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Meeting of the Executive held on 10/07/2007
Farnham Park Plan - Resources for Implementation



APPENDIX G
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 10TH JULY 2007

Title:

FARNHAM PARK PLAN – RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

[Farnham Castle and Farnham Upper Hale]

Summary and purpose:

To seek Members’ approval for the budgetary and staffing resources required to implement the Farnham Park Management and Implementation Plan.

Environmental implications:

There are no environmental implications arising from this report.

Social / community implications:

There are no social/community implications.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

Resources to implement the Management and Implementation Plan will be provided through a number of sources, as detailed in this report. The cash flow projection at Annexe 2 is based on a realistic estimate of income generated by section 106 agreements each year. If receipts were to come in at a slower rate, the rate of implementation of capital works could be adjusted accordingly. The income and expenditure will be regularly monitored.

Background

1. Members adopted the interim Avoidance Strategy for the Thames Basin Heaths in February 2007 and made a commitment to implement the proposed improvements contained in the Farnham Park Restoration Plan by the use of developer receipts.

2. The Executive on 12th June 2007 endorsed the Farnham Park Management and Implementation Plan, which details the delivery of the Farnham Park Restoration Plan and Avoidance Strategy as it affects Farnham Park. This supplementary paper sets out the financial and staffing implications of these plans.


Funding

3. The biodiversity and landscape elements of the Farnham Park Management and Implementation Plan will be funded through a combination of environmental grants schemes, capital bids and revenue funding. Waverley Borough Council funds have been allocated for works to be completed in 2007/08 as follows:-

ItemCapitalRevenueGrant
Extension of cattle grazing5,8002,4653,281
Pond creation3,600
Opening up views of Castle5,500
Restoration of chalk grasslandModify existing grass cutting regime
14,9002,4653,281

4. The access, interpretation and management works in the Farnham Park Management and Implementation Plan are also required to qualify the Park as a Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace (SANGS). The costs are detailed in the Avoidance Strategy (extract at Annexe 1).

5. Column A shows the estimated costs, Column B - the capital and revenue allocations already included in the Council’s budget, Column C - the costs that will come from developer contributions through Section 106 agreements and Column D, the timing of the works. The costings include a capital sum that will generate interest to pay for annual revenue costs and capital replacement in perpetuity.

6. Natural England requires the improvement works to be carried out before occupation of the new dwellings. Developer contributions will be collected at the time planning applications are approved. Based on previous numbers, it is estimated an average of 180,000 per annum will be generated per year. The timing of money coming in will be linked with the granting of permissions. We are aware there is a substantial backlog of applications that have been waiting for the Avoidance Strategy to unblock the moratorium of development within 5 km of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA. It is therefore considered that contributions received in 2007/08 will be around the average level, even though the Avoidance Strategy has not been available for the full year.

7. A cash flow projection for the part of the plan to be funded through the Section 106 Agreements is attached at Annexe 2.

Staffing

8. A full-time ranger will be located in the Park to implement the works and provide public information and education. Natural England regarded the ranger as playing a key role in public reassurance and to be on hand to deal with issues as they arise as well as managing visitors and monitoring their impact. The part-year cost of the ranger in 2007/2008 is 16,500 and 24,500 in a full-year, as shown in Annexe 1 at Column C.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive

1. authorises the capital and revenue expenditure detailed in this report; and

2. authorises the establishment of a full-time ranger located in Farnham Park.

Background Papers (DoPD/DoEL)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Jane Bowden Telephone: 01483 523443
E-mail: jbowden@waverley.gov.uk

Comms/exec/2007-08/024