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Cabinet Decision: 11th July 2012
Title of Item/Report
Teesdale
Record of the Decision
Cabinet considered a report relating to the maintenance of elements of the infrastructure of the Teesdale area.

Members noted that, for some considerable time, the Council had been receiving complaints in relation to the lack of maintenance of areas of Teesdale.

Cabinet noted that officers had been able to identify the owners of the areas where maintenance was an issue and had calculated the cost to bring the areas up to an adoptable standard. See below

The Crown (formerly Stemgrove) - £145,041
Teesdale Property Company - £46,830
Homes and Communities Agency - £18,716 (plus £16,310 for Anchorage Bridge)

It was noted that the Crown was unlikely to contribute to the costs however, contributions from other landowners were being secured. The £145,000 would need to funded from existing Council budgets.

Members agreed that the only long term solution for this area was to secure adoption and maintenance of the infrastructure. This was not a route the Council would normally pursue as it would usually be achieved via a commuted lump sum or section 106 agreements. However, such options did not exist in this situation. Coupled with this the area in question was high profile and of strategic importance to the existing office and residential accommodation.

Plans showing the land owned by the above bodies were provided to members with an overview of the areas proposed for adoption.

Members agreed that the issues relating to Crown property should be highlighted with the local MP with a request that he takes the matter up with the relevant Government department.

RESOLVED that

1. the progress made to date on the issue of maintenance of areas of infrastructure in Teesdale be noted.

2. the principles of seeking a long term solution of these issues, via adoption, be agreed, subject to satisfactory resources being available and contributions received from existing land owners where possible.
Reasons for the Decision
1. To achieve a long term solution to the deteriorating condition of the infrastructure on Teesdale.

2. To support the local businesses in the area and provide a better environment for the residents.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight on Friday 20 July 2012
Attachment

Date of Publication: 16 July 2012


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