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Five Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park & Nature Centre

Meeting: 10/01/2024 - Cabinet (Item 9)

9 Five Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park & Nature Centre

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio

 

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To consider report HCS/068 of the Head of Community Services, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on 8 January 2024.

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Decision:

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RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet

 

a)      approves the Five-Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park and Nature Centre (Appendix A of HCS/068).

 

b)      approves that the current reserve together with any income over target be allocated to a Park Reserve and ring fenced to fund projects across Tilgate, the Nature Centre and other parks and open spaces.

 

c)      delegates authority to the Head of Community Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing to proceed with projects and proposals subject to budget availability and delegation limits.

 

(Generic Delegation 7 will be used to enact this recommendation).

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

A strategic approach to plan future opportunities and initiatives across the park is required to allow for inter-dependencies and prioritisation of projects.

 

Previous Business Plans for Tilgate Park have demonstrated the need to maintain the core infrastructure (toilets, car park, paths and access) to enable the park to retain its position as a top visitor attraction.

 

Continuing to develop the leisure facilities, Nature Centre and events will ensure regular visitors and income to the park throughout the year which enables the site to be self-financing and provide financial support for projects within the other parks and open spaces

 

Minutes:

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The Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing presented report HCS/068of the Head of Community Services. The report explored proposals to further improve facilities available to visitors at Tilgate Park & Nature Centre over the next five years whilst maintaining the existing infrastructure and income targets.

 

Councillor Ayling presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 8 January 2024.

 

Councillor Crow was invited to speak on the item.

 

Councillors Irvine, Rana Nawaz and Jones all spoke as part of the discussion on the report. 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet

 

a)      approves the Five-Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park and Nature Centre (Appendix A of HCS/068).

 

b)      approves that the current reserve together with any income over target be allocated to a Park Reserve and ring fenced to fund projects across Tilgate, the Nature Centre and other parks and open spaces.

 

c)       delegates authority to the Head of Community Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing to proceed with projects and proposals subject to budget availability and delegation limits.

(Generic Delegation 7 will be used to enact this recommendation).

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

A strategic approach to plan future opportunities and initiatives across the park is required to allow for inter-dependencies and prioritisation of projects.

 

Previous Business Plans for Tilgate Park have demonstrated the need to maintain the core infrastructure (toilets, car park, paths and access) to enable the park to retain its position as a top visitor attraction.

 

Continuing to develop the leisure facilities, Nature Centre and events will ensure regular visitors and income to the park throughout the year which enables the site to be self-financing and provide financial support for projects within the other parks and open spaces.

 


Meeting: 08/01/2024 - Overview and Scrutiny Commission (Item 10)

10 Five Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park & Nature Centre

Exempt Paragraph 3

Information relating to financial and business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information)

 

To consider report HCS/068 of the Head of Community Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Exempt Paragraph 3

Information relating to financial and business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information)

 

The Commission considered report HCS/068 of the Head of Community Services. The report explored proposals to further improve facilities available to visitors at Tilgate Park and Nature Centre over the next five years whilst maintaining the existing infrastructure and income targets. During the discussion with the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing, the Head of Community Services and Parks and Business Development Manager, the following comments were made:

·         Recognition that the Five-Year Business Plan would support the spend to save or spend to earn initiatives for the park to continue to be self-financing. The continuing development of the facilities and events would ensure regular visitors and income to the park throughout the year assisted the site to be self-financing and provided financial support for projects within the other parks and open spaces.

·         Acknowledgement that a strategic approach to plan future opportunities and initiatives across the park allowed for inter-dependencies and prioritisation of projects. The ambitious ideas would allow the park to continue as a high-quality regional venue.

·         Confirmation was sought and provided on the evaluation of the finances and analysis of income contained within the report.

 

RESOLVED

That the Commission noted the report and requested that the views expressed during the debate, were fed back to the Cabinet through the Commission’s Comment sheet.