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Proposed Transfer of the Former Multi-Use Games Area, Trafalgar Wood and Riverside Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford

Meeting: 05/04/2011 - Cabinet (Item 34)

34 Proposed Transfer of the Former Multi-Use Games Area, Trafalgar Wood and Riverside Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Economic and Commercial Portfolio (Mark Kiddle-Morris).

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Minutes:

The Executive Member for Environmental Wellbeing & Communications, Lady K Fisher, declared a personal & prejudicial interest in this item and left the room whilst this item was being discussed.

 

The Executive Member for Economic & Commercial presented the report which requested Members to approve the transfer of the former multi-use games area, Trafalgar Wood and the Riverside Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford to Thetford Town Council.

 

The report recommended that three parcels of land be transferred together with the commuted sums that had already been received from S106 Agreements and which had been retained by Breckland Council for maintenance.

 

Marion Chapman-Allen a Ward Member for Thetford was in attendance and welcomed the transfer of these areas, in particular Trafalgar Wood and the Water Meadow.  Both these areas were much valued by the local community and were very well used.  The monies for the Water Meadow would mean that after years of neglect a plan would be able to be developed to draw down Match Funding to carry out much needed improvements.  She hoped that it would become a County wildlife site in future.  She thought it should be appreciated that the additional S106 monies from this development had only been made possible by the tenacity of two Breckland Council Officers.  She asked Members to recall that, the developers Ashwells, who had since gone into administration, had only offered this Authority £110,000.00 from the total payable of £288,431.00.  Breckland’s Head of Legal Services and the Land Management Officer had not been content with this amount and had challenged the developers over another asset held.  This challenge had resulted in the Council being paid the full amount owed; a resounding success and without any element of compromise to Breckland Council.  A success solely down to the tenacity and negotiation skills of Mike Horn and Zoe Footer without whose determination would have found the Council seriously out of pocket.

 

Option 1

 

To agree to transfer the following areas of land to Thetford Town Council at nil consideration to be retained as public open space:

 

1)     the former multi-use games area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford together with the commuted sum of £34,473.00;

2)     Trafalgar Wood at Kilverstone Park in Thetford; and

3)     the Riverside Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford together with the commuted sum of £163,845.00.

 

Option 2

 

To refuse to transfer these areas of land.

 

Reasons

 

To ensure the open space areas were kept to a standard acceptable by the Town Council and the facilities available could be changed in response to the town appraisals.

 

RESOLVED that the following areas of land be transferred to Thetford Town Council at nil consideration to be retained as public open space:

 

1)     the former multi-use Games Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford together with the commuted sum of £34,473.00;

 

2)     Trafalgar Wood at Kilverstone Park in Thetford; and

 

3)     the Riverside Area at Kilverstone Park in Thetford together with the commuted sum of £163,845.00.