Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for A Thriving Economy / Director of Economy consulting the Township Committee on proposals relating to
It was reported that the owners of Cutgate Shopping Centre had proposed releasing the Council from the Deed of Dedication. The implications of terminating the Deed of Dedication were that the Council will would longer face the cost and indemnity liabilities arising from the car park, however would lose control of the way the car park is managed. As a disposal of the Council’s interest in the property the surrender of the Deed of Dedication could be approved on one of two ways:
· If all Ward Councillors and Township Chair agree to the disposal, the matter can be determined by the delegated authority of the Portfolio Holder for Finance.
· If any of the Ward Councillors or Township Chair withhold approval, the matter needs to be determined by Cabinet.
Rochdale North Township could decide that the Deed of Dedication remains in place in which case funds will need to be available for annual maintenance to the estimated sum of £5,000 per annum and/or a periodic and larger capital sum. The car park could remain with the Council and future public use would be secured.
That the matter be deferred to Cabinet.
Reason for resolution
The Council has faced the threat of legal action due to the periodic deteriorating condition of the car park. If the Council is unable to identify a dedicated budget for routine maintenance and a periodic capital budget for more extensive works there is a risk of injury or damages as a result of uneven surfaces.