That the objection received in relation to the S123 Notice on Beeches Playing Field is not specifically in relation to the disposal of Public Open Space, but a concern relating to potential commercial competition.
Decision Maker: Executive Director – Finance and Assets - Paul Jones
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
That the ‘objection received’ in relation to the S123 Notice on Beeches Playing Field is not specifically in relation to the disposal of Public Open Space, but a concern relating to potential commercial competition.
The Council intends to continue to engage with any businesses expressing concern and consider any evidence presented in regards to an impact on them. We should not lose sight that these opportunities are providing other businesses a lifeline, and the best possible outcome would be for these businesses to co-exist.
This decision has been considered in accordance with the 16th February 2021 Cabinet paper, with the lead Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets and the Borough Solicitor.
Reasons for the decision:
The objection received was not specifically an objection in relation to the disposal of open space.
Alternative options considered:
Wards Affected: Charlton Kings;
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Consultation undertaken as part of the 16th February 2021 and 22nd December 2020 Cabinet papers. This consultation consisted of: contacting ward members and where they responded they were in support, parish councils and where they responded they were in support, Friends of Groups where they existed they responded in support, Asset Management Working Group, were in support but were keen to secure local traders, two cabinet papers, which showed unanimous support, Parks and green spaces were championing this offer and they also contacted local sports groups who were known to use the fields and where they responded about the kiosk opportunity they were in support.
We also advertised the opportunity widely on social media and on our webpage and we advertise the S123 Notice in local papers for two consecutive weeks. We have received over 800 responses from members of the public which were overwhelming in support (however these did tend to focus on the Hatherley opportunity).
Consultation received was positive and in support of the disposal of public open space for a trial period at Beeches Playing field, of up to 9 months.
Contact: Paul Jones, Executive Director-Finance and Assets 01242 264365 Email: email@example.com.
Publication date: 25/02/2021
Date of decision: 24/02/2021