Tea Beside the Sea

CA Purkis made this Freedom of Information request to Rother District Council

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Dear Rother District Council,

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I write with regard to the RDC premises rented out to (what is currently) Tea Beside the Sea. I understand the current tenant has been given short notice to vacate and that a new long term tenant has been found for these premises. For the avoidance of doubt, my questions relate to the time period 2016/2017 tender process. Keeping the premise of publics interest in mind, herewith follows my request;

1. Could you provide me with all recorded (as listed above) information regarding the tender process for the leasing of these premises. This would include all memos, notes and communications with any local councillors. Could you confirm that the process was the same used as previous years that RDC tried to lease out the premises.

2. Could you provide me with the information as to how the tender documents were made available to members of the public.

3. How many tender documents for the premises were received and how many were considered. This should be recorded.

4. What was the start and end date of the marketing of the premises, and how were they marketed?

5. Could you confirm that there was a £100,000 grant to assist in the renovation of the premises and could you provide me with the information as to how this was relayed to the public and prospective leaseholders within the marketing of the premises.

6. How was the decision made to choose the new leaseholder - please provide all minutes notes and memos . Who is the new leaseholder. While I do not require a name, I would like to know what kind of tenant will be leasing these premises. For example, - is it a restaurant?

I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

CA Purkis

foi, Rother District Council

Dear Mrs Purkis

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request received on 19 October 2017 relating to information about Tea Beside the Sea café. We aim to respond to your request for information within 20 working days, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information Manager

Rother District Council
Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JX

T: 01424 787000
E: [Rother District Council request email]
W: www.rother.gov.uk

Brenda Mason, Rother District Council

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Dear Ms Purkis,

 

On 19 October 2017 you asked:

 

1.       Could you provide me with all recorded (as listed above)
information regarding the tender process for the leasing of these
premises. This would include all memos, notes and communications with any
local councillors.  Could you confirm that the process was the same used
as previous years that RDC tried to lease out the premises.

 

We can confirm that this year agents were appointed to offer the premises
on the market.  In addition, officers contacted previously interested
parties who were known to us and their details passed to the agent to
follow up.

 

Attached:

Email and briefing paper to councillors

Follow up email & notes of meeting

Instruction to agents

 

2.       Could you provide me with the information as to how the tender
documents were made available to members of the public.

 

Dyer and Hobbis were instructed to market the premises.  Interested
parties were invited to set out their proposals including rent and details
of their proposed business plan.  The proposals received were circulated
to a panel of Members and officers who met on 11^th September to shortlist
those to be invited to a meeting to discuss their proposals in further
detail, following which a recommendation was made to Cabinet. 

 

Attach:   Dyer & Hobbis letting details & brochure

 

3.       How many tender documents for the premises were received and how
many were considered. This should be recorded.

 

Four proposals were received and circulated to Members.  Two proposers
were invited to a meeting with the panel on 11^th September to discuss
their proposals.

 

4.       What was the start and end date of the marketing of the premises,
and how were they marketed?

 

Instructions were issued to agents on 6^th July 2017 and marketing closed
on 6^th September.    The premises were advertised on the Council’s
website and through Messrs Dyer & Hobbis’ website, RightMove and through
the Estate Agents clearing house, as well as direct email to potentially
interested parties.

 

5.  Could you confirm that there was a £100,000 grant to assist in the
renovation of the premises and could you provide me with the information
as to how this was relayed to the public and prospective leaseholders
within the marketing of the premises.

 

There was no reference made to a capital contribution in any of the
marketing material and this was not offered to any of the proposers during
the marketing period.  The preferred operator identified a capital
shortfall as part of their presentation on budget, and it was therefore
the recommendation of the Panel that this be met through the Council’s own
capital for the reasons set out in the report of 2^nd October
([1]http://www.rother.gov.uk/article/12920/M... ) and in
the light of a previous Cabinet resolution from July 2016
([2]http://www.rother.gov.uk/article/12138/M... )

 

6.       How was the decision made to choose the new leaseholder - please
provide all minutes notes and memos. Who is the new leaseholder. While I
do not require a name, I would like to know what kind of tenant will be
leasing these premises. For example, - is it a restaurant?

 

See responses to Qs.2 & 3 above.   The panel agreed a preferred party to
recommend to Cabinet at the meeting on 11th September.  We cannot provide
details of the proposed leaseholder at the present time.

 

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Brenda Mason

Service Manager Community and Economy

Rother District Council

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Dear Rother District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Rother District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Tea Beside the Sea'.

The Freedom of Information Act requires you to give reasons why you are unwilling to provide me with my requested information.

See question 6 below, where you have merely stated you are unable to provide me with the details I requested as to the nature of the leaseholder.

Please could you either provide me with the details I requested, or give a legal reason as to why you are unable to answer question 6.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

CA Purkis