Asset Management, Culture & Housing Cabinet Member – Minutes – 25 March 2015

The Community Right to Bid initiative allowed local community groups or parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing as Assets of Community Value under the Community Right to Bid scheme.

For a local group to successfully nominate an asset it would have to show that:

  • it was based within the local authority area (or a neighbouring authority); and
  • it was a group that was qualified to make the nomination.

Listed assets must either improve, or had recently improved, the community’s social wellbeing or social interest.  They must also be likely of doing so in the future.

The Nominations Register set out the progress made for each nomination from the date it was received through to the listing review, as applicable.  The Nominations Register was appended to the report.

Resolved – That the latest information held within the Nominations Register be noted.

143   (43) BAYSGARTH HOUSE MUSEUM – The Director of Places submitted a report to consider a request from CHAMP (Community Heritage Arts and Media Project) to extend the extent of their existing lease at Baysgarth House Museum.

CHAMP had successfully managed Baysgarth House Museum on behalf of the council since 2004.  They had an existing lease of the Museum for 30 years from 1 April 2004.  The current lease was shown on the plan appended to the report.

CHAMP had aspirations to re-furbish parts of the museum to include the installation of a lift and toilets to aid access for disabled visitors.  CHAMP had been unsuccessful in their attempts to raise external funding to cover the cost of such works.  The Heritage Lottery Fund could provide some grant funding if such works were balanced by cultural gain

The current lease to CHAMP did not include any open areas other than hard surfaced areas, such as the courtyard between the Museum buildings.  CHAMP had requested an extension of the extent of the grounds to include an area within the adjacent Baysgarth Park.  Such an addition to their grounds would make additional cultural and community gain possible, which would make improvement projects more attractive to funders.

Baysgarth House Museum and the park were transferred to a predecessor authority in 1930.  There were no covenants or restrictions that would prevent the council from entering into such a lease.

CHAMP did not intend to fence off the land in question.  A restriction to prevent such action would be included within any lease granted.  Rights for access for the general public would also be included.

The land was currently maintained by the council as part of Baysgarth Park.  If the land was leased to CHAMP this arrangement would continue in order to continue with a uniform maintenance regime.

Resolved – That the request from CHAMP for an extension to the extent of grounds leased at Baysgarth House Museum, as illustrated in the appendix to the report, be approved.

The corresponding reports of the following items (Minutes 144 to 145 refer) contain exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

144   (144) REVIEW OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR OPERATIONAL HOUSING – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval for proposed changes to the establishment for technical support for Operational Housing.

The relocation of all of the Operational Housing function to Church Square House had presented an opportunity to review the existing technical support function with the aim of promoting a more flexible workforce across the whole of the service area.

Full details of the proposals were set out in the report and accompanying appendices.

Resolved – That the reorganisation of the technical support for Operational Housing, as set out in the report and accompanying appendices, be approved.

145       (145) PROPERTY TRANSACTION SCHEDULE – The Director of Places submitted a report for consideration, and where necessary, approval of a schedule containing the terms of all recently negotiated property transactions.

The schedule covered both operational and commercial property.

Resolved – That the schedule appended to the report be approved.