Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Wednesday 4 September 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Jo Moore 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Steve Jordan, (Cheltenham Borough Council), Cllr Tim Gwilliam, (Forest of Dean District Council), and Cllr Joe Harris, (Cotswold District Council).

 

In the absence of Cllr Joe Harris, Cllr Tony Dale represented Cotswold District Council at the meeting.  

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2019 were agreed and signed as a correct record of that meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests by members.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

4.

Local Transport Plan (LTP) Review pdf icon PDF 94 KB

A presentation on the progress of the Local Transport Plan (LTP) Review.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a detailed presentation on the progress of the council’s review of the Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan (LTP).

 

Having adopted the Local Transport Plan (2015-2031) in June 2016, the Council has a statutory requirement to review existing policies within the plan and to consider any changes to national, regional, county priorities. In addition, the Council to take into account any transport infrastructure requirements. 

 

It was announced that formal public consultation on the plan’s vision and objectives would be undertaken from January to March 2020. Feedback from the consultation and the revised plan to be presented to the Environment Scrutiny Committee and to the Joint Committee in the Spring. The plan to be considered by Cabinet in the Summer, with the final document presented for adoption by Full Council in Autumn 2020.

 

Working within a new and extended time-frame, (to consider anticipated transport technologies and growth scenarios extending to 2041), officers gave an update on the various components of the plan. These included; public and community transport (bus); cycling policies; (including any priorities identified through the emerging Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan); rail; highway and freight considerations. The review to consider two areas of work, i) the council’s transport priorities from the current time to 2031); ii) the council’s more aspirational priorities, for the period up to and including 2041.

 

It was noted that the 6 place-based strategies, (previously known as ‘Connecting Places Strategies’), relating to the Central Severn Vale, Forest of Dean, North Cotswold, South Cotswold, Stroud and Tewkesbury areas, had been amalgamated into the one document, with each strategy forming a sub-section of the main document. In response to data taken from a ‘scale of impact’ indicator, priorities identified within each of the schemes to be categorised under one of four key headings; strategic; major; local or countryside.

 

Members attention was drawn to the ‘Park and Ride’ sites located throughout the county and informed that the sites would now be referred to as ‘Transport Interchange Hubs’. The intention was to consider and review existing sites (x 3) and replace with transport hubs (x 6). 

 

To reflect the state of emergency declared at the council meeting in June 2019, and the council’s commitment to achieving an 80 per cent reduction in corporate carbon emissions by 2025, members were informed that the council would be considering a range of carbon reduction proposals, (including investing in ultra low vehicles), as part of the revised plan.

 

Inviting members to comment on revisions to the plan, officers highlighted the importance of engaging with district/borough authorities. Emphasis was placed on seeking views from a local perspective, including seeking opinions on proposals relating to air and rail transport and on the feasibility of a Third River Severn Crossing. One member requested presentations to the individual local authorities and the request was noted. Action by: Colin Chick

 

Responding to questions, officers advised that a key ambition from the review would be to bring together all policies, (including community transport), into one  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Climate Change Summit and Action Plan Update pdf icon PDF 1 MB

A presentation on the development of the Draft Climate Change Strategy. 

Minutes:

The committee received a detailed presentation on how the County Council intended to respond to the County Climate Change Emergency announced at the Full Council meeting on 15 May 2019, and the steps being taken to revise and strengthen the Gloucestershire Climate Change Strategy over the next 5 years.

 

A motion agreed by Full Council in May 2019 required the council to i) reduce corporate carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2030, (with the remaining being offset to constitute a “net zero” organisation); ii) deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050, and iii) work with partners to identify the measures needed to deliver a stepped target of 80% carbon reduction by 2030.

 

The Committee noted examples of the many energy-efficient changes the Council had made to date, including completion of a £13.7m programme of LED street lighting across the County. It was reported that, since publication of baseline figures for 2006/07, the County Council had reduced its CO2 emissions from 26,820 (tonnes) to 12,060.

 

Members attention was drawn to the public engagement that had been undertaken over the summer months, including seeking input from the public and from local communities on the changes they wished to considered to address Climate Change, and how the County Council could support such changes.

 

At a Climate Change Summit held on 21 May 2019, it had been agreed to set up a Youth Climate Panel, (represented by young people aged between 16 and 25, with 5 representatives from each district). Recruitment to the Panel would be made throughout September 2019. The purpose of the panel would be to provide young people with an opportunity to influence and raise awareness on how the county as a whole can respond to the climate emergency. The Panel to provide young people with an insight on how Leadership Gloucestershire organisations intended to tackle climate change and to give input into the Climate Change Strategy.

 

Several members referred to the varying levels of work being undertaken at district/borough councils and expressed concern that the work proposed at this meeting could be at risk of being duplicated. Consideration of whether the issue was a matter for discussion by the Joint Committee or by Leadership Gloucestershire was also questioned. Acknowledging the need for cross over work, (involving external agencies and outside bodies), the committee also stressed the need for everyone to work together to address the climate change emergency, with Leadership Gloucestershire recognised as the vehicle for progression. Noting the impact of climate change on the work of the LEP and on local growth strategies and spatial plans, it was agreed the Joint Committee provided an appropriate forum for reviewing progress going forward. One member highlighted the need for large scale tree planting and this was noted.

 

Officers advised the committee that approval of the revised Climate Change Strategy would be made at the County Council Cabinet meeting on 13 November 2019. (This has since changed and the decision will now be considered by Cabinet on 20 December 2019).  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee

A verbal update on the work of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee.

Minutes:

Cllr Kevin Cromwell, Chairman of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, gave an update on the work of the scrutiny committee.

