Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday 11th April, 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Ian Hinde  01900 702544

Items
No. Item

441.

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 Detailed Business Case 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 Detailed Business Case 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.

 

442.

Call In - Consideration of Detailed Business Case for the Development of a New Community Stadium for Workington pdf icon PDF 71 KB

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Minutes:

At a meeting of the Executive on 20 March 2019, a decision was taken to approve the business case for the development of a new community stadium for Allerdale, that the Council undertakes a regulated procurement role to select an investor/developer to the develop the new community stadium, to develop a business plan for the establishment of a stadium management company, and to delegate the procurement of a contract for the demolition of Borough Park to Head of Place Development. A decision was also taken for the Council to authorise a guarantee of the head lease to the investor, the final details of which will be delegated to the Corporate Director in conjunction with the Statutory Officers.

 

On 3rd April 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 Tony Annison and Councillor Bill Finlay. Councillor Mark Jenkinson was a signatory on the call in.

 

Before the meeting began, the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee read the following statement,

 

‘There may be a closed session during the consideration of agenda item 3 as it may require the discussion of commercially confidential and sensitive information. Members of the press and public will be asked to leave the meeting during that session but will be invited back in to the meeting once the discussion has concluded’.

 

Councillor Finlay submitted the call in and also provided his representations to the Committee, explaining his concerns over the Council acting as guarantor. He also went through his ‘call in’ letter, advising the proposal for a community stadium was not within the 2015/19 Council plan and that some of the Executive reports were contradictory. Councillor Finlay went on explain that he was also concerned with the investor model, the ‘rushed’ timescale of the development and the potential risks the development would pose to the Council.

 

Councillor Annison then provided his representations, advising that he was not against a new stadium, but expressed his concerns at the Council acting as guarantor, and that no mandate/debate was presented to full Council.

Councillor Annison then went on to say he felt the project was being rushed, sharing examples of similar developments that have been delivered late, over budget or have not been sustainable.

 

In response to the ‘Call In’, Councillor Fryer response to each point raised on the original ‘call in’ letter. He advised that the procurement to demolish Borough Park would only commence once the Council had agreed licence terms with Workington Town and Workington Reds. In relation to the business case he also acknowledged that the 2021 Rugby League World Cup had to be considered, but explained that a separate report without the scenario of hosting the competition had also been prepared.

In response to potential attendances, Councillor Fryer explained that he did not know one example where attendances drop once a new stadium has been developed.

Councillor Fryer also explained that the comparators studies were relevant, and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 442.