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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 245 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting held of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 16th September 2020 were approved as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor A Farrell)


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. 




Councillor Dr S Peaple declared a non-pecuniary interest in the Castle Update item.


Update from the Chair

To receive an update from the Chair


There was no update from the Chair beyond that provided at the next agenda item.


Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

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



The Chair reported that whilst there had been no recommendations from this Committee to Cabinet since the last meeting, a new item had been added to the Forward Plan on electric vehicle charging points, which was an area where this Committee had previously made recommendations to Cabinet.  The Chair reported that he had spoken to Officers regarding the continued involvement of this Committee and had been advised that the report to Cabinet was to provide an update to Cabinet and that this Committee would have a further opportunity to input next year. 


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

(Discussion item)


There had been no items referred.


Castle Update pdf icon PDF 242 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Growth & Regeneration)

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth, Councillor J Oates, the Assistant Director, Growth & Regeneration, Ms A Miller and the Consultant, Mr R Holder to the meeting.


The Portfolio Holder reminded the Committee that after the presentation received at its meeting in September 2019, it had been agreed that this Committee would continue to be engaged on developments, and whilst the pandemic had presented some challenges, progress had been made and an external review of the Castle had been undertaken and the Officers were attending to provide an update on this.


The Assistant Director reported that following the 2018 internal review, it had been decided that an external and more commercial view on the opportunities for the Castle would also be pursued.  Such a fresh view would look at the more recent opportunities available as a result of the new Arts & Events team as well as the opportunities available following the opening of the Assembly Rooms. 


As a result of the current pandemic, it was highlighted that the report and proposals provided a framework which could be worked through over time. 


The Consultant provided an overview of the review which had been undertaken and focussed on:

·       Purposes of the Castle review: which included setting out the activities undertaken, as well as the management and staff structure, taking a wider approach than just the castle in order to develop a strategy that could be adopted by the council, potentially in phases.

·       Phases of the Castle review:  which included understanding the current model, identifying and engaging with key stakeholders on the purpose of the Castle and developing a deliverable strategy.

·       Key findings of the Castle review: which included understanding the Condition survey of the Castle, the leadership & management of the Castle, the culture, the organisational structure, the visitor experience received, the commercial activity undertaken, the context with the town’s heritage, the income / expenditure and subsidy levels and the collection & archive.  As a result of the early findings some initial actions had been taken, including the development of a maintain and enhance the asset strategy.

·       Challenges & Solutions:  whilst challenges existed the review considered some potential solutions to address the organisational structure required, declining visitor numbers, low spend per visitor in the retail shop and café, the education and schools provision, commercial events, weddings, room hire, the collection & archive, the building condition, as well as other heritage buildings (Coach House, Stables and Holloway Lodge).  It was reported that a cost benefit analysis was currently being undertaken for each of the proposed income generating work streams. 

·       Timescales, Immediate Next Steps – this included the requirement to be ready for the start of the season in April 2021, for any new organisational structure to be developed, for new fees and charges to be agreed as well as the opening hours, for agreement on the commercial activity to be delivered and for agreement on the required budgets and subsidy.


The Committee commented and sought clarification in the following areas:

·       The Committee welcomed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.


2020/21 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)



The Committee noted that other than the Electric Vehicle Charging point item referred to above, there were not currently any other items on the Forward Plan for this Committee’s consideration which were not otherwise included within the existing Work Plan.


Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups


There were no working group updates at this time.


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 agreed that the work plan would be as set out below, with the Chair, Councillor Goodall, continuing to use discretion to update as necessary.


Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2020 - 2021



20th January 2021

CCTV implementation review

20th January 2021

Business Crime Reduction Partnership Update

February / March 2021

Waste Management developments

25 March 2021

Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community safety

xx 2021

Development of Tamworth Community Offer – interim update


ICT Strategy


Review of taxi evidence


Public Transport and taxis


People Helping People ( Community Safety)


Town Centre Growth


Events Offer (possible working group)


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


Development of Tamworth Community Offer – review of draft Strategy


xxx 2021

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

When clarity on legislation

Fire Safety Update


Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

20th January 2021

25th March 2021