Minutes of Coastal Users Group 12 March 2019
The minutes of the Coastal Users Group (CUG) meeting held on 12 March 2019 were submitted for members to note.
The Assistant Director, Regeneration and Culture informed the Committee that it was Councillor Cox who declared an interest as a member of the Planning Committee, not Councillor Levane as stated on page 3 of the minutes.
The Chair confirmed that as per the agreed procedure regarding planning applications agreed in November 2018; feedback on CUG advice, if contrary to a decision the Foreshore Trust make, would be formally recorded at the subsequent Charity committee meeting post planning committee decision.
The Committee noted the following comments in the minutes in relation to The Stade Family Amusement Park.
Paragraph 2 page 3:
“The meeting expressed its disappointment with the decision. There was general agreement that previously expressed concerns had not been taken into account by the Charity Committee, and further disappointment that despite recent meetings and agreed processes, feedback has not been received from the committee as to why CUG’s advice was not taken.”
In response the Chair advised that members of the Charity Committee felt that they took on board the comments of the CUG, and noted the following;
- They reworded their comments, and arranged a site visit with the architects, who also took on board the worries about the proposed rerouting of the path.
- The architect assured members of the Charity Committee that visibility will be maintained along the whole length of the path to provide some safety after dark, and have supplied a drawing to that effect, showing the height of the planting.
- They also assured members that no “tunnel” will be created by the proposed construction. Rather an upper floor will be built over the lower area which will remain open to view through, and there will be no buildings immediately opposite.
- Some of these improvements are to comply with requirements of the lease and the others will improve the look of the area without losing any pedestrian access. The Chair’s understanding is that the whole area in question is the subject of the lease and therefor there has been no “landgrab”.
Paragraph 3, page 3:
“There was also no consultation with CUG before a new lease was granted to the tenant in 2016 and despite disappointment being expressed back at the time, feedback was not received from the committee.”
The Chair informed the Committee it is believed that this is incorrect. The agenda of the Charity Committee in March 2016 listed the lease of the Stade amusements as an item. This would have been discussed, if called, at the Coastal Users Group meeting on the 17th March 2016. CUG received a further verbal update by officers in September 2016.
The Committee noted that a request has been made for officers to draw up a briefing document which covers planning, specifically in relation to consents and planning processes. It was confirmed that officers are working on this document.
Further details of this planning application can be found on the Hastings Planning Portal here.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Coastal Users Group meeting held on 12 March 2019 be received and noted.
(The Chair Declared the Meeting Closed at 7.02pm)