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Venue: Committee Room 1, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 204 KB


The Minutes of the previous Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 25th November 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor R Bilcliff and seconded by Councillor T Clements)


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. 




There were no declarations of interest.


Update from the Chair

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair highlighted to the Committee that a Report on Public Space Protection Orders would be considered by Cabinet on 19th December 2019.



Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

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


There were no recommendations from this Committee to cabinet which had not been previously reported on.


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

(Discussion item)


There were no items for this Committee’s consideration.


2019/20 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)



There were no new items on the Forward Plan identified for this Committee’s consideration.


Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups


The Chair reported that he would be seeking further information to support the taxi working group in the new year.  


Update on Fire Safety pdf icon PDF 234 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Assets)


The Committee received the update from the Assistant Director, Assets on Fire Safety in High Rise Residential Buildings following the publication by the Government of its detailed set of proposals for consultation on the future of fire safety in high-rise residential buildings.


It was reported that the key messages from this consultation were:-


·         Clearer responsibilities for those building or managing high-rise buildings

·         Giving a stronger voice in the system and better information for residents

·         Having greater oversight by regulators

·         Tougher enforcement when things go wrong


The Assistant Director reported that the work to install sprinklers in the high rise buildings had been completed ahead of schedule, and residents’ satisfaction with the works was reported to be high.


It was reported that the consultation indicated that there would be likely to be more pre-emptive work required to ensure there was a detailed description of the building and also that more individualised evacuation plans for residents in high rise buildings could be required, similar to those already in place in sheltered housing accommodation.  It was further reported that the definition of high rise could be extended to include any building over 11m.


The Assistant Director reported that work was underway to identify the potential impacts on resources, including on staffing, of additional requirements.  Impacts in terms of additional job roles and training for different roles was expected to be required and some budgetary allowance was being made for this in the budget setting process.   However, until the Government sets out its legislative details, an accurate assessment was not possible.  However it was reported that it was expected that the legislative changes would have an impact on the 30 year Housing Revenue Account business plan.


The Committee considered the report and asked and received clarification in the following areas:

·         Whether the new requirements were likely to affect non-residential building such as Marmion House. It was reported that the focus at the moment remained on residential properties, as well as properties such as schools and hotels.

·         That there was expected to be a phased implementation period, to accommodate the need for new training and qualification courses to be developed.

·         Consideration of buildings within the Borough which whilst they may not reach 11m, nor 18m, were difficult to access.

·         The need to ensure that information on vulnerable residents was appropriately shared.


The Chair thanked the Assistant Director for his update and attendance and noted that the Committee would receive a further update once any new legislative requirements were known.


The Assistant Director left the meeting.




Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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


The Committee considered its Work Plan an updated it as follows:


Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2019 - 2020



January 2020

CCTV review


Review of taxi evidence


Public Transport and taxis


People Helping People ( Community Safety)


Town Centre Growth


Events Offer (possible working group)

March / April 2020

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

31 March

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

When clarity on legislation

Fire Safety Update


Review of West Midlands Combined Authority – Green / Climate Strategy – targets and data for Tamworth

Q2 2020/2021

Waste Management developments


Castle Update




Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

28 January 2020

31 March 2020




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.






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


(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)



Future High Streets Fund Update

(Report of the Assistant Director for Growth and Regeneration)



The Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth introduced the Head of Economic Development and Regeneration to the Committee who provided an update on progress against the Future High Streets Fund project to date.


The Head of Economic Development explained the process which the Council had followed to seek funding from the Government Future High Streets Fund, which had been launched in early 2019 to provide access to grants of between £5m and £25m to projects which would structurally transform town centres and meet local challenges.


Tamworth’s application now forms part of the second tranche, which meant that the Council had been awarded revenue funding of £150,000 to develop a Green Book compliant business case.  A draft of this business case must be submitted by 15 March 2020, with the final business case submission by 30 June 2020. 


It was noted that an inception meeting with Government was expected in the new year.  A multi-disciplinary team of consultants had been appointed to deliver a Green Book complaint business case, which was being co-ordinated by the council. 


The Committee discussed the interactions that this process had with other planned work to develop town centre and tourism strategies and the need for the council to develop a cohesive theme across these work areas. It was noted that the Future High Streets Fund had a particular focus on the built environment and that the wider strategy work would need to be focussed appropriately.


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