Meeting Details

Revolving Investment Fund Committee
17 Oct 2018 - 18:00 to 00:00
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Agenda

Part A
1 Welcome and Announcements
The Chairman will welcome members of the public and Councillors and remind everyone to use microphones at all times when they are speaking. The Chairman will also explain action in the event of an emergency, mobile phones switched to silent, audio-recording of the meeting. Councillors who are members of the committee will introduce themselves.
2 Substitutions
Councillors will be asked to say if they are attending on behalf of a Committee member who is absent.
3 Urgent Items
The Chairman will announce if there is any item not on the published agenda which will be considered because it is urgent and will explain the reason for the urgency.
4 Declarations of Interest
Councillors will be asked to say if there are any items on the agenda about which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest which would prevent them from participating in any discussion of the item or participating in any vote upon the item, or any other pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest.
5 Minutes of Previous Meeting
The Councillors will be invited to confirm that the minutes are a correct record of the meeting held on 27 June 2018.
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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2018 be confirmed as a correct record
6 Have Your Say!
The Chairman will invite members of the public to indicate if they wish to speak or present a petition on any item included on the agenda or any other matter relating to the terms of reference of the meeting. Please indicate your wish to speak at this point if your name has not been noted by Council staff.
This report invites the Committee to give approval to enter into negotiations with the preferred bidders for two sites (Site A & B) North of Junction 28 of the A12 and that delegated authority be granted to the Assistant Director, Policy and Corporate, in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Resources to approve the subsequent sale of the sites.
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The Assistant Director, Policy and Corporate submitted a report a copy of which had been circulated to each Member.

Elizabeth Simpson, Head of Estates, Colchester Amphora Ltd, presented the report to the Committee and explained that both sites that were the subject of the report were 0.9 acre sites to the north of the A12.  They had been marketed openly and expressions of interest had been invited.  Bids had been received on a freehold basis and had been assessed against a number of criteria including price, conditions, the ability of the bidder to deliver the proposed scheme and the fit with Northern Gateway plans and objectives.  The sale of the sites would generate capital receipts that would be used towards the Northern Gateway Sports Hub. , 

RESOLVED that:-

(a) Sites A and B, as identified on the site plan at Appendix A to the Assistant Director’s report, be disposed of. 

(b) It be noted that the total capital receipt for these sites will be allocated into the Revolving Investment Fund (RIF) and earmarked for funding for the Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Hub as agreed by Cabinet in November 2016 and as amended in August 2017. 

(c) Negotiations be entered into with the preferred bidders for Site A and Site B as detailed in the not for publication Appendix B.  

(d) If agreement is not reached with the preferred bidder for either site, authority be delegated to the Assistant Director, Policy and Corporate, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources, to approach the under bidders to secure the best terms for disposal.

(e) Authority be delegated to the Assistant Director, Policy and Corporate in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Resources the authority to negotiate the Heads of Terms and the conclusion of legal documentation for the sale of the sites.

REASONS

To enter into negotiations with the preferred bidder for each site with the objective of disposing of them to secure capital receipts for funding for the Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Hub.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

The Council could keep hold of the land and retain it as a longer term asset to develop it itself in the future. However, the capital receipt has already been allocated for a regeneration project within the RIF.

The Council could seek to accept bids which were not conditional on planning or on any other factors. Whilst this may be suitable in order to dispose of the property quickly, it may not achieve the highest value and/or the best use of the site although it would remove some of the risks surrounding a conditional disposal.
 
8 Exclusion of the Public (Cabinet)
In accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and in accordance with The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 to exclude the public, including the press, from the meeting so that any items containing exempt information (for example personal, financial or legal advice), in Part B of this agenda (printed on yellow paper) can be decided. (Exempt information is defined in Section 100I and Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).
Publication and Call in Arrangements
Date Published 18 October 2018

Date when decisions may be implemented (unless ‘called in’) 5pm 25 October 2018 

NB All decisions except urgent decisions, those subject to pre-scrutiny and those recommended to Council may be subject to the Call-in Procedure.  

Requests for the scrutiny of relevant decisions by the Scrutiny Panel must be signed by at least ONE Councillor AND FOUR other Councillors to countersign the call-in form OR to indicate support by e-mail.  All such requests must be delivered to the Proper Officer by no later than 5pm on Thursday 25 October 2018.
 
Part B
The Committee is invited to consider the not for publication appendix to the Assistant Director's report.
  1. Disposal of Sites North of junction 28 - appx B
    • This report is not for publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (financial / business affairs of a particular person, including the authority holding information).
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The Committee resolved under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Meetings and Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2012 to exclude the public from the meeting for the following item as they involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

This minute is not for publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (information relating to the financial or business affairs of a particular person, including the authority holding the information).

Meeting Documents

  1. RIF minutes 171018 - not for public extract - Exempt

Declarations of Interests

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