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Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee

20th July 2017

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

To note

 

Cobtree Manor Estate Update Report July 2017

 

Final Decision-Maker

Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee

Lead Head of Service

Head of Regeneration and Economic Development

Lead Officer and Report Author

Jason Taylor – Leisure Manager

Classification

Public

Wards affected

Boxley

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

1.   The Committee is asked to note the contents of the Estate Update.

 

 

 

This report relates to the following corporate priorities:

·         Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all -Ensuring that there are good leisure and culture facilities

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee

20 July 2017



Cobtree Manor Estate Update Report March 2017

 

 

1.        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1         The information in the report is intended to give the Committee an understanding of the day to day work of the Estate and the issues that affect its management. It also provides a record of all that is achieved across the different parts of the estate.

 

1.2     The estate update covers the period from when the Committee last met in March 2017.

 

 

2.        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1                     The Cobtree Manor Estate covers a large area of land left in trust to the people of Maidstone. The Cobtree Trust hold the freehold to the estate whilst the Cobtree Manor Estate Trust (CMET) have a 999 year lease. Maidstone Borough Council is the Corporate Trustee of CMET.

 

Cobtree Manor Estate Charity - Governing Object

 

The governing object of the Charity remains that defined in the lease of the

Cobtree Estate dated 13 July 1971 between the Cobtree Charity Trust

Limited (the lessor) and the Maidstone Borough Council (the lessee). The

governing object is stated as:

 

“To hold Cobtree Manor and Cobtree Manor Estate for the benefit of the

inhabitants of Maidstone and other members of the general public in one or

other or all of the following ways:

i) By maintaining the Cobtree Manor Estate as an open space as defined by the Open Spaces Act 1906 and if the lessees think fit providing thereat facilities for organised games and other sports”.

ii) With the consent of …[the Cobtree Charity Trust Limited and the

Kent County Council]… in such other way for the benefit of the inhabitants of Maidstone and other members of the general public as the Council shall from time to time think appropriate.”

 

2.2 The estate update outlines the workings of the estate since the previous

report and updates the committee on this.

2.3 As requested previously by the Committee additional information regarding the Cobtree Café/Visitor Centre is supplied in a separate report.

 

 

3.        AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1                     To note the contents of the report and Appendix I.




PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

3.2         It is recommended that the information in Appendix I to the report is noted in order to ensure an accurate record of work across the estate is maintained

 

 

4.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

4.1         The committee has previously resolved to receive regular updates on the ongoing work across the Estate.

 

 

5.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

5.1         Any comments from the Committee will be passed on to the relevant parties.

 

 

6.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

The work of the charity links

directly to its charitable objects

and the corporate priorities of

the Council.

Head of

Regeneration and Economic

Development

Risk Management

Risks to running the estate are

dealt with in the annual Estate

Risk Management Report.

 

Financial

Financial risks are considered in

the ongoing finance updates.

Cobtree

Finance

Officer

Staffing

No implications.

 

Legal

No implications.

Deputy Head

of the Legal

Partnership

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

No implications.

 

Environmental/Sustainable Development

No implications.

 

Community Safety

No implications.

 

Human Rights Act

No implications.

 

Procurement

No implications.

 

Asset Management

No implications.

 

 

7.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

The following documents are to be published with this report and form part of the report:

·         Appendix I: Cobtree Manor Park Update Report July 2017

 

8.        BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

None

 

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