Third Party Management of Kings Hill Sports Park
As identified in the independent financial investigation below the acquisition of the Sports Park was a major financial and management commitment for Kings Hill Parish Council, and whilst intentions were positive and community oriented, the investigator could not identify a robust and strongly managed business plan from the outset. Financial control was lost, resulting in major spending without adequate understanding of the consequences on income or the parish council’s capacity to continue sustaining the losses.
The investigator recommended that the council should seek to identify a professional community sports and leisure management company to take over day to day control of the Sports Park. In so doing the council will reduce the financial and operational risk inherent in direct management. Full Council voted to implement the recommendations in December 2020.
Kings Hill Parish Council does not own the Sports Park, it is
owned by Rouse Kent Residential Limited (RKRL) represented by Liberty Property Trust and the parish council has a long term lease to run the facility for the community, with no option to surrender.
Since March 2020 the parish council has been seeking alternative management options. The decisions for an alternative management option sit with the freeholder, RKRL. The parish council has no powers to decide who can run the Sports Park.
Minutes of meetings, decisions and the full tmactive proposals have been viewed and discussed in the public domain and all of the details are published on the parish council website under the Committee and Meetings page.
The decision to proceed with tmactive was taken at Full Council in December 2020 (at a public meeting) and the full council meeting held on Wednesday 17th February 2021 was the next stage of contract negotiation, which is not permitted to take place in the public domain as the contracts are subject to legal privilege at this time.
Decision taken the Full Council Meeting - 17th February 2021
To approve the tmactive sublease and management agreement
for Kings Hill Sports Park, for associated legal works to be carried out by
Berry and Lambert solicitors and completion of the transaction by the proper
officer in consultation with the Sports Park Lease Working Group.
After consideration it was RESOLVED to approve the proposed tmactive sublease and management agreement and to proceed with the legal works to completion.