Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday 30th January, 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Ian Hinde  01900 702544

Items
No. Item

327.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

3.  Call In - Consideration of proposals for the development of a new community stadium for Workington.

  Councillor Alan Smith; Other Interest; Due to being a shareholder of Workington Association Football Club.

 

3.  Call In - Consideration of proposals for the development of a new community stadium for Workington.

  Councillor Mark Fryer; Other Interest; Due to being a shareholder of Workington Town R.L.F.C.

 

4.  Call In - Future Plans for Borough Park and Derwent Park.

  Councillor Alan Smith; Other Interest; Due to being a shareholder in Workington Association Football Club.

 

4.  Call In - Future Plans for Borough Park and Derwent Park.

  Councillor Mark Fryer; Other Interest; Due to being a shareholder in Workington Town R.L.F.C.

 

328.

Call In - Consideration of proposals for the development of a new community stadium for Workington pdf icon PDF 291 KB

(Members are advised that items in pages 23-58 of this report have been redacted, if discussion of these matters are to be held, this item will be moved onto part 2 of the agenda)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At a meeting of the Executive on 16 January 2019, a decision was taken to proceed with proposals to develop a new community stadium on the site of Lonsdale Park/Borough Park, to extend the appointment of the design team and the appointment of consultants to undertake intrusive ground investigative works. The decision also agreed to a spend of £373,955 from the Strategic Priorities budget and to delegate approval of heads of terms with NHS and Sellafield to the Head of Place Development and to delegate approval of heads of terms with Workington Town and Workington Reds to Head of Place Development.

 

On 24th January 2019 a ‘call-in’ form was submitted to the Councils Monitoring Officer. The Monitoring Officer accepted the call in.

 

The Call In was presented by Councillor Nicky Cockburn, Councillor Bill Finlay and Councillor Mark Jenkinson.

 

Councillor Finlay had submitted the call in and also provided his representations, commenting that the venture was risky and that the proposal was not for the whole of Allerdale. Councillor Finlay also questioned the sustainability of the proposal, advising he produced his own sustainability appraisal.

 

Councillor Jenkinson then provided his representations. He advised that the decision to proceed with the stadium proposal should have not have been made in a closed meeting, that the full un redacted report should have been circulated to members and that the planning stage of the proposal should be used as a hold point. He went on to state that the report was based on assumptions and that the proposal could have an adverse effect on the clubs involved.

 

In response to the call in, Councillor Alan Smith advised that the proposal would be a 24/7 venture, not just for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. He also clarified that it was the sports teams that approached Allerdale Borough Council for support with a new stadium, and highlighted the success of a similar project that was by implemented by Allerdale Borough Council, the new Workington Leisure Centre

 

Councillor Fryer as portfolio holder then provided his response to the call in. He advised that the decision made on 16 January was based on an outline business case and to obtain further funding to ensure further work was completed before the final business case is presented. Councillor Fryer also commented that the stadium needs to have long term sustainability and that development will contribute to the Council meeting its corporate objectives, as detailed in the Council Plan, particularly those relating to economic development and regeneration.

 

Councillor Cannon also clarified that the executive only considered an outline business case on 16th January 2019, and that the proposal has to be in the best financial interests of the authority. She also explained that Allerdale Borough Council’s finances are well managed, even in the difficult financial climate.

 

The ‘call-in’ representatives then asked questions to the members of the Executive.

 

In response to Councillor Finlay’s questions about alternative projects, the Executive explained that Allerdale has a capital investment strategy based on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 328.

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Call In - Future Plans for Borough Park and Derwent Park pdf icon PDF 277 KB

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Minutes:

The Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee then moved that under Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting.

 

At a meeting of the Executive on 16 January 2019, a decision was made on the future plans for Borough Park and Derwent Park.

 

On 24th January 2019 a ‘call-in’ form was submitted to the Councils Monitoring Officer. The Monitoring Officer accepted the call in.

 

The Call In was presented by Councillor Bill Finlay, Councillor Mark Jenkinson and Councillor Nicky Cockburn.

 

Councillors Jenkinson and Finlay advised that the reports relating to this decision were excessively redacted.

 

Debate followed in relation to the redacting of documentation with Councillor Fryer clarifying the decisions to redact items was made by the Legal and Finance Departments.

 

Councillor Farebrother moved the motion to let the decisions made by the Executive on 16th January 2019 stand. This was seconded by Councillor Cook.

 

A vote then followed, 7 voted in favour of the motion, 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

The Motion was carried