Agenda and minutes

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Items
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3430.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Minutes:

Cllrs. Miss. A. Gardner and R. Parkin were absent.

 

3431.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

None.

3432.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND COUNCILLORS.

Residents may speak as of right on any matter for no more than 3 minutes subject to stating their full name and address before speaking.

Minutes:

 

Mr. R. Isworth, Chair of the Recreation Ground Focus Group, asked to speak on the Recreation Ground Project agenda item.

 

3433.

RECREATION GROUND PROJECT. pdf icon PDF 224 KB

To consider the recommendation of the Internal Committee on 12th October 2020 to approve the schedule of consultancy costs taking the project to full planning application and the tender process for the appointment of a Project Manager. *

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)         Mr. R. Isworth, Chairman for the last two years of the Recreation Ground Focus Group, addressed the Town Council.  Mr. Isworth urged the Council to allow the project to move forward as a substantial amount of work had been carried out and this project was top of the list of public desires for monies from the Tent1 land sale.  Mr. Isworth reported that the surgery will be moving out of East Cross Clinic at the end of January, therefore, the porta cabins on the Recreation Ground will be removed during February.  Mr. Isworth would like to see planning permission secured by then and work starting straight away.  The young people have had a really bad time over the last few months from Covid and restrictions, therefore Mr. Isworth would like there to be a glimmer of hope of the first phase of the project starting in Spring 2021.

 

(b)         Cllr. Crawford fully supported the conclusions and reported that the Focus Group had come up with a good scheme.

 

(c)         Cllr. Mrs. Walder thanked Mr. Isworth for his continued involvement in the Recreation Ground Project and also for his work with the Social Hub and Food Bank; all projects which have concrete benefits for the Town.   Cllr. Mrs. Walder also noted her thanks to Mrs. E. Isworth for her support as well with the Food Bank.  With regard to the Recreation Ground Project, Cllr. Mrs. Walder felt that we need to move forward quickly.

 

(d)         Cllr. Carter reported that he was in favour of moving the Recreation Ground Project forward, however, he would like to see it carried out within the right financial constraints and does not believe they are right now.  He quoted Ground Control’s fees of £18,430 to take the project to RIBA3; we have paid Ground Control to date £57,000. Cllr. Carter reported that in the current progress report from Ground Control, the tender is to be released in two phases and he thought that the Council were going to release these gradually rather than blocking off the Recreation Ground for a longer period of time.  Cllr. Carter did not believe that there is a rush to get planning in immediately and one problem is the football pitch and the requirements of Sport England, for which he believes the 3G pitch at Homewood does not fit the criteria. 

 

Cllr. Carter commented that there is no control and auditing on what comes in from the Contractors and the level of increase in costs shows this.  Cllr. Carter believed that a Quantity Surveyor on the Town Council team is required to take this project forward.  Cllr. Carter was concerned that the Town Council will overspend on too many projects if we are not careful.  Cllr. Carter reported that he would like to take the project forward, but commented on the need to implement correct controls and appoint a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager to lead the Council to take to planning permission stage. 

 

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