Decision details

Potential Transfer of Play sites and Highcliffe Recreation Ground

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider representations from the public consultation phase Disposal of Public Open Space procedure and, if satisfied that disposal is acceptable, the potential terms, conditions and legal requirements for the disposal of these assets to Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council.


RESOLVED that: -

(a)           After consideration of the representations and objections from Public Consultation, the results of the Disposal of Public Open Space Procedure are noted;

(b)           The proposal to transfer the freehold ownership of
assets to Highcliffe & Walkford Parish Council (HWPC) is agreed with delegation to the Corporate Property Officer, Interim Director of Environment and the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste to resolve outstanding terms, conditions and legal arrangements;

(c)           The proposal to enter into a contract for Play and Grounds Maintenance for 5 years with HWPC and the legal and financial responsibilities resting with BCP Council for two years are agreed;

(d)           Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 general disposal consent (England) 2003, it is agreed to transfer these assets at below the ‘market’ value; and

(e)           The transfer of the obligations arising from the Fields in Trust designation for Highcliffe Recreation Ground to Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council is agreed.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Environment, Cleansing and Waste


HWPC is the Local Authority (Tier 3) and is best able to maintain and improve the play and recreation offer within their Parish. Local decision making will be in line with its strategic plans for the Parish, implemented using funding raised via its precept. Transfer will also enable HWPC to implement its proposals for a sensory garden

within the Highcliffe Recreation Ground.

The Heads of Terms secures future use of these areas for recreation and the transfers will enable HWPC to invest in the improvement of these areas.

BCP Council is to provide grounds maintenance and play inspection services for an agreed period to ensure smooth hand over of the facilities and seamless delivery of services based on the service standards previously delivered.

Report author: Alan Ottaway

Publication date: 28/05/2021

Date of decision: 26/05/2021

Decided at meeting: 26/05/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/06/2021

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