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Cobtree Manor Estate Update July 2017

Meeting: 20/07/2017 - Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee (Item 19)

19 Report of the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development - Cobtree Manor Estate Update July 2017 pdf icon PDF 44 KB

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The Cobtree Manager presented the report updating the Committee on the operation of the estate. 


The Committee noted that:-


·  The Estate had been awarded the Green Flag.

·  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 May/June.

·  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 introduced.

·  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 presented.

·  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 future.

·  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 sought.



1.  That the contents of the Estate Update be noted.

2.  That the plans for the car park resurfacing be progressed.

Voting:  For:  unanimous