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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2019.
OPDC Local Plan (Page 2) – Miriam Shea asked that Friends of Wormwood Trust be amended to Friends of Wormwood Scrubs.
The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a correct record.
Apologies for absence
No apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
If a member has a disclosable or significant interest in any item on the agenda, they should declare it here.
A member with a significant interest in an item should withdraw from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote is taken.
This report presents the Trust’s Annual Trustee’s Report which includes the draft 2018/19 financial accounts.
Stephen Hollingworth, Advisor to the Trust provided a summary of the Trustee’s Report and an overview of the year. It was noted that the correct value of the in-year surplus was £226,945. The Trust’s land included the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium, Pony Centre, three-bedroom cottage and the single storey parks depot, all of which were valued at £1 in total. It also included the car park valued at £5,000,000 as at 31st March 2018. The main source of income was achieved through the use of the car parks that append Wormwood Scrubs and private car park income from the licence to Hammersmith Hospital Trust. Exceptional income was also generated from the Kensington Aldridge Academy and this remained stable. In addition, the main source of resources expended were payments in respect of grounds maintenance.
Stephen Waley-Cohen reported the lack of presence of idverde staff, particularly during the weekends to monitor dog walkers. He felt that this needed to be reviewed and better managed.
Chris Harris, Advisor to the Trust provided an overview of the Statement of Accounts 2018/19 noting that the Trust’s balance sheet was broadly stable. The Trust achieved net incoming resources of £226,945. The out-turn represented an improvement on the budgeted position of £207,591.
Stephen Waley-Cohen expressed his concerns around the increase in the Auditors fees compared to the previous Auditors, especially as the accounts had been yet been completed by Grant Thornton.
Members enquired why there had been a delay in the submission of the final accounts. The Auditors explained that they were appointed in November 2019. This delay was due to the high degree of staff churn of the previous auditors and as a result this deferred the assurance process.
Chris Harris explained that the accounts needed to be submitted to the Charity Commission by the end of the week. If the accounts were submitted later, there would be no financial penalties, but the submission would show as having been submitted after the deadline.
Members noted their disappointment around the late appointment of the Auditors, given that the Committee had made the decision to appoint Grant Thornton at the June meeting.
The Auditors provided an overview, noting that the following key areas were being addressed:
- Further clarification needed to be provided around the ownership of the land. Chris Harris had drafted a paper on this.
- Evidence was requested on the valuation of the car park so this could be assessed. This was also submitted.
- Auditors were working to establish how the reserves for the Trust could be represented to remain compliant with the Charity Law
- Advisors to the Trust noted that there were no indicators of impairment.
- Cash in bank figure should be treated as a debtor.
The Auditors explained that they had hoped to resolve the above in the next few days and a final finding report would be submitted to the Council.
Members explained that in principle they were happy to approve the Statement of Accounts and Trustee’s report, ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
The Committee is asked to note all matters in this report.
Stephen Hollingworth, Advisor to the Trust, presented the report.
Linford Christie stadium
Stephen Hollingworth noted that all handwash basins were now fully operational, following the replacement of the boiler. In addition, amended Heads of Terms had been issued to KDFC and formal agreement was being sought from the club.
Site Management Update
Richard Gill noted that the procurement process had begun to agree a new Ground Maintenance (GM) contract. The first stage was to approach the market to explore what options were available. A proposal was currently also being drafted to Cabinet.
Funding for a new cricket strip had been obtained. This would be an artificial wicket and allow cricket to be played at the Scrubs. The hospital car park was still intermittently crossed by excess water after heavy rain. This would be addressed in the AEM mitigation works in the coming years.
Miriam Shea noted her disappointed of the plan to extend the existing contract questioning why there had been a delay.
Stephen Hollingworth noted that AEM consultants would develop a biodiversity management plan for the Scrubs which would form part of the future plans.
Richard Gill noted that the appointed consultants, Land Use Consultants, had developed the ecological design proposals and a presentation was made on 9th January 2020 to the design team. The sites management and the potential intervention or development on surrounding sites had been considered to develop the masterplan proposals. The main proposals were outlined.
Community Engagement Strategy
Councillor Alexandra Sanderson noted that the consultation plan needed to be more comprehensive given the level of the project. It would be practical to explore ways to engage residents and establish what consultation had already taken place to ensure the right residents/groups were being approached. Stephen Hollingworth noted that this would be built into the contract to ensure a wider consultation was delivered as per the request of the Committee.
Action: Stephen Hollingworth
The Chair enquired whether disabled people had been approached as part of the consultation process. David Burns noted that that the Disability Planning Group would be contacted to ensure this was progressed further.
Action: David Burns
Conservation Management Plan
Richard Gill noted that the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) was not a detailed management and maintenance plan but would help to develop one. The CMP had been submitted to HS2 for comments before being made available to the Committee. Members requested that this document be circulated to the Committee to review.
Action: Richard Gill
Re-Routing Stamford Brook Sewer Legal Agreement
Richard Gill noted that the design proposals for the re-routed Stamford Brook sewer and the UTX works would have an impact on the sites western end. A detailed design had not yet been proposed.
