The Committee were informed of the action approved by the Chairman since the last meeting of the Committee in respect of (i) a further six months extension to the use of the Chetwynd Centre by Flash Ley Primary School together with the plans for the pupils to move back to the school once the necessary remedial works have been completed; and (ii) the granting of a Tenancy at Will to enable Queen Elizabeth Mercian School (QEMS) to continue to use buildings on the site of Landau Forte whilst negotiations take place in relation to the terms for their continued use of the buildings.
The Committee also received a schedule and plans detailing the land and buildings for which the County Council had responsibility as a Trustee.
Mr. Lane indicated that he was attending the Committee’s meeting in a personal capacity to give independent advice to Members on property matters and that he was not attending in his role as the Council’s officer for Strategic Projects - Directorate Support. He sought the views of the Committee on the selection of the quotes which had been received from two marketing agents (Savills plc and Kingston Commercial Property Consultants) relating to the proposed disposal of the Chetwynd Centre. The Committee expressed the view that the quote submitted by Kingston Commercial Property Consultants provided better value for money and should therefore be accepted.
Mr Lane also sought the views of the Committee regarding the future of the buildings on the site of the Landau Forte Academy which were currently occupied by the (QEMS) under a Tenancy at Will. He indicated that QEMs were using two of the buildings on the site but that the third building (the former Grammar School) was not being used. As a consequence of the former Grammar School not being maintained, its condition was deteriorating. Mr Lane sought the views of the Committee as to whether they wished to offer a long lease to QEMS for their continued occupation of the site of the Landau Forte Academy. He added that a long lease (25 years or longer) would enable the School to bid for Central Government Funding to enhance the buildings for use for educational purposes in line with the ambitions of the Charity Trust. The Committee expressed the view that QEMS should be offered a long term lease of the land and buildings at the Landau Forte Academy at a nominal sum.
Mr Lane indicated that he would bring a report to the next meeting of the Committee in relation to the status and future of the Alleyne’s Grammar School site in Oulton Road, Stone.
RESOLVED – (a) That the actions approved by the Chairman since the last meeting of the Committee be noted.
(b) That the schedule and plans detailing the land and buildings for which the County Council had responsibility as a Trustee be received.
(c) That the quote submitted by Kingston Commercial Property Consultants in relation to marketing the proposed sale of the Chetwynd Centre be accepted.
(d) That QEMS be offered a long term lease of the land and buildings at the Landau Forte Academy for a nominal sum.
(e) That it be noted that a report will be submitted to the next meeting of the Committee on the status and future of the Alleyne’s Grammar School site, Stone.