Agenda item

Transfer of Thetford Play Areas (Agenda item 10)

Report of Mark Kiddle-Morris, Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development.

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Assets and Strategic Development presented the report.  Members were being asked to consider 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.

 

This matter had originally been reported to Members of the Cabinet in 2007 and 2008 where it was agreed at that time to transfer 8 play areas.  Two further sites that had not formed part of the original proposal had since been identified for transfer to the Town Council.

 

The only cost implication to Breckland Council would be for an additional £20,000.  The two further sites would be transferred to Thetford Town Council along with the associated commuted sum of £38,510.14.  This funding had been held in reserve and therefore there would not be any additional cost implications to the Council.

 

The Executive Member for Corporate Services and Quality Assurance said that authorising this transfer accorded with the Council’s long standing policy to empower local communities to take control of its own assets.

 

Councillor Kybird advised that this matter had been in the pipeline for at least 6 years and supported the recommendation.

 

The Chairman reminded Members of the grant funding that was available for enhancements to play areas. The Opposition Leader said that he had already identified with the local community which play areas needed to be improved.

 

Councillor Borrett thought it was good to see Breckland Council and Thetford Town Council in agreement and felt it was a great news story for all concerned and was happy to support the recommendation.

 

Option 1

 

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.

 

Option 2

 

Do nothing.

 

Reasons

 

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.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

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.

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