Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee
Wednesday 20 June 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Laura Powick 

Items
No. Item

130.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Tim Gwilliam.

 

Cllr Roger James substituted at the meeting for Cllr Gwilliam.

131.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2018 were approved by the Committee and signed by the Chair.

 

The Chair  congratulated the Fastershire project team for its success in winning the Superfast Broadband award at the Connected Britain awards in London on 19 June 2018.

132.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests by members.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

133.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee

To consider an update on the activities of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee (GEGSC).

 

The minutes of the meeting on 14 March can be found at:

 

http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=731&Year=0

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the activities of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee (GEGSC) from Cllr Kevin Cromwell, Vice-Chair, GEGSC. It was noted that the Chair of GEGJC and Mike Dawson, Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council, would be attending the GEGSC meeting that afternoon to update on the GEGJC forward plan.

134.

Sub National Transport Body pdf icon PDF 475 KB

To provide an update on the current work by a number of Transport Authorities, including Gloucestershire, to establish a Sub National Transport Body.

 

Minutes:

Nigel Riglar, Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure, Gloucestershire County Council, gave a presentation to the Committee on current work by a number of transport authorities, including Gloucestershire, to establish a Sub National Transport Body (SNTB).

 

The Committee was informed that local authorities across England were joining up to form SNTBs in response to the Government’s request for more strategic thinking about transport investment priorities. Four SNTBs have been formed nationally, including Transport for the North, Transport for the South-East, Midlands Connect, and England’s Economic Heartland, which were working towards becoming statutory authorities.


The Committee noted that GCC was working on the principle of establishing the Western Gateway SNTB with other local authorities in the West of England and Wiltshire, as well as the Borough of Poole Council and Bournemouth Borough Council.

 

Clarification was sought on the membership of the Borough of Poole Council and Bournemouth Borough Council to the Western Gateway SNTB. The importance of improved road network connections, particularly between Bristol Docks and Poole Harbour was noted.

 

It was noted that the emerging challenges of the Western Gateway SNTB included improving network resilience, improving access to Bristol International Airport, and improving digital technology and innovation.

 

The Committee was informed that it could be a few years before the Western Gateway SNTB was formally recognised as a statutory partnership, however the Government was committed to working with informal partnerships.

 

Clarification was sought on the role of GCC as the Transport Authority, following the establishment of the Western Gateway SNTB. It was noted that current operating arrangements would continue.

 

The Committee discussed the report and presentation in detail. In particular, there was a discussion relating to connectivity with Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and the improvement of digital connectivity. Clarification was also sought on the aims and purpose of the SNTB, in addition to representations on the SNTB Board.

 

It was noted that a further report would be presented in the autumn to GCC’s Cabinet on the establishment and governance of the Western Gateway SNTB. It was suggested that the report be circulated with Committee members for comment before it was presented to the Cabinet.

 

Following the discussion, the Committee approved the report recommendations.

 

Resolved

 

The Committee:

 

Offers in principle support for Gloucestershire CC, as Transport Authority, to work in partnership with the Western Gateway authorities to establish a SNTB; and

 

Noting the tight timescale, requests that it is given the opportunity to comment on the detailed Governance proposals before the GCC Cabinet considers the matter further.

 

 

135.

Economic Intelligence pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To receive the Economic Intelligence Baseline Activity Report of the Working Group, and a view of the ‘Productivity Puzzle’.

Minutes:

Claire Edwards, Team Leader: Economic Growth and Strategic Planning, Gloucestershire County Council, presented the Economic Intelligence Working Group Activity Report to the Committee.

 

It was explained that the Joint Committee Senior Officer Group, in response to an expression of interest from the Committee to improve its understanding of the range of economic intelligence collated locally, had formed a small working group to review economic data management practices in the County.

 

The work included a comprehensive stocktake of core data sets, an assessment of the known information/data gaps, and consideration of the wider policy landscape within which the local economic growth agenda sits.

 

It was noted that the exercise, which was completed by partners involved in the delivery of the Gloucestershire growth agenda, including GFirst LEP and the University of Gloucestershire, had been productive. Next steps for the group included the assembly of a master spreadsheet on the data sets, the production of a summary dashboard and finalising the gap analysis. A further update would be brought to the next Committee meeting.

 

The Committee also received a presentation on the Productivity Puzzle from Katherine Martin, Data and Analysis Manager (Place), Gloucestershire County Council.

 

The Committee discussed the presentation in depth, including the productivity of local services and exporting businesses, how the data could be best used, and the productivity of areas with similar economies to Gloucestershire. It was requested that further benchmark data on productivity in comparison with peer counties be compiled and brought back to the Committee for consideration.

 

Following its discussion, the Committee agreed the report recommendations.

 

Resolved

 

1.         To note the progress of the officer working group and the proposal to present a recommended Forward Plan to the September Committee meeting; and

 

2.         To consider an informed view of the productivity challenges facing Gloucestershire and advise on what further work may be necessary to improve member understanding of the issue, in order to position the Committee to make an effective contribution to upcoming efforts, by GFirst LEP, to undertake a review of the Gloucestershire Strategic Economic Plan, and commence early groundwork on the preparation of a Local Industrial Strategy.

