The Community Safety Hub project has completed negotiations on behalf of the PCC with Middlesbrough Council to finalise the legal agreement for the purchase of land at Hemlington and associated work to provide infrastructure to the site.
The PCC and Mayor of Middlesbrough previously agreed the Heads Of Terms, which started these negotiations, on 25 May 2016.
Legal advisors working on behalf of the PCC and Middlesbrough Council have now completed the detailed agreement. It fulfils the Heads Of Terms. Legal advisors have prepared documents for signature by both parties.
The basis of the agreement includes:
- Purchase of land for the purposes of building a Community Safety Hub at a cost of £657,000 and in accordance with the conditions confirmed as a result of Planning Permission agreed 2 September 2016
- A shared approach to developing the infrastructure to the boundary of the site. This includes amenities such as power, telecommunications, water, drainage etc. They are required for the Community Safety Hub to connect into as part of the main building construction. Costs incurred by Cleveland Police will be deducted from the overall land purchase price once completed. The agreement also covers permission for the construction partner to complete the work on land owned by Middlesbrough Council.
- The construction of the access road from Stainton Way into the Community Safety Hub and in the longer term into other developments on the Hemlington Grange site. This will be funded partly by Cleveland Police as a proportionate share and as a result of other developments being progressed on the site. The overall cost of the road is estimated at £459,000. Initially, this will be funded by the project to be reimbursed by Middlesbrough Council as new developments progress and/or within 10 years.
- An option to make additional land available to the PCC to the south of the site. This will be confirmed no later than 31 December 2020
This decision provides a milestone within the Community Safety Hub Project. It re-confirms a commitment by the PCC and Middlesbrough Council to invest in the Hemlington area.
For the PCC and Cleveland Police, the completion of the legal land purchase enables the construction to start.
The overall costs are to be funded from the overall Community Safety Hub project. Costs have been forecast and reported monthly to the Community Safety Hub Board, and as part of the financial accounting processes within Cleveland Police.