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Scrutiny panel to consider Fitties progress reports

A North East Lincolnshire Council scrutiny panel is to receive a progress report on the recommendations made by a select committee following a review of the terms and conditions of Humberston Fitties leases.

Ten recommendations were approved by cabinet in January this year and an update will be considered by the Regeneration, Environment and Housing Scrutiny panel on Tuesday 3 September at 6.30pm at Grimsby Town Hall.
 
One of the recommendations was to establish a working group to explore other opportunities for the management or disposal of the Humberston Fitties.

A report on the potential disposal of the holiday park in line with the recommendation will also be considered by the panel at the same meeting.

The report details the work done so far to explore other opportunities for the management or disposal of the site, including an unsolicited offer made by a private consortium for the freehold of the site and informal discussions with Bourne Leisure Group Ltd, the company that owns the neighbouring Thorpe Park.

Any disposal of the Fitties site will also include the adjoining Humber Mouth Yacht Club as it is connected to the Fitties infrastructure.

The report includes the following five recommendations:

  1. That the unsolicited offer received for the purchase of the freehold of the Humberston Fitties Chalet Park be declined;
  2. That the principle of a disposal by way of lease of the Fitties, the Humber Mouth Yacht Club and the adjoining car park area be approved, subject to any lease proposal demonstrating value for money; 
  3. That authority be given for informal discussions with Bourne Leisure to commence on the details of a possible lease of these areas to that company; 
  4. That the outcome of informal discussions with Bourne Leisure be reported back to Cabinet;
  5. That Cabinet determine what action should now be taken on the actions arising from the other recommendations made in January 2013.

The scrutiny panel will consider the contents of the report and make its own recommendations to cabinet ahead of a decision being made on 14 October.

Cllr Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said the working group’s report came after an open and thorough examination of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Fitties holiday park.

He added: “I, along with many other local people, care deeply about the Fitties and it’s important that decisions made about the holiday park’s future are rigorously scrutinised so we get the best result for the borough.

“All interested parties had the opportunity to have their say during the select committee’s two day public hearing in October last year.

“It’s now seven months since Cabinet approved the recommendations that followed that hearing and we’re now in a position to consider carefully the potential disposal of the site.”

The Regeneration, Environment and Housing Scrutiny panel meets on Tuesday 3 September at 6.30pm at Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HX.

For more details about the meeting visit: www.nelincs.gov.uk/meetings/committee/69/meeting/2152