 

136.

Strategic Planning Matters pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Gloucestershire Strategic Planning Collaboration -  introduction by John Baker, newly appointed Strategic Planning Co-ordinator

 

LEP C & I Group Barriers to Development Paper – Update on work of the Sub Group and development of an Action Plan

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee was introduced to John Baker, the newly appointed Strategic Planning Coordinator.

                            

John Baker provided the Committee with an overview of his working arrangements and the timescale for his programme of work. Members were presented with the strategic planning governance structure, and noted that a Leaders’ Board was to be established to meet for the first time in late July 2018.

 

The Committee also received an update on the work undertaken by the Barriers to Development Task Group from Annette Roberts, Tewkesbury Borough Council. The Committee was informed that a workshop was held on 10 May 2018 attended by a number of industry representatives and representatives from each Local Planning Authority within the County. The workshop focussed on a number of key themes and resulted in the production of a detailed action plan.

 

It was clarified, in response to a query relating to local planning authorities that already action some of the priorities included on the action plan, that the action plan was intended to be dynamic, and would be monitored and updated regularly.

 

The Committee noted the action plan and approved the report recommendations.

 

Resolved

 

1.         To note the work undertaken by the ‘Barriers to Development’ Task Group; and

 

2.         To agree the action plan arising from the work undertaken.

 

137.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive a report on the delivery of the Growth Programme in the County, including an update on ESIF, Growth Deal Funding, and emerging local industrial strategy preparation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Dev Chakraborty, Deputy Chief Executive, GFirst LEP, provided the Committee with an update on the delivery of the Growth Programme in the County, including an update on ESIF, Growth Deal Funding, and emerging local industrial strategy preparation.

 

In particular, it was noted that a topping out ceremony was held for the Gloucester Transport Hub on 11 May 2018, and that the GlosCol Cinderford Campus was progressing rapidly and on track for its opening in September.  Additionally, members noted the timings for the launch of Growth Hubs across the County.

 

Members were informed that the LEP Board meeting on 5 June 2018 had approved the GIFF loan funding of £1.75 million for the Baker’s Quay Development project, and that the Gloucestershire Inward Investment Bid of £1million to set up a dedicated team to focus on inward investment in the County was submitted in advance of the deadline of 31 May 2018.

 

It was also noted that the recruitment process for a new Private Sector Board Member had begun.

 

Mally Findlater, Head of Strategy, GFirst LEP, provided the Committee with an update on the SEP refresh and the Local Industrial Strategy. The Committee was informed that the SEP refresh was on track, and that the summary refresh document would be circulated amongst Committee members once finalised. It was also explained that work to develop the Local Industrial Strategy had begun, and would be focused on what was unique about the County.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

138.

Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Pipeline

To receive an update on efforts to refresh the GIIP pipeline and progress on the mapping work (access pilot) and its wider presentation.

Minutes:

The Committee was updated on efforts to refresh the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Pipeline (GIIP), and progress on the mapping work (access pilot) and its wider presentation.

 

Following a demonstration of the mapping tool, it was noted that work to develop the tool was ongoing, and that a further update would be provided at the Committee meeting in September.

 

 

139.

Business Rate Pool pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive an update report on the Business Rate Pool and expenditure proposals for the Strategic Economic Development Fund.

Minutes:

David Stanley, Accountancy Manager, Stroud District Council, provided the Committee with an update on the Business Rate Pool.

 

It was noted, in particular, that the outturn position for the Business Rate Pool 2017/18 was strong, and that the cumulative amount of funding generated by the pool for the Strategic Economic Development Fund since 2013/14, including the 2017/18 contribution of £0.789m, was £1.134m.

 

It was also noted that Gloucestershire CFOs were due to meet in July 2018 to review the 2018/19 forecasts, and an update would be provided to the Committee at its meeting in September 2018.

 

The Committee was also reminded of the appeals risk to business rates due to 20 NHS Trusts taking action against 49 billing authorities regarding their application for mandatory relief from business rates.

 

Clarification was sought on the process for the Business Rates Pilot resource allocation. It was suggested that an update on this be brought to the meeting in November 2018.

 

It was also requested that an update be provided at the meeting in September on which sectors Gloucestershire’s business rate income came from.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

Resolved

 

To note the outturn position with the pool for 2017/18 and the initial forecast for 2018/19.

 

 

140.

Forward Plan - Future Work Programme pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To consider proposed areas of focus and discussion topics for future meetings of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed areas for focus and discussion topics for future meetings.

 

It was requested that an item on the impact of changes in the economy on market towns be included on the Forward Plan for consideration at a future meeting.

 

It was also noted that any economic growth recommendations resulting from GCC’s recent peer review would be reported at the meeting in September 2018.

 

141.

Future Meeting Dates

To note that the Committee is due to meet on the following dates in 2018 and 2019:

 

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Wednesday 20 November 2019

 

All meetings to start at 10am (this allows meetings of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place on the same day).

Minutes:

The Committee noted the meeting dates for the remainder of 2018 and for 2019.