Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Progress with Whitehall and Beddington
The Executive Head of Wellbeing, Jan Underhill presented the report which focussed on the 4 successful bids which had been made, updates on the current position and timelines of the Beddington Park and Whitehall Projects, and a future HLF bid for Nonsuch Park.
Following the presentation members questioned whether Little Holland House could be resurrected. The Heritage and Arts Service Manager, Jane Allen explained that Little Holland House was a fragile site and the guidance from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was that safe visitor access needed to be looked at. Initial work on the interior of Little Holland House will begin next month.
Members asked if a site visit with officers to Beddington Park could be arranged for members of the committee. The Technical Services Manager, Bill Wyatt confirmed this could be arranged.
Members queried what the difference in costs were between creating a river channel and dredging the lake in Beddington Park, and also what measures were being taken into account for existing wildlife near and on the lake. The Technical Services Manager explained that there was a significant difference in price and as the proposed river channel posed a risk to losing the lake, dredging was the safer option. The service is aware that it has a responsibility to wildlife. Consideration had been given to birds following appropriate advice from wildlife agencies and groups, and there would be replanting of a variety of shrubs and mature trees.
RESOLVED: that the recommendations of the report be noted and agreed that authority be delegated to the Strategic Director Environment, Housing and Regeneration, to agree the change to design as described at 4.4 of the report and any further adjustments to the Beddington Park Heritage Lottery Fund project designs.
Publication date: 31/05/2017
Date of decision: 30/03/2017
Decided at meeting: 30/03/2017 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee