Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Thursday 4 June 2015 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

9.

Election of Chairperson

To elect a Chairperson for the Civic Year (2015/16).

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Mark Hawthorne be elected Chairman for the ensuing year.

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations from members of the committee in relation to : -

 

(a)  personal interests (including their nature), and

 

(b) prejudicial interests under the Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

 

No declarations of interest were made.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2015 (minutes attached).

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2015 be approved as a correct record.

12.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Peter Carr, Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, to give an update on current issues (report attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, GFirst LEP, presented a short report updating the Committee on a number of issues.

 

The Committee noted that the aim was to develop one process by which projects could be assessed for inclusion within any future Growth deal bids.  The process would need to include an assessment against how the proposed project would meet the SEP requirements.  It was hoped that a report giving more details on this process would be available for consideration in September.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

13.

GEGJC Pipeline Programme Development pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To receive a report on the development of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee (GEGJC) Pipeline Programme (report attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Copies of the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Needs Analysis matrix together with a pictorial representation of where possible future projects could be located within the county were circulated at the meeting.

 

Members noted that the matrix would remain a working document, and would be updated on a regular basis.

 

The Committee acknowledged that it was clear that there would be a funding gap, although how big the gap would be was not yet clear.

 

Ideally this information would eventually be integrated with the LEP project pipeline, although this may take some time to achieve due to the different criteria to be met for each pipeline.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

14.

Business Rate Pool and Strategic Economic Development Fund pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive an update on the Business Rate Pool and Strategic Economic Development Fund (report to follow).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Sandra Cowley, Strategic Head (Finance and Business Services), Stroud District Council introduced this report.

 

The Committee noted with some disappointment that successful appeals against the business rates levied had resulted in a deficit in the Gloucestershire Business Rates Pool (GBRP) and that there had not been a particularly supportive response from Government to letters of representation sent on the Committee’s behalf.

 

It was clear that the current system was not fit for purpose and that efforts should continue to explain this issue to the relevant Government departments and to the county’s MPs.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

15.

Verbal Updates

To receive verbal updates on the following: -

 

a)    Rail Vision for Gloucestershire;

 

b)    Interim Programme Manager;

 

c)    Devolution

 

Minutes:

 

The Committee received reports on the following matters:

 

a)            Rail Vision for Gloucestershire – The consultants had started on an initial draft of the report which would be aided by a stakeholders event to be held on 12 June.  The key focus would be how connectivity could be improved between the local and national networks.

 

b)           Interim Programme Manager – Mr Riglar was pleased to report that Sandra Fryer would potentially be able to start work in September on a 2/3 day a week basis.

 

c)            Devolution – Members’ attention was drawn to the Leadership Gloucestershire workshop to be held on 16 June which would help shape Gloucestershire’s response. Recent information had indicated that the creation of new Unitary authorities would only be considered if all existing Councils concerned were in agreement.

16.

Future Meeting Dates

a)    To note the meeting dates for 2015:

 

Wednesday 9 September 2015

      Wednesday 9 December 2015

 

b)    To agree the meeting dates for 2016.

 

Suggested dates are:

 

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016

 

All meetings to start at 10.00 am (this will allow meetings of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place at 2.00 pm the same day).

Minutes:

 

a)        Resolved

 

That the following meeting dates for 2015 are noted:

 

Wednesday 9 September 2015, and

Wednesday 9 December 2015

 

b)        Resolved

 

That agreement be given to the following meeting dates for 2016.

 

Wednesday 16 March 2015

Wednesday 15 June 2015

Wednesday 7 September 2015

Wednesday 30 November 2015

 

All meetings to start at 10.00 am.