Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Friday 5 December 2014 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

11.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by members of (a) personal interests (including their nature) and (b) prejudicial interests under the Code of Conduct.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

 

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 12 September and 31 October 2014.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 12 Setpember and 31 October 2014 be approved as a correct record.

13.

Growth Deal pdf icon PDF 58 KB

 

To receive a report from the LEP on progress with the Implementation Planning for Round 1, the Round 2 (top up funding) submission, plans for developing the project pipeline, plus the formation of the management arrangements for the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

This report was presented by Mally Findlater, from the LEP.

 

During a detailed discussion the following points were highlighted:

 

·         The Local Transport Board was likely to continue its work for another 12 to 18 months when it was anticipated that the monies available would have been all distributed.  This Committee would then pick up the monitoring of the delivery of projects.

 

·         There was a need for the LEP to identify sufficient resources to ensure that the assurance Framework could be completed.  As the Accountable body GCC would provide significant resources to support this area and it was hoped that a draft version would be available for comments in the near future.

 

·         The monitoring matrix (copy attached to the signed copy of these minutes) should be completed, including the expected outcomes for each agreed project, by the Committee’s next meeting in March 2015.

 

·         Advice would be available to the LEP from the LAs on how to ensure that work continued on projects during the time of ‘purdah’ prior to next year’s General Election.

 

·         A briefing on the progress with the submitted projects for the Growth Deal Top-up round would be circulated in due course.

 

·         A detailed report on the formation of a pipeline of projects including the criteria for entry would be presented at the Committee’s next meeting.

 

·         It was important that GCC, as the accountable body, had an in-put into the scoring system for the assessment of projects, so that any system was robust and fit for purpose.  It was noted that the current timescales for responses to central government were felt to be too tight and did not allow for any proper consideration to be given to projects.  The LEP had made representations on this matter  

 

·         The assessment process for ‘pipeline projects’ needed to be strategic, long-term and inclusive of all areas of the county.

 

·         The nominations to the shadow ESIF committee of Cllr Steve Lydon for the District Councils and Cllr Shaun Parsons for the County Council were noted.

 

 

14.

Funding Policy pdf icon PDF 75 KB

 

To consider and agree the spending plan for the Strategic Economic Development Fund including the principles of the appointment of a Programme Manager.

Minutes:

 

Sandra Cowley, Stroud District Council, presented the report on the Committee’s Funding Policy.

 

The Committee agreed that it would be helpful for Districts to confirm how money distributed from the Business Rates Pool was supporting economic development locally.

 

15.

The Reformation of CSPIG

 

To receive a report on progress with the reformation of CSPIG.

Minutes:

 

Cllr Jordan informed the Committee that unfortunately it had not yet been possible to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter. He noted that the discussion in the following item may supersede the need for a meeting.

 

16.

Planning & Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 55 KB

 

To consider future strategic infrastructure requirements and resourcing challenges.

Minutes:

 

Simon Excell, GCC, introduced this report which explained the possible impact of the replacement of Section 106 Agreements with Community Infrastructure Levy by District councils with regard to the cost and provision of new infrastructure associated with new developments.

 

After a detailed discussion of the possible ramifications, and it becoming clear that this area required a co-operative approach across all seven authorities, to allow detailed consideration of the many implications, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That the Chief Executives Group be asked to develop proposals for a Memorandum of Understanding between all Local Authorities in Gloucestershire which would allow the development of Terms of Reference of a Joint Group to lead on the co-ordination of this area, and reporting to this Committee.

17.

Gloucestershire Growth Hub

To receive a presentation about the Gloucestershire Growth Hub.

Minutes:

 

The Committee received an interesting presentation from Jeannie Cohen-Brand, Commercial Manager at The Growth Hub (Gloucestershire).

 

It was agreed that a future meeting should receive an updated presentation which could show what outcomes had been achieved from the investment made.

18.

Gloucestershire Local Transport Board pdf icon PDF 40 KB

 

To consider a nomination for the GEGJC’s representative on the GLTB.

Minutes:

 

Having been informed that the current member and substitute were willing to continue, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Paul James (Gloucester City) be nominated as this Committee’s representative on the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board, and that Cllr Steve Jordon (Cheltenham Borough) be the named substitute; terms of office being from March 2015 to March 2017.

19.

Strategic Rail Issues pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To receive a report about emerging strategic rail issues and to consider future joint action.

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Minutes:

 

Following a discussion on the emerging strategic rail issues, it was agreed that any bids made were more likely to be successful if they were backed by a county-wide vision, ideally by the drafting of a strategic rail plan.

 

As an initial step towards this aim, the Chairman agreed that GCC’s response to the Network Rail Western Route Study Consultation would be shared.  The Committee also welcomed the suggestion that a small officer working group be established at the earliest opportunity to scope the approach and associated work.

 

20.

Future Meeting Dates

To note that the Committee is scheduled to meet on the following dates in 2015:

 

Wednesday, 18 March

Wednesday, 3 June

Wednesday, 9 September

Wednesday, 9 December

 

Minutes:

 

The agreed dates for meetings in 2015 were noted.