Decision details

Transfer of green space assets to Christchurch Town Council

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Formal approval is required to the agreed terms detailing the financial arrangements and responsibility for three spaces, at Barrack Road recreation ground and Skate facilities at Waterman's Park and Two Riversmeet, to be transferred from BCP to Christchurch Town Council.


It is RECOMMENDED that Cabinet:

(a)             Considers the outcome of the Public Consultation, set out in paragraph 7 & 8 of this report and notes the requirements of the Disposal of Public Open Space Procedure in paragraph 10.

(b)            Agrees to transfer to Christchurch Town Council the freehold ownership of assets:

·                  Barrack Road Recreation Ground,

·                  Two Riversmeet Skate Park

·                  Waterman’s Skate Park

under the terms, conditions and legal arrangements set out.

It is RECOMMENDED that Council:

(c)             Agrees to transfer these assets at below the ‘market’ value, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 general disposal consent (England) 2003,

It is RECOMMENDED that Cabinet:

(d)            Agrees the transfer of the obligations arising from the Fields in Trust designation for Waterman’s Park Skate Park to Christchurch Town Council.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Council Priorities and Delivery


CTC is the Tier 3 Local Authority. It will be able to maintain and improve play and recreation matched to local needs and take local decisions based on its strategic plans. Implementation of improvements will use funding raised via its precept. Transfer of these sites will also enable CTC to implement any new proposals identified in its developing Neighbourhood Plan.

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

BCP Council will provide grounds maintenance and play inspection services on a rechargeable basis. This will be 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: Kate Langdown

Publication date: 10/03/2023

Date of decision: 08/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 08/03/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 18/03/2023

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