Cobtree Manager presented the report
updating the Committee on the operation of the estate.
Committee noted that:-
·The Estate had been awarded the Green
·New security measures had been put in place
following the break-in of the Visitor Centre/Café during the
May bank holiday weekend.
·Two students from Hadlow
College studying horticulture and conservation had been working
with the Cobtree Ranger over
·Events in the park had been fully booked.
·The EPOS system in the Café was now working
properly and an additional point of sale has been
·The Men in Sheds project continued to thrive with
more Members joining. The problems with
condensation in the Elephant House had led to them seeking funding
for works to the roof from the Trust.
·The Communications Team were working on a redesign
of the visitors survey for the
café in readiness for the summer holidays.
·Car parking income continued to flourish.
·The new design for the car park was
·The new management agreement and lease for the
operation of the golf course had still not been
completed. Officers were hopeful that
the remaining issues would be resolved in the near
·The members of CMET were very keen to see a train on
the estate and initial enquiries had been made with Kent Highways
to look at the feasibility of going under the highway. Planning permission would also need to be
the contents of the Estate Update be noted.
That the plans for the car park resurfacing be progressed.