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Agenda item

Report of the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development - A Sustainable Future for Mote Park Update

Decision:

1)  Car Park Charging:

a)  That the Committee approve that the Parking Services Manager amend the Off-Street Parking Places Order to vary the car park tariff for parking for up to 6 hours from £1 to £2, to meet the budget and in response to peak demand, and to invest £250,000 in additional parking provision.

 

2)  Adventure Zone:

a)  That the Committee approve a revised total cost of £1,150,000 for the Adventure Zone.

b)  That the Committee invest of a further £300k in non-income producing improvements to the park (from the existing Capital Programme) within an existing contract as detailed in the report.

c)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to undertake a procurement process for a contractor for the Adventure Zone and other improvements in line with the Contract Procedure Rules.

d)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Business Improvement to award the contract to the successful bidders for the construction of Adventure Zone in line with the Contract procedure Rules, following a briefing with the chair of the Heritage Culture and Leisure Committee on the procurement process and outcome.

e)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Mid Kent Legal Services to enter into contracts and any other necessary agreements for the construction of the Adventure Zone.

 

3)  Mote Park Centre:

a)  That the Committee approve a revised total scheme cost of £1.75m for the Visitor Centre.

b)  That the Committee invest of a further £625k in non-income producing improvements to the park (from the existing Capital Programme) as detailed in the report under the same contract.

c)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to undertake a procurement process for an architect and other professional services and appoint to these contracts in line with the Contract Procedure Rules.

d)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Business to award the contract to the successful bidders for the construction of the Mote Park Centre in line with the Contract Procedure Rules, following a briefing with the chair of the Heritage Culture and Leisure Committee on the procurement process and outcome.

e)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Mid Kent Legal Services to enter into contracts and any other necessary agreements for the construction of the Mote Park Centre.

 

 

Minutes:

The Programme and Projects Manager presented a report on A Sustainable Future for Mote Park Update.

 

The Programme and Projects Manager relayed to the committee that SERCO had offered to run the Adventure Zone as an extension of the contract for running the Leisure Centre. He also stated that the new Mote Park Centre would be built at a reduced cost of £1,750,000 and, from 1st October 2017, a new private operator would be running the Mote Park Café, along with the Museum Café, and then would be involved in the design of the new Mote Park Centre.

 

The Committee discussed the proposed increase in car parking charge from £1 to £2. The purpose of this charge was to ensure the income target was achieved and to balance supply with demand on busy days. The Committee suggested that a sign be placed in the car park to show the overall vision for Mote Park and the reasons for the increase in car parking charges, and the officer stated that this will be covered in the communications plan. The Committee also requested that the usage of the car park was monitored from the very beginning of the new plans, in order that no problems occurred.

 

RESOLVED: 

 

1)  Car Park Charging:

a)  That the Committee approve that the Parking Services Manager amend the Off-Street Parking Places Order to vary the car park tariff for parking for up to 6 hours from £1 to £2, to meet the budget and in response to peak demand, and to invest £250,000 in additional parking provision.

 

2)  Adventure Zone:

a)  That the Committee approve a revised total cost of £1,150,000 for the Adventure Zone.

b)  That the Committee invest of a further £300k in non-income producing improvements to the park (from the existing Capital Programme) within an existing contract as detailed in the report.

c)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to undertake a procurement process for a contractor for the Adventure Zone and other improvements in line with the Contract Procedure Rules.

d)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Business Improvement to award the contract to the successful bidders for the construction of Adventure Zone in line with the Contract procedure Rules, following a briefing with the chair of the Heritage Culture and Leisure Committee on the procurement process and outcome.

e)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Mid Kent Legal Services to enter into contracts and any other necessary agreements for the construction of the Adventure Zone.

 

3)  Mote Park Centre:

a)  That the Committee approve a revised total scheme cost of £1.75m for the Visitor Centre.

b)  That the Committee invest of a further £625k in non-income producing improvements to the park (from the existing Capital Programme) as detailed in the report under the same contract.

c)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to undertake a procurement process for an architect and other professional services and appoint to these contracts in line with the Contract Procedure Rules.

d)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Business to award the contract to the successful bidders for the construction of the Mote Park Centre in line with the Contract Procedure Rules, following a briefing with the chair of the Heritage Culture and Leisure Committee on the procurement process and outcome.

e)  That the Committee delegate authority to the Head of Mid Kent Legal Services to enter into contracts and any other necessary agreements for the construction of the Mote Park Centre.

 

Voting:   For - 6   Against - 0 Abstention - 0

 

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