Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Wednesday 18 March 2015 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

1.

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:

The Committee noted that some members (Cheltenham and Gloucester) had personal interests relating to membership of the Joint Airport Committee.  

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2014.

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2014 be approved as a correct record subject to the addition of Cllr Hancock (Cotswold District Council) to the list of those attending.

3.

Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) Updates pdf icon PDF 60 KB

 

To receive update reports on the following aspects of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

a)    Growth Deal

b)    Implementation Plan

c)    Assurance Framework

d)    Monitoring and Evaluation Plans

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Committee received update reports from Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, gfirst LEP, on the developments relating to Gloucestershire’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

 

Members asked that the final version of the evaluation matrix be circulated as soon as confirmed.  It was agreed that it was important that this clearly showed the money allocated to each project against the money used, so as to demonstrate value for money.  Clear evaluation of the success of the current projects would be a major factor in the likely success of future bids.

 

With regard to the implementation of the agreed projects the Committee expressed the view that it was essential for all relevant agencies to be fully involved at the earliest opportunity so as to make sure of a successful implementation of all current projects, and asked the Senior Officer Group to consider where help could be provided to the LEP to ensure the achievement of this aim.

 

Following this, further consideration could then be given to the provision of additional resourcing to support the evaluation process for the Gloucestershire Growth Deal.

4.

Project Pipeline development process pdf icon PDF 32 KB

 

To receive a report on the SEP project Pipeline development process.

 

Minutes:

 

Having noted the work being undertaken to develop a pipeline of suitable projects for future bids, the Committee emphasised that this work should engage all partners and should not be seen as the responsibility of just the LEP.  It was essential that there was a clear identification of the strategic needs of the county which would allow future projects to be developed to provide the best support for Gloucestershire’s economic development.

 

Members asked that a comprehensive report be prepared for presentation at the next meeting on how future projects could be developed and ‘scored’.

5.

Business Rate Pool Strategic Economic Development Fund

 

To receive a verbal update on the current position of the Fund.

 

Minutes:

 

Sandra Cowley, Stroud District Council, updated the Committee on the current resources available within the Business Rate Pool Strategic Economic Development Fund.

 

The Committee noted that once all contributions had been made for the current financial year (20014/15), there was likely to be £450,000 to be shared between constituent authorities.  For 2015/16 the estimated total to be distributed was £1.2m.

 

Currently the only commitment on this budget was the cost of the Interim Programme Manager and administrative costs associated with the joint committee.  However the risk remained that the out-standing appeals against business rate valuations could significantly affect the amount of monies available.

 

Members noted this information and asked that a report on the utilisation of the share-out monies by District Councils be presented to the next meeting.

6.

Combined Authority/ Economic Prosperity Board pdf icon PDF 132 KB

 

To consider the initial report prepared by Shared Intelligence.

Minutes:

 

A detailed discussion took place on the possible ways greater devolution to local government could be taken forward in Gloucestershire, based on the initial report prepared by Shared Intelligence.

 

Having become clear that it was not yet possible for agreement on a way forward to be reached, the Committee asked that further consideration be given to this issue at the next meeting of Leadership Gloucestershire as preparation for further consideration at the Committee’s meeting in June.

7.

Update Reports

 

To receive verbal reports on the following matters:

 

1.          Planning and infrastructure – next steps following the Chief Executive / Senior Officer Group meeting (Mike Dawson)

2.          Rail vision – progress and next steps (Nigel Riglar)

3.          Dowty-Propellers fire – update / learning (Nigel Riglar)

 

Minutes:

 

The Committee noted verbal reports on the following:

 

1.         Planning and infrastructure –The action sheet from the Senior Officer Group’s meeting (tabled at the meeting), was noted.  It was felt that the actions high-lighted would be of assistance to the LEP.

 

2.         Rail Vision – The strategic vision document was in preparation with the aim of ensuring that Gloucestershire could take maximum advantage of national developments on the rail network and improve local infrastructure and connectivity.

 

3.         Dowty-Propellers fire – A number of learning points had been identified relating to how best to help large businesses keep continuity after such an incident. 

8.

Future Meeting Dates

 

To re-arrange the date of the Committee’s next meeting in June from Wednesday, 3 June to Thursday, 4 June at 10am.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 9 September

Wednesday, 9 December

Minutes:

 

Members noted the re-arranged date for the next meeting (now 4 June 2015) and the remaining dates in September and December respectively.