Asset Management, Culture & Housing & Customer Services, Sport & Leisure Cabinet Members – Minutes – 25 February 2015

The council had made a number of improvements to the visitor experience at Normanby Hall Country Park in recent years. These included the purchase of a new tractor train, provision of new woodland paths, new outdoor cafe furniture, provision of a woodland reading area, improvements to the play area, the new Changing Places facility and the Normanby at War exhibition. It was anticipated that work would also commence in the near future to provide a new Water ‘Splashpad’ Facility.

Officers and elected members had continually discussed possible further ways to improve the park facilities for the benefit of customers and more recently had explored the possibility of improving the offer for camping and touring caravans etc.

The report outlined a proposal to increase the number of touring caravan pitches from five to ten, each provided with hook up facilities for electricity as well as a further five serviced pitches for camping. It was considered that this would allow officers to market the site more extensively.

It was explained that the site did not require a licence under the Caravan Site and Control of Development Act, 1960 for the existing provision, however, extending the facilities would require a site licence and a number of conditions to be met.  These were outlined within the report.

Resolved – (a)  That the Cabinet Member agrees to take forward the projects set out in paragraph 2.3 during the current financial year, and (b) that the Cabinet Member agrees to use underspends within the current approved capital programme to fund the project in question.