Decision details

Consideration of objections to leases regarding Parks Tennis

Decision Maker: Charity Trustee Sub-Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director of Neighbourhood Services and was asked to consider the contents of this and previous reports and make a decision as to whether the proposed disposal was on balance in the best interests of the charitable trusts/parks.


The decisions that the Charity Trustee Sub-Committee were asked to make on the basis of this report related to charitable and non-charitable land. These decisions fall to the Charity Trustee Sub-Committee because the decisions in relation to the charitable and non-charitable sites are indivisible. A decision could not, for example, be taken by another Committee not to proceed and by this Sub-Committee to proceed as the contractual arrangement was proposed to apply to all of the sites. For the avoidance of doubt an amendment to the Constitution was agreed by Full Council on Wednesday 6th September 2023 to specifically reserve such decisions to this Sub-Committee.



RESOLVED: That the Charity Trustees Sub-Committee:-




  • noted and endorsed the contents of the report;
  • noted that the Cooperative Executive Decision of 22nd April 2022 approved;

o   the proposed City Council funding contribution of up to £180,000 (of prudential borrowing) towards the development of the Activity Hub at Hillsborough Park; and

o   the allocation of Section 106 funds of up to £183,000 for the development of the facilities at Hillsborough Park, as described in the report; and

  • reviewed and considered the objections and supportive comments received and, in particular, if the same affected the decision as to whether the proposals were in the best interests of each charity and park


the Charity Trustee Sub-Committee confirmed their approval of:

1.    the award of the contract to the preferred supplier Courtside CIC; and

2.    the grant of leases of the properties referred to in the body of the report to the preferred supplier, Courtside CIC, on the terms set out in the previous reports, being satisfied that the proposed terms are the best that can be reasonably obtained in the circumstances.


The Charity Trustee Sub-Committee also requested that monitoring of the performance of the supplier take place in accordance with Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of the report at item 8 of the meeting of the Charity Trustee Sub-Committee, 5th June, 2023, and a report be brought back to the committee at its meeting in September 2024.


(NOTE: The result of the vote was FOR – 4 Members; AGAINST – 1 Members; ABSTENTIONS – 0 Members.


Councillor Douglas Johnson requested that his vote against the recommendations be noted)




Reasons for Decision




Whilst the Committee were grateful to those who had taken the time to respond to the notices and raise objections they noted that there was both support for as well as opposition to the proposals and, on balance, they did not feel that the objections raised substantial new issues, they did still feel that the proposals were in the best interests of each charity and park and they did feel that the proposed terms were the best that could be reasonably obtained in the circumstances.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The Committee considered not approving the contract and leases but felt that would not be in the best interests of the charities/parks.


Publication date: 22/09/2023

Date of decision: 15/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 15/09/2023 - Charity Trustee Sub-Committee

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