Decision details

Request for the Installation of a Jetty on Council Land in Thetford: Reference: D48/20

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Contract & Assets

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Request for the installation of a jetty on Council land and the provision of water
based activities there, with direct access from the Riversdale Centre, Thetford.

 

Decision:

The Executive Member authorises:

 

a) the granting of a Lease to Bush Adventures UK (at market rent) to install a jetty on Council-owned riverbank and to carry out water-based activities from the surrounding open space; and

 

b) the granting of a Licence to Keystone Development Trust for access on to the Council’s land at nil cost.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The proposed Lease and Licence would meet one of the specific aims of the BFER and the Council’s Market Towns Initiative and provide a valuable facility for the Town and the community.

 

Charging less than a full commercial rent for the Lease to Bush Adventures UK would set a precedent and be unfair on other businesses in the vicinity – e.g. The Tea Kiosk adjacent to this site.

 

Issuing a Licence to Keystone Development Trust will resolve any uncertainty about existing access rights and formalise the access arrangement for the benefit of the management of the Council’s land in that area

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Grant a Lease to Bush Adventures UK (at market rent) to install a jetty from Council-owned land on the riverbank and to carry out water-based activities from the surrounding open space. Also grant a licence to Keystone Development Trust for access on to the Council’s land a nil cost. (see plan attached to the report)

 

Option 2 – Do not grant the Lease to Bush Adventures UK to install a jetty from Council owned land on the riverbank and to carry out water-based activities from the surrounding open space. Also do not grant a licence to Keystone Development Trust for access on to the Council’s land a nil cost.

Publication date: 11/11/2020

Date of decision: 11/11/2020

Effective from: 19/11/2020

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