Transfer of Thetford Play Areas
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To agree a further commuted sum payment in respect of the transfer of play areas for remedial works and to authorise the transfer of two further open spaces to Thetford Town Council.
1) £20,000 be released to Thetford Town Council for the remedial works required to bring the said play areas up to a certain standard; and
2) the two play areas at Croxton Road and Brandon Road in Thetford be transferred to Thetford Town Council together with the commuted maintenance sum received from the developers for these areas.
Reasons for the decision:
Authorising the release of the additional monies to Thetford Town Council would assist the Town Council in bringing the play areas up to what could be considered to be a reasonable standard. Furthermore, remedial works had been carried out by Breckland Council to play areas within the other four towns in the Breckland district which equated to the additional sum being offered.
Authorising the transfer of the two further areas would be in accordance with the Council’s policy not to take on liability of open spaces and wherever possible to transfer them to the Town Councils.
To do nothing would be contrary to the decision made by Members that the play areas and open spaces be transferred to the Town Councils.
Alternative options considered:
To authorise the release of £20,000 for the remedial works required to being the play areas up to a certain standard.
To authorise the transfer of the two play areas at Croxton and Brandon Road, Thetford to the Town Council along with the commuted maintenance sum received from the developers for these areas.
Report author: Sue Bloomfield
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Date of decision: 07/01/2014
Decided at meeting: 07/01/2014 - Cabinet
Effective from: 17/01/2014