SMTC Weekly Report 11/8/17
By Andrew Coates, Town Clerk, Aug 11 2017 03:20PM
Items of importance dealt with week commencing 7th August 2017
South Molton Swimming Pool
The Trustees of the South Molton swimming Pool have been in discussions with a couple of companies who might be interested in taking over responsibility and running of the swimming pool. One company in particular has expressed an interest and as can be seen from the attachment they want to have a discussion with Councillors and present their proposal at the same time. The relevance to the Council is that at the moment we contribute each year to the running of the pool and this may need to be re-negotiated. I am suggesting 5th September for this meeting at 6.30pm in the Amory Centre.
Linhay and Owl Box
The Linhay at the bottom of Station Road in the woodland field has now been fully repaired and the owl box has been re-located to that Linhay ready for next season. The other Linhay which was discussed at the recent Estates and Amenities Meeting is being reviewed by a local builder to ascertain what works could be achieved at the given price of the section 106 monies available.
Equipment at Kingdon Avenue
Some play equipment has been vandalised at the play area at the top of Kingdon Avenue and this was reported to the Town Council. This does belong to a subsidiary of Baker Estates and today they have been informed and have logged the repair.
Land off Gunswell Lane
The ongoing discussions with baker Estates have not materialised any further and we are still awaiting a formal enhanced offer on our parcel of land. I will be contacting the Planning Department to ascertain how leaving our parcel of land out of the development might affect the overall plan. I do not recommend at the moment making any decision until the final offer is known.
Tender for Plot G at Pathfields
The Tender Documents for the land are now ready and I attach for Councillors information. The process is as follows: The advert will go in next week and the tender documents for interested parties will be sent out on Monday 14th August. The tender period is for 6 weeks and replies must be in by 18th September. It is a very flexible tender in that the Council does not have to accept the highest price nor does it have to accept any of the offers. Also if interested parties want to purchase parcels of land instead of the whole the Council can consider that as well. The Tenders are opened by the Land Agent and the solicitor and then passed to the Council for acceptance or not. It is a very transparent process and at the end of the day the Council will vote on the outcome.
There are no scheduled meetings for the forthcoming week.
There will be a Planning Meeting sometime in August but there will be no Town Council meeting this month. Finance will be held on Monday 21st August at 8.30am.
Other meetings- Neighbourhood Plan Meeting on Monday 14th August at 6.30pm.
Arts Meeting – Thursday 17th August at 6.30pm in the Amory Centre.