Agenda and minutes

Select Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 10th March 2015 5.30 pm

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Confirmation of Minutes - 1 July 2014 pdf icon PDF 87 KB


That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2014 be confirmed.


Declarations of Interest


None received.


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Request to Call-In an Asset Management Group Decision - This item is being considered in private as it is likely to disclose exempt information, as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. No representations have been received in relation to the proposals to consider these items in private.



RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item(s) of business because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be a disclosure to them of ‘exempt information’ as defined by Section 100I and Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.


Request to Call- In an Asset Management Group Decision - Blackbridge Lodge Land Request

Additional documents:


The Chair invited the councillors presenting the request, Councillors Hills and Riddick, to speak to the Committee regarding their request to Call - In the Asset Management Group Minute No. 28 in respect of the Blackbridge Lodge Land Request.


Prior to the specific decisions Councillor Hills outlined his concerns generally relating to the decisions by Asset Management Group, focusing upon the following points:-


  • Councillor Hills updated the committee of the background of Blackbridge Lodge.
  • Informed the committee of the conservation work that took place in July 1991 and the terms placed upon the land.
  • Reported that the main issue with the decision that was made was over the legal opinion over work to take place on the land.
  • That prior to the transfer of land to the current owners, it was agreed that the Council must have access to the site to carry out maintenance work.
  • That the current owners of the site were keen to carry out these works and pay for the works themselves, this included works within the SSSI area.
  • That Councillor Hills could see no problem allowing the works to be carried out to the land providing it was maintained. This would also allow the current owners to plant a hedge to conceal their property.
  • That Councillor Hills would like further reflection and discussion to take place on this item including alternative options.


Councillor Riddick chose not to add any further comments to the reasons that Councillor Hills had given as to why the decision should be called in.


 The Chair invited members to ask any questions of the councillors who had requested the Call – In, members that had requested the Call – In gave the relevant responses:


Question Were there two requests for the transfer of land?

Answer  Yes, this was to transfer the house and part of the lake because right of access was given up to Doddington Road.


Question What benefits would there be for Lincoln people and Hartsholme park, if this land was granted to the current occupiers?

Answer None, however, the area of Swanholme Lakes required by the owners of Blackbridge Lodge would be better maintained to the level of an SSSI. The owners would gain by making their property more private.


Question Your main focus for Calling – In this decision is the legal caveat to the land, and allowing the occupiers to maintain land rather than the Council. This detracts from the decision made by Asset Management Group and that it would mean a loss of over 1,000m3 of public open space. This decision would only allow the current owners more privacy.

Answer The land requested was a narrow track, and could not be made wider than three metres and could not be used for vehicular access. This was dead land and of no real use. The work that the owners want to carry out would not have any impact on the land it would only effect the owners privacy.


Question The land that had been acquired previously  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.