

The proposed disposal of Council owned land links to the Council priority for delivering a balancedcommunity, forhousing andcommunities, deliveringaffordable homes to meet need with new affordable homes to rent and a range of housing to attract and retain young people.

 

Alternative Options Considered

 

Refuse to sell the land or allow access over the land with the consequence the development cannot proceed thus losing the 28 affordable homes for the District.

 

Note – following the conclusion of discussion and voting on the item, Councillors Phillip Dixon and John Holmes were reconnected to the meeting.

CEX/147

Coronation Hall and Ulverston Market - Lease agreements.

To consider an extension to the current lease and underlease of Coronation Hall and management of the Market Hall and outdoor market for up to 2 years. 

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder presented a report on the lease agreements for Coronation Hall and Ulverston Market to Ulverston Community Enterprise (UCE). He informed Members that he was pleased to see UCE’s involvement and that he was confident in their ability to move the project forward.

 

Members echoed their support for the proposals and expressed their hope that this report would build for the long-term future of the Coronation Hall and Ulverston Market. Further discussion raised support for the proposals, the ongoing maintenance of the sites, the possibility of an update to the public on the status of the two buildings and the importance of continuing projects like these and the commitment to support communities in the unprecedented times presented by the ongoing pandemic.

 

The Leader expressed his support for the UCE’s enthusiasm toward the project and requested that an informal briefing session be scheduled to update both South Lakeland District Council Members and Ulverston Town Council.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(1)   a short term extension to the current lease and under lease (for the Contact Centre) for the Coronation Hall and management agreements for Ulverston Indoor and Street Markets with the Ulverston Coronation Hall Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) for up to a maximum of two years with the guarantee with the Ulverston Community Enterprise and delegates the terms of the agreements to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services and Lead Specialist forLegal, Governance and Democracy to agree, be approved; and

 

(2)   the use of an exemption or waiver to appoint UCE on a short term (maximum two year) basis to manage the Ulverston markets (indoor and outdoor) without a formal tender process and to forego income as shown in Section 7 of the report, be approved.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The proposal to extend the current lease and under lease for the Coronation Hall and management agreements for Ulverston Indoor and Street Markets links to the Council’s priorities to work with our partners to deliver regional growth and creating opportunities for young people by:-

·        promoting unique selling points such as marine and cultural and creative industries; and

·        using culture and built heritage to support our unique offer.

Alternative Options

 

Cease operation of the Coronation Hall and seek disposal of the freehold. This option is not recommended as it would not enable the benefits which can be achieved through local management and investment to be achieved. It would prevent the option of enabling a local community solution to be developed further. If in the future, transfer proves unworkable, this option would need to be reconsidered.

 

Transfer the Coronation Hall only and keep the Markets under direct SLDC control and operation. This option is not recommended as the UCE purpose and business model is developed on the principle of managing a range of facilities which contribute to the wellbeing of  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/147

CEX/148

Refurbishment works to Abbot Hall , lease and contract award

To consider delivery of a minor Capital refurbishment scheme at Abbot Hall Gallery, which will allow Lakeland Arts to re-open to the public and to extend the current lease (by way of new lease covering wider area) to support with grant funding applications for major capital investment works. 

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder presented a report on the refurbishment works to Abbot Hall, lease and contact award. He highlighted the significant impact of Covid-19 on the museum sector and emphasised the importance of Abbot Hall as an asset to the district as a leading regional arts collection. The report informed Members that the Council had been involved with Arts Council England and Lakeland Arts to secure the future of Abbot Hall and ensure that the building was opened as soon as possible. The Portfolio Holder expressed his support for the proposals and drew Members attention to an additional recommendation to read ‘all the above recommendations are conditional on the receipt of grant monies and the satisfactory negotiation of the terms and conditions of the National Cultural Regeneration Fund grant agreement. Such to be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, the Section 151 Officer, Monitoring Officer and Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer), highlighted the public response to the proposed public open space disposal as referred to in the report. Only one representation was made whicih was for a request for information as the proposed use by Lakeland Arts. Members considered the representation and expressed their support for the proposals, emphasising the cultural importance of Abbot Hall as an asset to the district. A query having been raised relating to the risk of flooding to the building which had been raised by the Planning Committee when they considered the Kendal Flood Relief Scheme, the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services confirmed that there were a number of concerns relating to the flood resilience of the building and that the concerns had been flagged as a risk to both Lakeland Arts and the Environment Agency. In addition to this response, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder requested that a more detailed, written response be provided to the Shadow Cabinet and Leader of the Labour Group.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(1)   therefurbishment scheme be approved and permission be given for theCouncil toreceive grantmonies fromthe NationalCultural RegenerationFund (NCRF) and Lakeland Artsto deliver the scheme, be approved;

 

(2)   the entering into of a grant agreement and related agreement’s be delegated to the Director for Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services, Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Democracy and Lead Specialist forFinance;

 

(3)   theappointmentof LambertSmith Hamptonto deliverthe project managementfor thescheme andapproves theuse ofan exemption/ waiverfor theappointment, contractvalue is£56,630.00. Delegatesapproval ofthe exemption/waiverto theDirector ofCustomer andCommercial Services, Section151 Officerand Monitoringofficer onthe groundsthat thecontract isfor the execution ofservices certifiedby therelevant Directoras being required so urgently  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/148

CEX/149

Financial Support for Leisure Services Contract

To consider the financial support for Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) for the 20/21 Financial Year from April 2020 to November 2020.

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder presented a report on the financial support for the Leisure Services Contract. The Portfolio Holder highlighted the importance of both physical and mental health of residents and the facilities on offer at the provided by the Council’s leisure delivery partner. He emphasised how close this project was to the Council’s heart and how crucial it was to have ongoing sport and leisure facilities available for residents.

