Bohemia Leisure and Cultural Facilities Study Brief
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek authorisation to enter into a procurement exercise for detailed consultancy work to identify the scale and location of the leisure and cultural facilities in the Bohemia area.
The Marketing and Major Projects Manager presented a report to recommend undertaking a comprehensive feasibility study to identify the scale and location of the new leisure and cultural facilities in the Bohemia area, and to enter into a contract with East Sussex County Council to carry out associated feasibility works and studies.
Over the past year, officers have been developing the plans for the area, pursuing proposals and discussions with different types of potential partners (private and public) who may assist with the delivery of the plans.
Councillors discussed how a feasibility study would inform future decisions on the bohemia area and how it is a pivotal piece of the development. It was noted that the relocation of the ambulance service would have no direct impact on the ability of the service to respond. Councillors considered the lifespan of the Summerfield’s facility and how new facilities to replace it will generate income that may cover the cost of building. Music, arts and sport have a large impact on areas of high deprivation.
Councillor Forward proposed approval of the recommendations of the report. This was seconded by Councillor Batsford.
RESOLVED (by 5 for to 2 against) that:
1. Cabinet agrees to spend up to £100k to fund the commissioning of feasibility reports and related studies for the development of leisure, culture and open spaces within the Bohemia area (£10k of this to come from Arts Council England, and external funding sought; the remaining up to £90k required will be funded through existing budgets and an approved growth item of up to £19k).
2. Delegation is given to the Director of Operational Services, or his nominee, in consultation with the lead member, to agree the final contractual deliverables and outputs with the appointed consultant.
3. Delegation is given to the Director of Operational Services or his nominee to enter into contractual arrangements with East Sussex County Council to carry out feasibility works and studies as per the One Public Estate bid.
Reasons for the decision:
1 and 2) Our vision for the new Bohemia Quarter is to develop a distinct leisure and cultural destination and create a new living quarter for Hastings. The ambitions are considerable: new homes, new hotel(s), new leisure centre, new cultural facilities, re-vitalised outdoor leisure facilities, gardens and public spaces. The studies will focus on developing concept proposals for housing, leisure and cultural facilities in the Bohemia area.
3 The ‘One Public Estate’ grant/loan funding is awarded through East Sussex County Council.
Report author: Pranesh Datta
Publication date: 10/04/2019
Date of decision: 04/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 04/03/2019 - Cabinet