Agenda and minutes
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Death of Councillor Paul Thompson
The Chair informed the Committee of the death that morning of Councillor Paul Thompson.
A minutes silence was held as a mark of respect.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillor Jenny Molineux and Ian Ormerod (Co-optee).
Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
There were no declarations of interest or dispensations.
Exclusion of the Public
Recommended - That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during the following item only, when it is likely, in view of the nature of the proceedings that there will otherwise be disclosure of exempt information within the Paragraph at Schedule 12A of the Act specified at the item.
Resolved - That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during the following item, when it was likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, that there would otherwise be disclosure of exempt information within the Paragraph at Schedule 12A of the Act specified at the item.
(The report will contain exempt information under the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)
To update the Committee on the Council’s asset activities.
Recommended - That the report be noted.
FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION OF THE ABOVE ITEM, THE MEETING WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
(Exempt information under the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information))
The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regeneration submitted an update report relating to the disposal of Council assets which was carried out on a demand basis and in response to market forces. Details of the many minor leases for land and buildings owned by the Council were not included, as those were too numerous and changed frequently upon renewal and were also part of the day to day operations of the Property Team. Responses were given in relation to the following issues raised by the Committee:-
· Reinvestment of Capital Receipts
· Capital Receipts Generated Target and Performance Against Target
· Disposal of Assets Identified by the Scrutiny Panel
· Active Marketing of Sites Identified by the Scrutiny Panel
· Challenges in Place for Disposal of Council Assets and Increased Disposal of Redundant Assets
· Information on Proposed Sales Detailed in Section 3 of the Report
· Development Delivery and Associated Planning Approvals
· Provision of Bungalows
· Sale of Assets to Community Groups
· Management of Assets by Community Groups
Resolved - That the report be noted.
AT THIS POINT IN THE PROCEEDINGS, THE MEETING WAS OPENED UP TO THE PUBLIC
To submit the Minutes of the meeting of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 7th September 2017 for approval as a correct record.
Recommended - That the Minutes be received and approved as a correct record.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 7th September 2017 were submitted for approval as a correct record.
Resolved - That the Minutes be received and approved as a correct record.
To update the Committee on Accrington Town Centre, including the Market Hall.
Recommended - That the report be noted and the Committee consider and comment on issues raised, particularly in relation to Appendix 1 to the report.
The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regeneration submitted an update report on Accrington Town Centre which included Accrington Market Hall. A comprehensive Accrington Town Centre Report which summarised the Vitality and Viability of the Town Centre, including retail, office accommodation, leisure, planning policy and investment was attached as Appendix 1 to the update report. Responses were given in relation to the following issues raised by the Committee:-
· Planned Town Centre Events and Budget
· Accrington Pals Memorial and Celebration
· Project Completion
· Participation in Restoration of Shop Fronts and Non Participation Effect on Events
· Section 106 Monies
· Town Centre Business Manager
· Planning Policy for Town Centre Living
· Town Centre Car Parking
· Peel Street
· Attracting Large Retailers to the Town Centre
· Joint Working with the Arndale Centre on Parking and Vacant Unit Issues
· Market Hall and Outside Market Income
· Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime in the Town Centre
· Quality of Town Centre Office Space
· Lowering of Business Rates to Encourage New Retailers
· Future Improvements to Town Centre Premises
· People with Disabilities
Resolved (1) That Cabinet be commended for the welcome appointment of a Business and Marketing Co-ordinator for Accrington Town Centre;
(2) That Cabinet be requested to consider a review of the Market Hall Business Plan and improvements to the Outside Market to be a priority;
(3) That in order to support the future vitality of Accrington Town Centre, the Cabinet be requested to address the following initiatives which had been identified in the report submitted to the Committee:
· Regular Programme of Events
· Town Centre Wi-Fi
· Faster Broadband
· Reduction in Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
· Improve Marketing and Public Relations
(4) That Cabinet be requested to consider the Access Audit Report for Accrington Town Centre commissioned by Hyndburn Disability Forum.