Your Councillors

Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee

28th April 2017

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

Yes

 

Cobtree Manor Park Café Easter Holiday Trials

 

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 – Parks and Leisure Manager

Classification

Public

Wards affected

Boxley

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

1.   To note the contents of the report on Cobtree Manor Park Café in Appendix I.

2.   To approve that the trial arrangements are made permanent during school holidays, bank holidays and busy times.

 

 

 

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

28th April 2017



Cobtree Manor Park Café Easter Holiday Trials

 

 

1.        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1     The information in the report shown in Appendix I is intended to give the Committee an update on the various activities that were trialled at Cobtree Manor Park Café during the Easter holidays in April 2017 and to ask for approval to continue with the new arrangements implemented during the trial period.

 

 

2.        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1     At the March 2017 Cobtree Manor Estate Trust (CMET) meeting proposals were presented for a number of changes to the operation of the Cobtree Manor Park Café during April, to enhance the customer experience whilst improving the operation and profitability of the cafe.

2.2     Committee members had some concerns about the proposals and it was agreed that the options would be trialled over the Easter holidays.

2.3     The success of these trials was monitored; customer’s feedback sought and the results are enclosed in Appendix I.

 

3.        AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1      To note the contents of the report in Appendix I. to ensure an accurate record of work across the estate is maintained and that the trial arrangements are made permanent during school holidays, bank holidays and busy times.

 

4.       PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1     The preferred option is set out at 3.1 above and is recommended as the trial was a success, with a profit made over the period, and was supported by good customer feedback.

 

 

5.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

5.1     The results of the consultation referred to in Appendix I will be provided at the meeting.

 

 

6.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

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

 

 

7.       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

Financial

Financial risks are considered in

the ongoing finance updates.

Cobtree

Finance

Officer

Staffing

No immediate implications.

 

Legal

No implications.

 

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.

 

 

8.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

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

·         Appendix I: Cobtree Manor Park Café Easter Trial Report.

 

9.        BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

None