Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.
The Committee received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that provided details about the process and progress with regard to the retendering of the Hampstead Heath Cafés at Parliament Hill Fields, Parliament Hill Lido, and Golders Hill Park.
In response to members’ questions, the Constabulary and Queen’s Park Manager advised that applicants were asked how sustainably they would deliver products and whether or not it would be locally produced, as part of the bid quality criteria. Quality was also evaluated by carrying out market-testing of applicants’ products, sample menus and proposed prices. He added that the decision to evaluate bids based on 55% quality and 45% price (meaning rent payable, not the proposed price of products to be sold at the Café) was made in consultation with the procurement team and expert consultants. Some members suggested that the evaluation of bids should be based on a higher proportion of quality during future tendering processes.
In response to a member’s (Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents’ Association) question, the Constabulary and Queen’s Park Manager advised that applicants who bid for more than one Café were still treated as singular, separate bidders for each site. Any potential benefits of having one applicant occupy all five Cafés to the City of London Corporation were not taken into account.
Members noted that the results of the successful applicants at each Café would be announced after a decision had made by the Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood & Queen’s Park Committee on 14 March 2016. Members were encouraged to provide feedback about the management and performance of each Cafés during the coming months.
RESOLVED – That the progress made in the retendering of the North London Open Spaces Cafés be noted.