It was noted that apologies were received by
Councillors Barned, Brice, Harper, Gooch and Fermor.
Notification of Substitute Members
noted that the following members were present as substitute
·Councillor Round for Councillor Brice
·Councillor Joy for Councillor Fermor
·Councillor Adkinson for Councillor Harper
·Councillor Munford for Councillor Gooch
Chairman informed the Committee that there were two urgent updates
for Item 10 - Phase 3 Public Realm. The reason for urgency was that
the updates gave the Committee an additional legal option for
carrying out the work outlined in the report.
Notification of Visiting Members
were no visiting members.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
no disclosures by Members or Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
no disclosures of lobbying.
RESOLVED:That Item 11
– Brunswick and Union Street Car Park Development Update be
taken in private due to the possible disclosure of exempt
Presentation of Petitions (if any)
were no petitions.
Questions and answer session for members of the public (if any)
were no questions from members of the public.
Fran Wallis, the Local Economy Project Officer, presented a report
proposing to enter into a Section 278 agreement with Kent Highways
in order to carry out Phase 3 of the Public Realm regeneration
Wallis confirmed that since the report had last been taken to the
Committee, six tenders had been received and there was no shortfall
in funding due to the value of the tenders received.
options that Mrs Wallis presented to the Committee were that the
Committee could instruct the Monitoring Officer to enter into a
Section 278 agreement or do nothing. The do nothing option would
result in the scheme not progressing as a Section 278 agreement was
required for the scheme to progress.
That delegated authority is given to the Head of Mid
Kent Legal Services to enter into a s278
agreement with Kent County Council for the Phase 3 Public Realm
Exclusion of the Press and Public
press and public are excluded from the meeting due to the possible
disclosure of exempt information.
Brunswick and Union Street Car Park Developments Update
William Cornall, the Director for Regeneration & Place,
presented an update on the Brunswick and Union Street
Committee noted that the following changes had occurred to the
viability of the scheme, which had meant that overall financial
viability had improved:
·The Council had been awarded £658,000 from the
government’s Land Release Fund to help fund the development;
·A payment was required to be made to an existing
tenant on the site to incentivise them to give up their lease
early. This decision was contained in the existing delegation
already granted by the Committee.