by Alan Dean on 31 July, 2017
The Army at Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden wants to create an 8-lane, 500m running track to supplement their existing sporting facilities. These are used at times by members of the public as well as by military personnel.
Last Tuesday the Full Council meeting agreed to make a £500,000 grant towards the new facilities, which will also be available for public use. The grant was approved by a large majority; a handful of Members abstained – the Liberal Democrats present and two Conservatives.
Is not satisfied with the level of completeness of the report that has been put before it to justify the expenditure by Cabinet.
In particular, the absence of sound, quantified evidence of public demand
and how access to the facility would be managed to maximise the public benefit
should be presented in the form of a business plan.
The amendment was overwhelming rejected; only Janice Loughlin and me voting for it.
The meeting established a group of Members and Officers should now work up an agreement between Uttlesford and the Army to safeguard the taxpayers’ investment. I was added to the negotiation group, which I am doing as Chair of Scrutiny. I started last Thursday by issuing a list of questions with the aim of filling the gaps in knowledge that should have been answered before last Tuesday’s meeting.