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20.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 254 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the previous Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee held on the 24th July 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor T Clements and seconded by Councillor A Farrell)

 

21.

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. 

 

 

Minutes:

None

22.

Update from the Chair

To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair reported that Chief Inspector Farrington had provided a briefing on 11th September 2019 which was open to all Councillors on local crime figures, as recommended by this Committee to Cabinet. 

 

The Chair reported that all members of this Committee had been invited to attend the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee meeting on 19th September for the item on Anti-Social Behaviour.  The Chair invited any questions to be provided to him from members who may be unable to attend the meeting on 19th September.

23.

Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

Update on responses received to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee.

 

Minutes:

The Chair reported that the recommendations from this Committee on Electric Vehicle Charging were presented to Cabinet at its meeting on 1 August 2019, and Cabinet agreed certain recommendations and added an additional recommendation.

24.

Consideration of Matters referred to the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)

Minutes:

None.

25.

2018/19 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)

 

http://democracy.tamworth.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=120&RD=0&bcr=1

 

Minutes:

No further items were identified for the consideration of this Committee at this time.

26.

Castle Update

(Update from the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth)

Minutes:

The Chair introduced Councillor J Oates, the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth who attended the meeting to provide an update on the Castle following consideration by this Committee of an interim update in January 2019.  Councillor Oates introduced the Head of Economic Development and Regeneration to the Committee.

 

It was reported that the online ticket booking system was now implemented which had been an area of focus for this Committee at the time of the previous update.  The Committee welcomed this development and requested that at a later date, details of online bookings over an extended period be provided to the Committee to understand the impact of online bookings on overall visitor numbers. 

 

The Committee discussed whether there could be further contact details provided on the online ticketing page, which could be utilised to facilitate group bookings or special events.  The Committee sought further clarification on the extent of the involvement with the Arts and Events team with events at the Castle. The Committee highlighted that it had previously raised the need to look at the Castle more commercially, and it questioned whether this could be supported by the Castle being considered in the ongoing Town Centre Strategy.

 

The Committee was updated on the administration which had affected one of the Contractors appointed to undertake part of the HLF works and the consequences which this had for the ongoing works.  It was reported that the Council was now in a position to consider re-procuring the services from alternative suppliers which had been awarded to that contractor.  It was confirmed that, notwithstanding the administration process, the Council expected that the HLF outcomes would still be delivered, although the method of delivery could change. 

 

The Committee thanked the Portfolio Holder and Head of Economic Development and Regeneration for the update.

 

 

27.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider excluding the Press and Public from the meeting by passing the following resolution:-

 

“That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meeting and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, and Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public  interest in disclosing the information to the public”

 

At the time this agenda is published no representations have been received that this part of the meeting should be open to the public.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That agenda items 11 (Exclusion of the Press and the Public) and 12 (Tamworth Enterprise Centre) be brought forward to items 9 and 10.

 

That members of the press and public be now excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the business involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor T Clements)

 

28.

Tamworth Enterprise Centre

(Report of the Portfolio Holder Heritage and Growth)

Minutes:

The Committee received the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth’s report on the Tamworth Enterprise Centre which updated the Committee on the operation and successes to date of the Tamworth Enterprise Centre. The Portfolio Holder introduced the Head of Economic Development and Regeneration and the Growth and Enterprise Officer to the Committee.

 

The Head of Economic Development and Regeneration provided a brief overview of the services provided by the Enterprise Centre, which comprised office space, virtual office services, registered address mailboxes and meeting rooms.  It was reported that the objective of the Enterprise Centre was to provide a hub for businesses to start, grow and develop in a supportive environment and to deliver a wider economic impact.

 

The Head of Economic Development reported that the level of demand for office space had been strong and the Centre provided a platform for the Council to engage with local businesses, including local landlords.  Business support was also provided from the Centre and the demand for the meetings rooms had increased over the three year period which the Centre had been open. One of the key drivers for the success of the Centre was reported to be its location and the accessibility of the offices for the tenants.

 

The Committee sought and received clarification in the following areas:

·         that demand for the Centre’s services was coming from local businesses, but in terms of meeting rooms interest was also from further afield;

·         the capacity of the Centre, in terms of its services, which were reported to be at capacity in terms of office space but that capacity remained in terms of the other services provided;

·         the possibility of utilising other Council properties to provide further space for very small new businesses (incubation space) as well as further enterprise space.  It was reported that this had been explored, however, further funding streams would also need to be identified;

·         the nature of the business advice provided which included courses on starting businesses, courses on social media and website creation;

·         the criteria for businesses remaining at the Centre which related to their size (number of employees) rather than the time they had rented office space for;

·         the role of social media in raising the profile and supporting demand for the services offered by the Enterprise Centre:

·         the possibility of linking together the Council’s properties, including the Castle, in terms of supporting business growth.

 

 

RESOLVED

that the Committee endorsed the update received.

 

(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor A Farrell).

 

The Committee thanked the Portfolio Holder and the Officers who then left the meeting.

 

It was noted that the meeting reverted to being open for the following agenda items.

 

29.

Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups

Minutes:

The Chair reported that he would be setting up a Working Group meeting on the Events Offering.

 

In terms of the Taxi item he reported that he had been in contact with the Chair of Licensing and he would bring this item back to the Committee when there was further data available.

30.

Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 105 KB

(Update and discussion on the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Work Plan)

Minutes:

The Committee considered and discussed the Work Plan which was updated as follows:

 

Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2019 - 2020

DATE

SUBJECT

October

Waste Management Services Review and Street Cleansing (Partnering)

TBC / October

Possible PSPO Review

H&W meeting on 19th Sept

and feedback to October IS&G

Anti-Social Behaviour Policy update (Joint item with Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)

TBC

Review of taxi evidence

TBC

Public Transport and taxis

TBC

People Helping People ( Community Safety)

January 2020

CCTV review

TBC

Town Centre Growth

TBC

Events Offer (possible working group)

When clarity on new legislation

Fire Safety update

March / April 2020

Review of Taxi Licensing Policy – Points System – 12 month review

TBC

Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community safety (tbc) – Annual update - Staffordshire Police to be invited

 

 

 

Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

22 October 2019

17 December 2019

28 January 2020

31 March 2020