Agenda and draft minutes
Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 10.00 am
Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ
Contact: Clive Willoughby Tel: 01946 598328
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ray Cole, Allan Forster and Mark Holliday.
Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items:
To receive declarations by Members and/ or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Members are advised however, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other interests.
Members are reminded that they may not, by law, participate or vote in any discussion in a meeting on a matter in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest
Members are advised that they should leave the room during consideration of any items of business in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.
There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.
RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2017 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.
Arising from the minutes, Members asked that the Recycling Task and Finish Group be arranged and for members to be invited to join the group.
At the request of Council on 28 February 2017, Committee considered a report on the Copeland Pride of Place Scheme – Town/Village centres building regeneration, which was an ambition within the Corporate Strategy.
This scheme would build on the experience gained through previous successful building improvement grant schemes across the four key towns in the borough and incentivise local businesses to engage in improving the commercial and retail sector in the key service centres.
Members were advised that the scheme would aim to improve business frontages and so enhance the appearance and appeal of the town centres to visitors, customers and residents. The possible types of works included would be exterior of buildings, window frames and windows, doorways, external decoration and signage.
“Shop Jackets” could also be offered where the premises are in a reasonable condition, but remain empty.
The intention was for the initiative to be Council led, but with the opportunity to complement and enhance related schemes. It would also require the engagement of the Localities and Town/Parish Councils.
Members asked if previous work was being taken into account, e.g. Car Park Strategy and Whitehaven Town Centre Opportunities study. It was requested that an update on other related schemes in the Corporate Strategy be provided to the next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
It was noted that the scheme would concentrate on the borough’s four main towns (Whitehaven, Egremont, Millom and Cleator Moor), but also target village centres, based on the Council’s settlement hierarchy and those on highly visible locations on strategic routes, such as the A595 and A5086.
Members asked for more details of the Council’s settlement hierarchy and which villages would be eligible for funding. It was suggested that the scheme should benefit all areas within Copeland.
Committee was advised that a separate scheme would be developed for Public Realm/Street Scene improvements.
Members were advised that it was intended that the scheme would be monitored at the end of the first quarter and reviewed at the end of the second quarter.
Committee asked how the scheme was to be measured, what the baseline was and if it was value for money.
It was suggested that the monitoring be reported via the OSC Performance Sub-Committee.
Members were keen to ensure that any match funding was from the Applicants own resources and not from any other Council scheme.
a) an update on other related schemes in the Corporate Strategy be provided to the next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
b) The recommendations shown in the report be agreed, being
i) The amount of individual grants and the type of works to be undertaken,
ii) Who can receive grants, particularly the boundaries of eligible geographical areas including villages,
iii) The mechanism for processing and approving grants,
iv) Grant conditions,
v) Promotion and publicity of the scheme
vi) Whether public realm projects should also be funded, and as part of that how parish councils would be engaged in undertaking public realm improvements ... view the full minutes text for item OSC79
Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 4:00pm – Venue to be confirmed.
The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 2:00pm, venue to be advised.