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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Kingstone and T Clements.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 127 KB


The minutes of the previous Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 9th January 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor M Oates)


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




For openness and transparency Councillors J Faulkner and Dr S Peaple recorded that they were both members of the Friends of Tamworth Castle.


Update from Chair

(To receive an update from the Chair)


There was no update from the Chair, other than items which would be covered later on the agenda.


Responses to reports of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Committee

(Update on responses received to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Committee)




Considerations of matters referred to the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Committee from Cabinet

(Discussion item)




Interim update on Tamworth Castle pdf icon PDF 74 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Growth and Regeneration)


The Report of the Assistant Director, Growth and Regeneration provided an interim update to the Committee on Tamworth Castle.  


This Committee had received regular reports and briefings regarding the delivery of the Castle and collections service for a number of years. The last report was received by this Committee on 13th September 2018 at which it was resolved:


That Scrutiny;

  • endorse the work done to date and recommend that Cabinet accept the proposed recommendations as detailed in the report;
  • recommend to Cabinet that it investigate a commercial decision on the Heritage Day costing structure;
  • receive an interim progress report on the short term changes delivered, including online ticket sales, within four months;
  • receive a full review on the impact of the changes delivered within twelve months.


The report provided an interim progress report.


The Assistant Director reported on the following areas:

·         Online ticket sales – progress had been made and the website part of the process was complete and full testing was underway and the Assistant Director expected that online ticket sales would be available from early February.

·         Guidebook – copies of the new guidebook were circulated to Committee members.

·         Commercialisation – the team was working on new ideas with a view to putting two new events on post April.

·         Marketing – small increases in social media followers were reported, however, the number of unique users of web pages had increased.  Facebook had been the highest referrer for website traffic.

·         Friends of Tamworth Castle – a constructive meeting held between the Chair of the Friends of Tamworth Castle and the Assistant Director.

·         Service Review  - this was reported to be in progress.


Clarification was sought by members of the Committee on the following areas:

·         Castle tills - as to whether any issues with the connection link which had affected the Castle tills and supported data collection was resolved and received confirmation that this was the case;

·         Commercialisation – how the social and cultural value of the Castle was assessed and valued.  The Assistant Director reported that this report had not looked to focus on these aspects, however, the value and various roles of the Castle, including its historical important remained very important and work on the HLF continued;

·         Marketing – the need to analyse trends in figures over the same periods in successive years so that clear comparisons could be made as well as details over what other advertising was proposed to drive customers to Tamworth Castle, the need to promote the Castle generally as well as Events at the Castle and the potential to explore cross marketing opportunities with English Heritage and other local historic attractions.  The Assistant Director reported that the focus at the moment was on social media and that no new printed materials were being developed until the new Event Programme was launched, however the effectiveness of these strategies would be kept under review and changes made as necessary.



  1. the contents of the report and progress made to date be noted;
  2. the Chair  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.


Tamworth Infrastructure and Roads

(Discussion item)


The Chair reminded the Committee that it agreed to add this item to the agenda to discuss the way forward to address some questions which had been raised over Tamworth Infrastructure and Roads. 


The Chair reported that whilst some specific areas had been responded to by Staffordshire County Council, the Chair’s invitation to the Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council to attend the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee had not been accepted.  However, the Chair reported that an alternative route to address the questions raised had been suggested which was to direct the questions through to the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee.  As a member of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Committee was also a member of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, this could facilitate the process.  The Chair reported that this route provided a way forward for progress to be made.


Some members of the Committee remained concerned that this route may not lead to full accountability nor support full scrutiny at the local Tamworth level. 


The following motion was proposed and seconded but not passed upon voting:


Recommendation to Cabinet that it was not acceptable that the County Council, as a major supplier of services, did not wish a representative of County Council to attend the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee.


Councillor J Oates abstained from the vote.


The Chair reported that the route forward which had been made available was through Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee and that he would proceed on that basis and report back to this Committee at its meeting on 2 April 2019.



2018/19 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to the Forward Plan attached)



The Chair highlighted that the Taxi Licensing Policy – Amendment Taxi Licensing Points System had been added to the Forward Plan and the Committee requested that an additional meeting of this Committee be scheduled ahead of Cabinet’s consideration of this item.


Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 47 KB

(Update and discussion of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan)





The Committee considered the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee and amended it as follows:


Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2018 - 2019



12 February

Taxi Licensing Policy and Taxi Points Scheme

TBC – 2 April

Additional PSPOs

2 April

Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community Safety – to invite a rep of Staffordshire Police to attend

2 April

Tamworth Infrastructure and roads update

TBC ???

CCTV Usage


Uber – Licensing


People Helping People ( Community Safety)

May / June 2019

Street Cleansing (Partnering)

May / June 2019

Anti-Social Behaviour Policy


Review Local & County Plans

September 2019

Castle –12 month review

When clarity on new legislation

Fire Safety update

TBC 2019

Electric Vehicle Charging


Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

Tuesday 12th February 2019 (additional meeting – date TBC)

Tuesday 2nd April 2019