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Proposed Crematorium

Meeting: 06/03/2014 - Cabinet (Item 129)

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Summary:

 

To update Members following the marketing of land at the former Mabledon Hospital site, and seek approval to the way ahead.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.         That Members note the result of the marketing exercise to seek a developer/operator, to provide a crematorium and other facilities on the site of the former Mabledon Hospital.

 

2.         That Members agree to the selection of a preferred developer and reserve developer, being made by the Managing Director in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

3.         That detailed terms for a Lease of the site be finalised by the Managing Director in consultation with the Head of Legal Services.

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Minutes:

This report updated Members following the marketing of land at the former Mabledon Hospital site, and sought approval to the way ahead.

 

The Chairman talked Members through the process that had been followed in order to reach this stage and said that 4 bids had been received and that those shortlisted had been interviewed in order that the final selection could be made. He also noted the issues that had been raised by the Cabinet Advisory Panel and said that those who had made bids had been aware of the similar developments that had been proposed in Gravesham and Sevenoaks and had factored them into their projections. He said that Dartford’s crematorium was being designed in a mature way so that it could provide a high quality modern service, which would have the capacity to fit the needs of any who might wish to make use of its facilities.

 

The Managing Director noted that the facility would also be able to cater for burials and the internment of ashes and said that, if the report’s recommendations were approved, the Leader would be asked to agree the preferred bidder that had been selected.

 

In response to a request the Chairman confirmed that Darenth Parish Council would be kept informed of progress and said that thoughts would be shared with the Parish as the design is developed.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the result of the marketing exercise to seek a developer/operator, to provide a crematorium and other facilities on the site of the former Mabledon Hospital, be noted.

 

2.         That the selection of a preferred developer and reserve developer be delegated to the Managing Director in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

3.         That detailed terms for a Lease of the site be finalised by the Managing Director in consultation with the Head of Legal Services.


Meeting: 03/03/2014 - Cabinet Advisory Panel B (Item 14)

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Summary:

 

To update Members following the marketing of land at the former Mabledon Hospital site, and seek approval to the way ahead.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.         That Members note the result of the marketing exercise to seek a developer/operator, to provide a crematorium and other facilities on the site of the former Mabledon Hospital.

 

2.         That Members agree to the selection of a preferred developer and reserve developer, being made by the Managing Director in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

3.         That detailed terms for a Lease of the site be finalised by the Managing Director in consultation with the Head of Legal Services.

Minutes:

This report updated Members following the marketing of land at the former Mabledon Hospital site, and sought approval to the way ahead.

 

  • Members referred to a similar development that had been proposed in the Borough of Gravesham and asked whether this might have an impact on the success of this project. The Project Director replied that Sevenoaks Council were also considering planning application(s) to develop a crematorium and said that those parties who had submitted bids to undertake this development had all been aware of the other proposed developments and had factored them into their projections. He also anticipated that the facility in Gravesham would be tailored to cater for a different ethnic population split.

 

  • The Project Director also confirmed that the facility would cater for burials and said that, as a long term lease was being proposed, it would provide an income stream for the Council.

 

  • The Project Director then described the process that was being followed to select a preferred bidder and said that 4 bids had been received and that 2 had been shortlisted. The 2 bidders had then been invited to present their proposals to the Leader of the Council and Managing Director to enable a final selection to be made. He also noted that the development would require planning approval.

 

  • In response to a question the Project Director confirmed that the arrangement that the Council currently had with Eltham Crematorium would not be affected by this project.

 

  • The Advisory Panel endorsed the report’s recommendations.