Saturday, 9 April 2011

Some questions need answering

By Jennifer Matterface

Can anyone give me the answers to the following questions relating to Pierremont Park and the planned community centre?

Firstly, who owns the park, the town council or the district council or perhaps even the people of Broadstairs?

Secondly, who will own the community centre? Will the trust be the legal owners or do they have a lease from the town council or the district council for a specified period of time? Is it perhaps an example of Thanet District Council's asset-disposal scheme?

Thirdly, what is the plan for running the centre? Will there be a paid manger or a volunteer to oversee the day-to-day management? Who sets the rental charges? Maintains the building?

Fourthly, what is the trust's exit strategy should the scheme not be a success? Will the building be sold off or handed back or left empty? A white elephant for all to admire whilst still paying off the loan? Since trustees of a charity are responsible in law for the way a charity is run, what safeguards are in place to ensure due diligence has been carried out on all involved with the scheme?

Finally, I think I've only ever met one person who is in favour of the scheme and he was a town Councillor. Everyone else I've spoken to sees merit in using one of the many other venues in the town like the new centre at the Baptist Church or in one of our local schools and church halls. I agree with them. Why build something else when all the other venues would benefit from the income to be generated from regular lettings?

1 comment:

  1. I'm told Chris Wells was out campaigning in Cliftonville Saturday morning. That must show just how much he takes his Broadstairs constituents votes for granted.