Decision details

The World of James Herriot Centre, Thirsk

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The subject of the decision:


The report sought approval from Cabinet and Council for the extension of the lease terms presently in place at The World of James Herriot for the purposes of the continued provision of a museum/visitor attraction celebrating the life and times of the veterinary surgeon Alf Wight.


Alternative options considered:




The reason for the decision:


The continued operation of The World of James Herriot linked directly with the Council’s priorities of Driving Economic Activity and Providing a Special Place to Live.


The Decision:


That Cabinet agrees and recommends to Council that:-


(1)    the existing lease with The World of James Herriot Ltd is surrendered and a new lease for a 30 year period at a peppercorn is established; and


(2)    suitable covenants are placed in the contract documents to protect the Council’s position as set out in paragraph 5.3 of the report.

Reason Key: Expenditure > £50,000;

Wards Affected: Thirsk Ward;

Other reasons / organisations consulted




Contact: Steven Lister, Director of Leisure and Communities Email:

Report author: Steven Lister

Publication date: 02/12/2020

Date of decision: 01/12/2020

Decided at meeting: 01/12/2020 - Cabinet

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