Asset Management, Culture & Housing Cabinet Member – Minutes – 25 March 2014

The corresponding reports of the following item (Minute 85 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

85    (36) ELSHAM QUARRY – The Director of Places submitted a report which outlined a request from Brigg and Wolds Ward Members to assist Elsham Parish Council to acquire Elsham Quarry.

The former Elsham Quarry was a 25.7 acre site located on the outskirts of Elsham at Middlegate Lane and was predominantly grass and woodland.

It was explained that the current owners were looking to dispose of their freehold interests in the site. Elsham Parish Council was eager to acquire the site and see it retained for its current purpose as a local walking spot and an informal nature reserve.

Elsham Parish Council was unable to immediately raise the funds required to acquire the site.  Brigg and Wolds Ward Councillors had asked if the council could acquire the site on behalf of Elsham Parish Council with the intention for the Parish Council to eventually take ownership of the site and reimburse the council for any costs incurred.

Further details of the proposal were outlined within the report.

An urgent decision was sought on this matter to allow the required progress to be achieved at the earliest possible opportunity.

Resolved – (a) That the request from Brigg and Wolds Ward Councillors to assist Elsham Parish Council to acquire Elsham Quarry on the basis set out in this paper be considered; (b) that prior to any acquisition by the council of Elsham Quarry, the council secures the legally binding agreement of Elsham Parish Council, guaranteeing that they will reimburse in full any costs incurred by the council in acquiring the site and thereafter take on ownership and all liabilities relating to the site by an agreed date within 9 months of the council acquiring the site, and (c) in the event of the council having acquired the site, Elsham Parish Council fail to secure the funds needed to reimburse the council within 9 months, that the council places the site on the market for an unrestricted sale in order to recover any costs incurred.

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