Potential Future Events on Wormwood Scrubs
Stephen Hollingworth noted that the Council was actively seeking future events to take place on the Scrubs. Secret Cinema had been approached to build a temporary set on the Scrubs in 2021 to put on a performance over the summer for a ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
This report provides an update on the business case process and next steps for the appointment of consultants for the stadium feasibility.
David Burns, Advisor to the Trust, presented the report and noted that the Council’s Cabinet had approved £397,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding to be made available to the Trust for completion of the business case.
The final version of the specification and brief was approved by the Chair of the Trust
Committee in October 2019. Members requested that a copy of this be circulated to the Committee. The consultants were currently mobilising and reviewing the information that had been produced to date and would produce a report for the March Committee meeting.
Action: David Burns
The Committee noted this item
Presentation by the AEM Consultants
A presentation will be provided to the Trust by AEM Consultants.
AEM Consultants provided a presentation on the masterplan to improve ecology in Wormwoods Scrubs and noted the following key points:
- The Council was planning ecological enhancements, habitat creation and long-term management proposals for Wormwood Scrubs.
- An overview of the site history and issues was provided.
- The programme for the works would be presented at a public event. This would be advertised on the Council’s website and OPDC streams of contacts.
- The event would potentially take place at the Linford Christie Stadium on Tuesday 11 February 2020 between 4-7pm.
- An outline of the site issues, including access, management and maintenance was provided.
- It was noted that the masterplan aimed to increase biodiversity of the site.
- A consultation would commence in the next planting season
- Works to existing and new features were presented. A pond had been integrated into the design which would include a borehole pump that would increase the biodiversity of the Scrubs.
- HS2 would be delivering some interventions whilst the ecological works would be carried out.
- Visitor experience would also be enhanced – looking at proposals to boost arrival experience, which included directional signage, ecological interpretation, and position. Proposals for artwork needed to be agreed with a local artist.
Councillor Alexandra Sanderson advised that it would be better suited to hold the event on a weekend to accommodate more people. Members noted that the timing between 4-7pm on a weekday didn’t seem accessible for most people and a better turn out would be expected on a Saturday.
The consultants said that they would explore alternative dates to deliver the event on a Saturday and availability of the Kensington Aldridge Academy would also be sought.
Members enquired what was the total budget for the work. The consultants explained that subject to the Committee’s approval, the master plan would be circulated to the cost consultant for a cost plan to be drafted.
The Chair noted that it was important to include an ecological board as part of the proposals.
The Chair thanked the consultants for the presentation and for their contributions made to the meeting.
The consultants noted that they would arrange a meeting with Richard Gill to go through the proposals in further detail.
The Committee noted this item
The report summarises the options and possible next steps available to the Trust in relation to the proposals outlined by Kensington Dragons Football Club (KDFC) to provide improved grass pitches adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium (LCS) as well a new hybrid pitch next to Linford Christie Stadium (LCS).
David Burns, Advisor to the Trust noted the possible next steps available to the Trust in relation to the proposals outlined by Kensington Dragons Football Club (KDFC) to provide improved grass pitches adjacent to Linford Christie Stadium (LCS). Including new hybrid pitch next to LCS. In addition, a draft Heads of Terms was presented as Appendix A.
The Committee was asked to consider the following:
1.1. Whether it wishes, in principle, to proceed with the KDFC Project as outlined as option 3 in paragraph 7 as outlined in the report, considering the charity law implications;
1.2. Subject to approval of the Trust in paragraph 2.1 as outlined in the report, to request Council officers on behalf of the Trust can approach the Charity Commission to seek the necessary consents and authorities as outlined in paragraph 4.2 in the report.
1.3. Subject to approval of paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 as outlined in the report, requesting Council officers (Assistant Director of Growth and Head of Asset Strategy & Property Portfolio) to act on behalf of the Trust to further progress the heads of terms as outlined in the draft version contained in appendix A.
1.4. Subject to approval of paragraph 2.1 and 2.2 as outlined in the report and full due diligence outlined in paragraphs 2.5 and 2.6 as outlined in the report to agree the principle of a financial contribution in the project up to £350,000 as outlined under Option 3 in paragraph 7.
1.5. Subject to approval of paragraph 2.1 and 2.2 as outlined in the report, for Council officers on behalf of the Trust to seek a detailed business case from KDFC; KDFC to provide full financial information on funding for the project and full detailed specification of the works to be undertaken in respect of the project.
1.6. Subject to the approval of paragraph 2.1 and 2.2 as outlined in the report, decide how it would like to proceed with local resident consultation for proposed KDFC project.
The Chair asked how the Trust would recover its funds of £350,000, if these contributions were made to the project. Advisors to the Trust noted that a financial projection would be drafted.
Members also requested a proper analysis of the full forecast for the artificial pitches and this needed to be made transparent before a decision could be made.
They Committee requested that Advisors on behalf of the trust to work with Kensington Dragons to explore alternatives to the Trust funding the works and this be presented at the next Committee meeting.
Action: David Burns
The Committee supported all the recommendations in principle with the exception of 1.4.