 

Cllr Cromwell informed members that the scrutiny committee meeting being held later that day would be held at the Growth Hub in Gloucester. As a predominantly GFirst LEP focused meeting, this would provide an opportunity for the committee to visit the Growth Hub.

 

The committee to consider the following items at the meeting:

 

  • An overview of the work and activities of the GFirst LEP; 
  • A report from GFirst LEP on the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS);
  • Responding to a recommendation arising from the recent scrutiny review, all scrutiny committees to receive performance data at each meeting;
  • Acknowledging the close links between the Economic Growth and the Environment and the Adult Social Care & Communities Scrutiny Committees, the Director for Economy, Environment and Infrastructure to provide a generic report for consideration by all 3 committees, allowing the members of each committee to ask questions on their particular areas.

 

A joint meeting of the Economic Growth Scrutiny and the Environment Scrutiny Committees had been arranged for 18 September 2019, for members to receive a presentation on the Local Transport Plan. Holding a joint meeting would enable both committees to ask questions on the topic from an Environmental and Economic Growth perspective. This arrangement to be replicated in circumstances where topics of equal interest needed to be considered.

 

The next local scrutiny committee meeting would be held at Stroud District Council on 30 October 2019. The final local held meeting to be hosted by Gloucester City Council in February 2020. Details of the Stroud held meeting had yet to be finalised but Stroud representatives suggested the possibility of presenting an item on climate change and spatial planning. A review of all 6 district held visits to be considered in March 2020, with a report to the Joint Committee in June 2020.

 

Cllr Molyneux welcomed the update and advised of the intention to arrange informal visits between himself, (as Chairman of the Economic Growth Joint Committee), and lead members/officers with responsibilities for economic growth at each of the district/borough councils in the county. It was hoped the meetings would create a deeper understanding of some of the issues affecting economic growth in local areas and help strengthen the relationships between the County and district/borough councils.

7.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 83 KB

An update on the work and activities of the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP).  

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received an update on the progress of the Growth Programme for Gloucestershire; this included an update on the EU Funding Programme; the preparations underway for developing a Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) and an update on the LEP/Local Authority sponsored Inward Investment Programme.

 

Mally Findlater from the GFirst LEP reported good progress and confirmed,(despite the current political climate and preparations for Brexit), everything was on track. Responding to questions on the repercussions of Brexit on European funded projects, Mally confirmed that an interim review had been made, taking into account recent government guidelines and criteria. With advice ongoing, and pending further updates, it was not an option to delay proceedings.

 

The update was noted.

 

 

8.

Vision 2050 Project Boards

A verbal update on the performance and progress of the Vision 2050 Project Boards.

Minutes:

Mike Dawson, (Chairman of the Senior Officer Group), gave an update on the establishment and progress of the Gloucestershire Vision 2050 Partnership Boards.

 

Members recalled that, in October 2018, Leadership Gloucestershire had endorsed the ‘Gloucestershire Vision 2050 Concordat’, setting out the work required to deliver the long term future vision of Gloucestershire.

 

In addition to developing the processes by which the 8 Gloucestershire Vision 2050 ambitions would be delivered, the Concordat proposed the establishment of 3 Partnership Boards from which to take forward the work and support the delivery of Vision 2050 in different parts of the County.

 

The Partnership Boards included: -

 

1.    Central Gloucestershire City Region Growth Partnership Board

2.    Severn Vale Partnership Board

3.    Rural Ambition Partnership Board

 

It was confirmed that terms of reference had been agreed and that the boards were preparing to meet throughout the following months.  

 

Responding to concerns about the possible duplication of work between the Partnership Boards, the Joint Committee and Leadership Gloucestershire, it was suggested that the Senior Officer Group consider how the work of the Programme Boards related to the remit of the Joint Committee and what information the Joint Committee was likely to consider. Action by Mike Dawson.  

 

It was agreed further updates and briefing notes be presented as the work of the Partnership Boards progressed. Action by Mike Dawson.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

Growth Delivery Monitoring and Strategic Board Delivery

A verbal update on Growth Delivery Monitoring and Strategic Board Delivery (including an update on the Garden Town Programme).

Minutes:

Mike Dawson, (Chairman of the Senior Officer Group), gave a verbal update on Growth Delivery Monitoring and Strategic Board activity since that reported at the last meeting.

 

Noting the progress of some of the bids moving forward, it was proposed the the committee receive presentations on two of the projects at a future meeting. It was suggested presentations on the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (Cyber Park) and the Tewkesbury Borough Council bid to achieve Garden Town status be added to the committee work plan for consideration by the Joint Committee in the New Year. Action by – Jo Moore

10.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To note the attached forward plan and suggest items for consideration at future meetings.

Minutes:

The forward plan circulated in advance of the meeting was noted, supplemented by a request that the plan be updated to reflect items for consideration by the Joint Committee for meetings in 2020/2021.

 

The outline forward plan to be considered by the Senior Officer Group before circulation to the Joint Committee.

 

Items suggested for inclusion on the forward plan (at this meeting) included: -

 

1.    Presentations on the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (Cyber Park) and the Tewkesbury Borough Council bid to achieve Garden Town status for Ashchurch;

 

2.    The role of local councils in providing support to local businesses;

 

3.    The role of Leadership Gloucestershire and its relationship to the Joint Committee;   

 

4.    Formation of the Great Western Powerhouse, (members questioned the relevance of this discussion to the Joint Committee and suggested that the item might be more relevant for consideration by Leadership Gloucestershire before being considered by the committee)?

 

11.

Future Meetings

To note that the committee is due to meet on the following dates in 2019 and 2020:

 

20 November 2019

18 March 2020

3 June 2020

9 September 2020

18 November 2020

 

Minutes:

The committee noted the following meeting dates: -

 

20 November 2019

18 March 2020

3 June 2020

9 September 2020

18 November 2020