Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet Member for Regeneration
Monday, 9th October, 2017 1.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1 & 2, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Gaynor Hawthornthwaite  Democratic Services Officer

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies received.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with Procedure Rules Nos.11 and 35 a period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the meeting on any matter relevant to the work of the body in question.  Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers. Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.

 

Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.

 

 

Minutes:

There were no members of the public present.

4.

Lease of land at Grosvenor Multistorey Car Park to Cornerstone Telecommunication Infrastructure Limited pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider a report on the telecommunications lease arrangements for aerial masts owned by Vodafone Limited and situated on the rooftop of the Council owned land known as the Grosvenor Multistorey Car Park, Macclesfield

Additional documents:

Decision:

That approval be given for the Council to enter into a new 16 year lease agreement with CTIL (Vodafone and Telefonica joint venture company) at an annual rent of £13,000 plus VAT at the property known as Grosvenor Multistorey Car Park, Macclesfield on terms and conditions to be agreed by the Head of Assets and Director of Legal Services.

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration considered a report on the telecommunications lease arrangements for aerial masts owned by Vodafone Limited and situated on the rooftop of the Council owned land known as the Grosvenor Multistorey Car Park, Macclesfield.

 

The Council is seeking to formalise the telecommunications lease arrangements for aerial masts owned by Vodafone Limited and situated on the rooftop of the Council owned land known as the Grosvenor Multistorey Car Park, Macclesfield. They are subject to a Lease from the Council to Vodafone.  The Lease expired in 2008 and Vodafone has requested the grant of a new lease.

 

CTIL currently has rights pursuant to The Communications Code 2003 which entitle the tenant continuance of occupation of the site and the area occupied is not required for CEC operational purposes.  The offer to grant a new lease of the site to CTIL rather than Vodafone presents better terms for the Council and the offer satisfies the requirements of s123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

The Council owns the multi-storey Grosvenor Centre Car Park which houses the Macclesfield Indoor Market and a Council operated Car Park.  Located on an external area of the building at roof level is an aerial mast.  The area occupied by the mast is subject to a Lease from the Council to Vodafone Limited dated 7 May 1998 which is contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The passing rent is circa £7,000 per annum.

 

The Lease expired in 2008 and there have been negotiations between the parties to agree terms for a new lease.  Vodafone have remained in occupation of the land and continue to pay rent as directed by the former Lease.

 

The area housing the aerial masts are not required in connection with the Council’s Car Parking Service and is not operational. The land has been leased for over 18 years.

 

Terms for a new lease have been agreed (subject to contract) that incorporates the provisions contained within the former agreement (as was approved by the Cabinet Member for Finance on 22nd December 2014).

 

The parties have agreed terms for a new 16 year lease of the site to be granted to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (“CTIL”) at a rent of £13,000 per annum subject to rent review every 3 years and break options at years 5 and 10 of the term. CTIL is a company created by Vodafone and Telefonica as a joint venture, and Vodafone request that all of its new leases are entered into with CTIL as the tenant.

 

The terms have been negotiated to reflect current market conditions and have been recommended by the Council’s professional advisors and external agents specialising in telecommunications lease renewals to provide assurances with regard to best consideration.

 

Central Government is consulting on Code Reforms of the Electronic Communications Code.  Professional advice indicates that the Reform is likely to result in a reduction in the rental value of telecommunication sites. 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That approval be given for the Council to enter into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.