Issue details

20/00019 - Dartford Youth Centre

Proposed decision:


The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services proposes to:


-    Agree to sublease the Dartford Youth Centre to Europa Weightlifting Club for a period of 30 years; and


-    Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure to take relevant actions, including but not limited to, entering into necessary contracts as required to implement this decision.





Kent County Council (KCC) has a long ground lease interest in a site known at Dartford Youth Centre (DYC). The land is located in the Temple Hill area of Dartford. The land upon which DYC is built; is owned by Dartford Borough Council (DBC) who is landlord to the County Council.


The centre requires complete refurbishment to bring it into reasonable repair. Most of the property has been occupied by a private gym operator who wishes to take a long lease of the entire property. The present operator wishes to take a long lease to enable it raise funds for refurbishment.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Dartford North East;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/02/2020

Decision due: Not before 24th Mar 2020 by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Lead director: Rebecca Spore

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Richard Tapply (03000 418833).


This matter will be considered by the P&R Cabinet Committee on 20 March 2020.

Financial implications: Peppercorn rent per annum throughout the term of the sublease. Each party to bear their own legal costs. In return for a peppercorn rent, the gym provider will be required to put the building and grounds into a good state of repair within an agreed timeframe.

Legal implications: KCC will obtain all necessary consents from the LL.

Equalities implications: The proposed sublease will provide an opportunity for the club to invest in the building; providing an enhanced community facility; which in turn will help to improve the health and well being for the community.

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