Decisions

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25/03/2020 - Award of Lease for Braithwaite Fold Caravan Park ref: 4300    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the heads of terms of lease be approved, initially for 25 years, for the future operation of the Braithwaite Fold Caravan site;

 

(2)        the contract be awarded to the successful bidder as identified in the Part II Appendix 2 to the report; and

 

(3)        the terms of the lease be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan – Economy and Culture – Encouraging a sustainable environment and inclusive economy.  The current operator has helped grow the site, attracting more visitors to the area, in turn encouraging secondary spend with neighbouring stakeholders.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

To re-tender the management agreement to see if other suppliers would be interested in running the site on behalf of the Council. This has been discounted as it is felt 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, it is not felt that this is an appropriate alternative option.

 

To dispose of the land. This is not felt to be a suitable option due to the lost revenue the Council would incur through sale of the land.


25/03/2020 - Reconfiguration of South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall ref: 4301    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder raised the issue of the Coronavirus emergency which clearly had the potential to disrupt the implementation of the project, however, still urged that the recommendation be approved.  The Council would need to work closely with the successful contractor regarding Government advice on health and safety at work, as well as any constraints imposed upon them and in the light of constraints.

 

The Leader thanked the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services and all officers who had worked on the Scheme.  He was delighted that the projected was moving ahead.

 

The Labour Group Leader supported the proposal and, in addition to points already raised, drew attention to the resulting benefits for residents.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the contract for construction works to reconfigure and refurbish South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall be awarded to the recommended contractor as identified in the Part II Appendix 1 to the report;

 

(2)        authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to enter into, on behalf of the Council, an appropriate contract with the successful tenderer for the construction works; and

 

(3)        the appointment of Lambert Smith Hampton and sub-consultants through the Bloom procurement framework to project manage the scheme within the agreed budget be approved and authority delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to enter into the appropriate contracts.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Investment in South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall will:-

 

·         provide office space to support the Council’s Customer Connect Programme;

·         create new modern town centre offices for other businesses;

·         provide a MintWorks2 for new Small and Medium sized Enterprises;

·         deliver much needed refurbishment of Kendal Town Hall;

·         provide much improved working facilities for all employees, both SLDC and KTC;

·         provide disabled access to all areas of SLDC offices;

·         enable a joint reception area in the front of the Town Hall;

·         open up more meeting room space for community groups; and

·         generate income and reduce ongoing maintenance costs for the Council.

 

In addition, the decision will assist in the delivery of the Council Plan priorities, as follows:-

 

Economy –

 

·         Engagement with the private sector and public sector partners will be central to the Council’s approach to helping grow and develop the economy.

·         We will when opportunities present themselves make best use of our property portfolio to support economic growth, through the use of our current and future asset base.

·         Through our economic development strategy we will continue to build on our traditional strengths, and pioneer new industries that make the most of our place. We will promote new ways of working so that businesses can compete and reach their potential whilst enjoying everything that is special about living in South Lakeland.

 

Environment –

 

·         We will reduce the Council’s carbon emissions by reducing our energy use through the efficient management of our land and buildings and be an exemplar to others.

·         We will support Cumbria County Council and local partners with their strategies for active travel.

 

South Lakeland District Council need to ensure we are adequately equipped to provide the best, most cost effective service for the communities we serve.  This will be met through a skilled workforce, ensuring that the staff have the ability to work efficiently working with more digital skill and a more flexible co-ordinated approach.  The places project will help the Council equip its staff to put the Customer at the heart of everything we do.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

·         Continue with the current position and do nothing – this is not recommended when considering the significant cost to maintain the building, the inefficient use of space, the loss of opportunity to refurbish the Town Hall and the economic benefits to the area.  This would still require significant additional expenditure to be added to a future capital programme to maintain South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall in an acceptable condition.  Following the emerging discussions on devolution and combined authorities, whilst doing nothing may be an option for those reasons, it is still reasonable to proceed with the scheme whilst those discussions continue to take place, as any options would require a base in the centre of Kendal and we would be best placed to provide office accommodation for any new Council structure brought forward and proposed.  If, in future, South Lakeland House was not required, the space occupied by the Council could be split into smaller units at little cost to accommodate more small and medium sized enterprises. 

 

·         A shared public sector hub option, co-locating with the County Council and Lake District National Park Authority on the County Hall site was fully explored but ruled out on cost grounds. Concern was also raised at the time with potential use of the South Lakeland House site with no obvious or viable use found for the site.

 

·         Undertake the work over a longer phased approach. This has been dismissed because of the increased cost that a longer phased approach would incur.  It would be difficult to manage contractually, and cause greater disruption for the organisation and the Council would be unable to benefit from the proposed income which would, therefore, make the scheme unviable.


25/03/2020 - Parking subsidy agreement for Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston ref: 4302    For Determination

Agreement with Ulverston BID and Ulverston Town Council to subsidise parking within Buxton Place Car Park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder presented the report informing Members that the Council had been approached in November 2019 by Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID, and asked to consider a subsidised parking scheme where the Town Council and BID would jointly subsidise the parking within Buxton Place Car Park.  The principle behind this was that they wanted to encourage dwell time of visitors and shoppers to the town.

 

The proposed subsidised parking scheme comprised of new parking rates of £0.50 for one hour and £1.00 for two hours, with Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID paying the difference between the new rate and original rate (‘the Scheme’).  Therefore, Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID would subsidise the reduced parking rates at a cost of £0.70 for one hour and £1.20 for two hours.

 

The Council currently had a reduced rate car parking tariff in Stockbridge Lane Car Park within Ulverston which offered parking all day for £1.00.  The proposed Scheme for Buxton Place was to encourage shoppers to come into Ulverston following the opening of a new Marks and Spencer’s store and an Aldi store.

 

Following a review of the car parking tickets sold in Buxton Place Car Park in the 2018/2019 financial year, it was reasonable to assume the number of ticket sales as an accurate base data to agree the subsidy required.  In 2018/2019, there had been 28,828 one hour duration tickets sold and 12,701 two hour duration tickets sold.  An annual subsidy payment of £35,420.80 from Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID would be made and fixed payment for the first 12 months proposed. 

 

There was potential that users from other car parks would move to Buxton Place Car Park from those at Brewery Street or Theatre Street.  This was, therefore, a risk to the Council, with a fixed payment to be agreed for the first 12 months but, equally, this scheme would hopefully bring additional cars to the Town and, therefore, compensating for any potential loss in revenue.

 

There would also be an option within the legal Agreement for both parties to review the Agreement after 12 months, with a break clause and possibility to renegotiate the subsidy.  This ensured that the Agreement continued only where the Scheme was deemed to be a success for the first 12 months.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the proposal for subsidised parking at Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston, be approved; and

 

(2)        authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to prepare and enter into an appropriate agreement for subsidised parking at Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston, and to prepare the required Traffic Regulation Order.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan – Economy and Culture – Developing town centres which are attractive and accessible for living, working, culture and leisure.  This project is a pilot project to determine if cheaper parking in Ulverston will protect Town Centre shops and businesses from a drop in footfall from the newly opened out of town supermarkets.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Refuse to enter into an agreement with Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID and keep the parking rates at status quo. This is not recommended as the Council prides itself on working with Town and Parish Councils and remains very committed to the localism agenda.  The Council understands that Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID have the support from Ulverston Town Centre users and BID levy payers for the Proposal to be taken forward.

Wards affected: Ulverston East; Ulverston West;