Below we have published the original motion proposed by Councillors Holt & Dempsey, and the amendment proposed by Councillors Walker and Erskine, regarding the 40 year lease being sought by St Andrews University and Fife Council for a private boathouse at Lochore Meadows.
Council recognises extensive public concern about the imminent signing, under delegated authority, of a 40-year lease with St. Andrews University for an exclusive boat house and associated loch use at Lochore Meadows Country Park.
Council notes that a public consultation on a new Lochore Meadows Advisory Board is presently underway and that community groups in Benarty are interested in pursuing possibilities under the Community Empowerment Act for Community Ownership and Community Participation at Lochore Meadows.
Since a deal with St Andrews University would constrain future community participation and development at the park, Council asks that:
- the process for signing the lease under delegated authority is halted
- a public consultation with full information about the terms of the lease and its implications for future development and use of the park is undertaken
- the decision whether or not to proceed with the lease is taken by elected members in committee in the light of the results of the public consultation.”
Proposed by Councillor Linda Holt
Seconded by Councillor Dave Dempsey
Administration Amendment to Motion 4
Council notes that it has been approached by the University of St. Andrews seeking a ground lease for the construction of a boat shed at Lochore Meadows, following positive experience over the last 18 months in using the existing facilities at Lochore.
Council notes that the terms for the ground lease have not been agreed with the University and will not be agreed until agreement on the proposals has been reached between the University and local stakeholders.
Council acknowledges that officers will seek an agreement within any proposed lease with the university to include community availability and nurturing of local talent
Council confirms that the proposed boat shed will require planning consent which will be subject to consultation in the usual way.
Council confirms that any decision on any proposal;s will not be made under delegated authority, and that, when appropriate a report will be presented in due course for discussion by the Cowdenbeath Area Committee, before any report is presented to Asset, Property and facilities Committee for approval.
Proposed Craig Walker
Seconded Linda Erskine
The current administration voted through the ‘Administration Amendment to Motion 4’.