 

Members welcomed the proposals and echoed the importance of having leisure facilities available for residents as they were an essential part of the local area. Members acknowledged the challenges faced by GLL and other leisure facilities providers and raised concerns over the government’s treatment of Council’s who outsourced leisure facilities. Members felt that this was a crucial project and that the Council was able to react in this manner due to the prudent financial management of the Council.

 

The Monitoring officer provided Legal advice on the contractual position and updated members.

 

A note was taken that some Members present were users of the facilities at the leisure centre. It was not considered to prevent them from taking part in the decision.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(1)   the financial support for GLL from April 2020 to the end of November 2020 up to a maximum £246,274 (in addition to the Management Fee) as shown in the open book accounting report in Appendix 1; such approval and payment to be made on a without prejudice basis and being conditional upon GLL agreeing to implement this by way of the change control procedure under thecontract, be approved;

 

(2)   authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Committee Services, Lead Specialist for Finance and the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services to undertake and agree the change control procedures as set out in the contract in order to make the necessarypayments.

 

(3)   theCouncil be approved to receive moniesfrom the National LeisureRecovery Fund toa value£174,237 andto makepayment ofthis moneyto GLLfor support from1 Decemberto 31 March 2021,as noted inthe reportbelow.

 

(4)   authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Committee Services, Lead Specialist for Finance and the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services to agree the necessary funding agreements and make the necessary payments toGLL.

 

(5)   Council be requested to approve a virement of £174,237 to increase the Leisure Services grants receivable budget and to increase the Paymentto Leisure services partner budget.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The financial support for leisure services links to the Council priorities for For health and the environment, improve wellbeing by:

·       supporting young people to have a greatervoice;

·       using our distinctive environment to create opportunities for  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/149

CEX/150

Braithwaite Fold Caravan Park - Lease agreement

To consider entering into a 25 year lease with the Camping and Caravanning Club for Braithwaite Fold Caravan site, Braithwaite Fold, Bowness-on-Windermere.

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder presented a report on the lease agreement for Braithwaite Fold Caravan Park. He explained that the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted the agreement reached last year which meant that a new agreement must be reached. The Portfolio Holder detailed the new proposed agreement and highlighted both the intent to invest in the site and the benefits of the skills and network that the agreement would bring to the site.

 

Following extensive discussions on the report, it was agreed that Members felt it necessary to ensure that negotiations, if possible  aimed to add a break clause into the 25 year agreement and that the intended investment into the site is secured as part of the agreement. It was also decided that an addition to the recommendation (2) should add that the delegated authority to agree terms should also be in conjunction with the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. It being clarified that this was on the basis of Appendix 1, however that officers discuss the points highlighted during the meeting with the Camping and Caravanning Club. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

(1)         the grant of a new 25 year lease with the Camping and Caravanning Club for the future operation of the Braithwaite Fold Caravan site on the new terms as attached in appendix1, be approved; and

 

(2)         authority be delegated to agreeterms andenter intothe leaseto theDirector of Customer andCommercial Servicesin conjunctionwith theLead Specialist forFinance, LeadSpecialist forLegal, Governanceand Democracy and the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder.

 

Reasons for Decision

The Braithwaite Fold Caravan Park lease agreement links to Council priorities for Economy and Culture by encouraging a sustainable environment and inclusive economy.

 

Alternative Options

 

To re-tender the management agreement to see if other suppliers would beinterested in runningthe siteon behalfof theCouncil. Thishas beendiscounted asit isfelt that the current tendering portal covers a wide area and therefore it is unlikely to bring about a different result.

For the Council to run the site in house. Due to the required recruitment process, itis not felt that this is an appropriate alternative option.

CEX/151

Westmorland Shopping Centre - Headlease transcation

To consider the leasehold transaction for, Kendal Indoor Market Hall (Market Hall), Westmorland multi-storey car park (Car Park) and Kendal Bus Station (Bus Station).

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder presented the report on the headlease transaction for the Westmorland Shopping Centre. He detailed the complex previous arrangements and the proposals set out in the report.

 

Lengthy discussion on the item raised a query over the impact of the Statute of Uses 1535 on intermediary leases, the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist advised that this would be investigated before any legal work commenced.

 

The Leader asked the meeting if the motion was agreed. There was no dissent.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(1)   proceeding with and completing legal documentation to surrender the head lease over the Westmorland Shopping Centre, Westmorland multi-storey car park, Kendal Bus Station and Kendal Indoor Market Hall be approved;

 

(2)   proceeding with and completing legal documentation to effectively surrender the under leases relating to Westmorland multi-storey car park, Kendal Bus Station and Kendal Indoor Market Hall be approved; and

 

(3)   agreement of the terms of the leasehold transaction and any supplemental documentation that may be required to effect the leasehold transaction be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services and the Lead Specialist for Legal, Governance and Democracy.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The Westmorland Shopping Centre Headlease Transaction links to the Council priorities for economy and culture, create opportunities for young people by:-

·        unlocking development sites and enabling local businesses to grow;

·        understanding the needs of local businesses;

·        encouraging graduate retention; and

·        using culture and built heritage to support our unique offer.

Alternative Options

 

To do nothing, this will likely lead to no investment by the current owners of the Westmorland Shopping Centre into thescheme which will mean that the first floor will continue to fail and potentially lead to partial closure of the first floor. This is not a recommended route.

To replace and extend the Head leasehold interest and subsequent two underleases with 999 year leases. This is not a recommended route when considering that the buildings are not expected to survive for such a length of time and SLDC would require approval for any works or alterations needed to the Car Park and Market Hall and this would increase the repair liability for SLDC over time. It would be in SLDC’s interest to remove the Head Lease arrangement, therefore this is not a recommendedroute.