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There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes of the last meeting PDF 223 KB
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2022 were agreed as an accurate record.
Steve Hollingworth (Advisor to the Trust) presented the report and outlined the progress in respect of the Stamford Brook Sewer (SBS), UTX site and demolition of the Wycombe Line Bridge.
In reply to the Chair’s enquiry about the duration of the road closures after the demolition of the Wycombe Line Bridge commenced in December 2022, Steve Hollingworth advised that while the Trust was yet to receive further details, he understood that the road closures would be kept to a minimum.
Stephen Waley-Cohen (Co-opted member) enquired about the scope of the reinstatement of the landscape after the associated site of the SBS was handed back in December 2022. Steve Hollingworth confirmed that the reinstatement on SBS would be the same as agreed for the alternative access road with same soil and seed mix.
Thames Valley Harriers (TVH) Clubhouse
Steve Hollingworth briefed members on the TVH’s proposal to refurbish their clubhouse to improve the gym equipment, catering and toilet facilities at a cost of £400,000 with a view to securing more usage of the clubhouse by the wider community. Members noted that the TVH asked the Committee to consider contributing £40,000 towards the cost of these works.
Miriam Shea (Co-opted member) enquired about the extent of opening up the clubhouse to the wider community in terms of facilities and the opening hours. Steve Hollingworth said he believed that the operator would open the café to the wider community as much as possible during daytime and through to the evenings in summer. He agreed with the view of Miriam Shea that the Council might have a view on the opening hours of the café when granting the operating licence. The Chair added that the Committee needed to ensure that the said facilities were made available to the wider community after the refurbishment. Councillor Bora Kwon echoed that the Committee needed information on the community’s access to the facilities and the hours of operation.
Councillor Dominic Stanton considered it helpful if a business plan reflecting the operator’s financial capacity was in place for members to consider the proposal having regard to the income and expenditure forecasts. Stephen Waley-Cohen expressed support to the TVH proposal and considered it would be great if the Committee could give a green light for the TVH to identify potential café operator and produce the business plan. Reiterating her support in principle, Miriam Shea considered it prudent for the café operator to plan ahead when the margin was not desirable.
In reply to Councillor Dominic Stanton’s enquiry about the timeline of the refurbishment works, Steve Hollingworth said he understood the TVH would like to proceed as soon as possible with a view to operating the refurbished facilities by next season. Noting members’ views, he undertook to follow up with the TVH for the additional information and include the relevant conditions in the draft grant agreement for consideration and approval by the Committee at its next meeting scheduled for 14 December.
The Chair reiterated the Committee’s view ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Date of next meeting
To note the date of the next meeting:
· 14 December 2022
Members noted the next meeting would be held on 14 December 2022.