Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.
The group received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that informed members of the engagement and consultation exercise which took place in relation to the café provision at Queen’s Park, which has now been completed.
Members were informed that a total of 391 responses were received and the feedback suggested that the café is valued as a community hub and an important asset in the Park. The quality and cost of food, along with the ambience were factors that were considered important by the public.
Members were asked to confirm the recommendation that the City of London Corporation commence a new tender for the lease of the café.
Members queried the three year term set for the lease and stated that this could deter some businesses from wanting to sign up for a lease due to the short period. It was suggested that an incentive be introduced which could act as a way to entice particular businesses to signing a lease for a period of three years. Further, Members asked whether some form of guarantee could be given to business owners which could again act as a way to entice new businesses to sign a three year lease. Members were informed that whilst no guarantees could be given, there will be the introduction of a business performance process where customer reviews would be sought.
RESOLVED – That:-
(a) Members agreed with the proposal and recommend that a new tender process for the lease of the Queen’s Park Café be initiated.