Streatham Ice Rink/Streatham Hub

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2005
Reference: 
2005/1281
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been reported to local stakeholders that the section 106 agreement that was supposed to secure the future of the Streatham Ice Rink has not yet been signed (as of early June) between Tescos and Lambeth Council, there is a lack of public information about the reasons for this delay. As GLA planning advisers have always been concerned about the potential fragility of this project, including the possibility that costs had been vastly underestimated, would you reiterate your offer to Lambeth Council to come to the GLA and LDA for technical assistance in developing a possible fall back project to save the Ice Rink should this current Supermarket led scheme fail? So far Lambeth has resisted offers of advice and help and lead Liberal Democrat Councillors have claimed to me that having a ' fall back' position would damage the Council's relationships with Tescos.

Answer

Answer for Streatham Ice Rink/Streatham Hub

Answer for Streatham Ice Rink/Streatham Hub

Answered By: 
The Mayor

When I first considered the proposals put forward by Tesco's for this site I had many concerns about it, including the deliverability of the replacement leisure facilities. As you know, this is partly what lead me to direct refusal in the first place. At the end of last year, Lambeth persuaded me that the delivery of the leisure facilities could in fact be secured. Further details provided by Lambeth Council demonstrated that the funding gap for the leisure facilities, which they acknowledged to be closer to 15.5 million, could be met through the terms of the design, build and finance contract without the need for public subsidy. As you know, I had originally estimated the funding gap would be twice this. It is not unusual for there to be a period of lengthy discussions on the details of s106 agreements even after a planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission. Unfortunately, my powers do not enable me to negotiate or execute s106 agreements and this is now a matter for Lambeth Council and Tescos. I considered the latest copy of the agreement in December 2004 and made it clear to Lambeth that if this is changed, it should be sent to me to allow me to reconsider my position. As far as I am aware there is no suggestion that the scheme might fail. Lambeth Council has not approached me with an amended legal agreement. I will let you know if there is a proposal to amend it. You are correct to say that Lambeth has refused my offer to help find a fall back position. I have asked my officers to once again offer support to the Council in progressing the replacement of Streatham's leisure facilities