Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee
Monday 21 May 2018 1.00 pm

Venue: Members' Room - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

125.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllrs Doina Cornell, Christopher Hancock, and Tim Gwilliam. Apologies were also received from Dev Chakraborty and Mally Findlater, GFirst LEP.

 

126.

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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2018 were approved and signed by the Chair, subject to an amendment under the Post-Brexit Considerations item to include a sentence to note that the Committee would need to understand the impact of any changes due to Brexit on agriculture funding, as the majority of EU funding in Gloucestershire was for agriculture.

 

The Chair also reminded the Committee of its proposal at the meeting on 14 March 2018 for the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee (GEGSC) to undertake a piece of work on the anticipated implications of National Park status for the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was noted that when considered as a work plan item by the GEGSC at its meeting on 14 March 2018, some members questioned the origin of the proposal and requested that a letter be issued to each of the District Councils within the proposed area of the National Park, seeking their approval that the proposed work be undertaken as a joint scrutiny exercise in association with the affected authorities.

 

The Chair asked Committee members from the affected districts to confirm that they were happy for the joint scrutiny exercise to take place. The Committee members representing Cotswold District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, and Tewkesbury Borough Council indicated their support for the joint scrutiny exercise. The Committee member representing Stroud District Council had given their apologies for the meeting.

 

127.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests by members.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

 

128.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Committee to consider excluding the press and public from the meeting for the following agenda items in accordance with Section 100 A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 A to the Act and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information to the public.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following agenda items in accordance with Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them 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.

 

129.

Update on Strategic Planning in Gloucestershire

To receive further proposals in respect of strategic planning coordination in Gloucestershire.  

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on further proposals in respect of the engagement of a consultant company to undertake the tasks associated with strategic planning coordination in Gloucestershire.

 

It was noted that a total of five applications were received for the advertised Strategic Planning Coordinator position, including a proposal from Point Consultancy Ltd. At the time of the interview, only the consultancy proposal remained for consideration. Following the interview process, the interview panel unanimously agreed that the role should be offered to Point Consultancy Ltd as per the proposal set out in the application.

 

Mike Dawson, Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council, explained to the Committee that the contract arrangements to engage consultants differed from those approved in the GEGJC resolution of 29 November 2017. The Committee was therefore asked to approve the recommendations set out in the report to allow the engagement of Point Consultancy Ltd to proceed as proposed.

 

The Committee considered the proposal, and questions were asked relating to the proposed contract, including working hours. Following a discussion, the Committee agreed the report recommendations.

 

Resolved

 

1.    Point Consultancy Ltd are appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council acting as the contracting authority for the GEGJC to undertake the tasks associated with the Strategic Planning Coordinator on a two-year contract basis (subject to renewal); and

2.    Supervision, location, and cost sharing arrangements associated with this contract remain as agreed by the GEGJC on 29 November 2017.