Agenda and minutes

Executive - Tuesday, 21st May, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: The Brierley Room, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD

Contact: St John Harris, Principal Democratic Services Officer  Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 May 2024 pdf icon PDF 435 KB


Resolved –


Thatthe public Minutesof themeeting heldon 7 May 2024,having been printedand circulated,betakenas readand confirmedby theChairmanas acorrect record.



Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Public Participation

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·         at this point in the meeting if their questions/statements relate to matters which are not otherwise on the Agenda (subject to an overall time limit of 30 minutes);

·         when the relevant Agenda item is being considered if they wish to speak on a matter which is on the Agenda for this meeting.

If you are exercising your right to speak at this meeting, but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Leader who will instruct anyone who may be taking a recording to cease while you speak.



There were no public questions or statements.


Decision regarding outcome of marketing exercise to procure a short term operator for Alpamare Waterpark pdf icon PDF 529 KB

Additional documents:


Considered – A report of the Corporate Director of Resources which provided details of the outcome of the marketing exercise to procure a short-term operator of the Waterpark and sought approval to enter into negotiations with a preferred bidder.


Introducing the report, Councillor Gareth Dadd advised that this facility was never intended to be operated as a community asset nor to require substantial public subsidy, but rather as a commercial venture which would deliver a major visitor attraction for the region.  Since the Council did not have the expertise to run a commercial facility of this nature, the purpose of this marketing exercise was to secure an initial short term operator for the site to achieve a summer 2024 opening whilst the Council developed its long-term aspirations for the site.


Members were then further advised of the background to the proposals in the report: the wider North Bay development which sought to achieve 55 acres of regeneration consisting of a Principal Visitor Attraction, commercial development and accommodation; the former Scarborough Borough Council’s decision in 2013 to approve the provision of a commercial loan to the developer, Benchmark of up to £9m to fund the development of the Water Park (one of the two PVAs) with a projected build cost of £14m, with the remaining £5m and any potential cost overruns being funded by Benchmark; the completion of the Water Park in August 2016 and subsequent grant by Scarborough Borough Council of a 35 year lease of the Water Park to Benchmark including its adjoining car park; the commercial loan agreement; Scarborough Borough Council’s enforcement of a loan guarantee from Benchmark’s parent company which was settled in October 2022; Benchmark’s continued failure to meet significant loan repayments, North Yorkshire Council’s issue of a statutory demand, Benchmark’s entry into voluntary administration and the Council taking possession of the facility by way of forfeiture in December 2023.


The informal tender documentation set out that the initial lease term offer for the new operator was 12 months, with an option to extend for a further 12 months depending on the progress of the Council’s long term plans for the site.


With the permission of the Chair, Councillor Rich Maw addressed the meeting sharing concerns of local residents and service users that the Council’s long term plans for the site should not neglect the health and wellbeing of the local community (with more affordable ticket prices) in addition to attracting visitors since an exclusive focus on the latter had failed Alpamare.  In response, Councillor Dadd reiterated that Alpamare was always envisaged as a commercial venture, and that the cost of the Council operating a leisure facility of that scale would be prohibitive; therefore the goal of the Council was to make the Water Park financially sustainable.  It was also commented that Alpamare was not designed primarily for its public health benefits and that Scarborough already had excellent leisure facilities in the form of a Sports Village.


Resolved (unanimously) that the Executive:


i.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 453.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 569 KB


Considered –


The Forward Plan for the period 28 May 2024 to 18 March 2025 was presented.


Resolved -   That the Forward Plan be noted.



Date of Next Meeting - 28 May 2024