Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Wednesday 9 September 2015 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

17.

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.

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

 

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2015.

 

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 September 2015 be approved as a correct record subject to the deletion of Cllrs James and Jordan from the list of those attending.

19.

Devolution

 

To receive an oral report on the latest steps in the bid for Devolution to Gloucestershire.

 

Minutes:

 

The Committee was pleased to note that Gloucestershire’s formal bid for Devolution had been published on 4 September 2015.

 

A response from the Government was hoped for within the month.

 

The Chairman took the opportunity to record his thanks to all involved in the preparation of the bid document which had involved much hard work over what was normally the summer holiday period.

20.

GFirst LEP Update pdf icon PDF 44 KB

 

To receive an update report from Peter Carr of GFirst LEP.

 

Please note that the spreadsheet referred to in paragraph ‘c’ of this report is only available in hard copy.  A copy will be available for public inspection at the meeting or can be obtained in advance by contacting the Democratic services Unit on 01452-324220.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

A report on current ‘live’ issues was received from Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, GFirst LEP.

 

The Committee was pleased to note that the County Council, as the Accountable Body, had released the first tranche of funding in early September.  This had been for the Berkeley Green Cyber Security Training and Conference centre project.

 

The due diligence on the initial projects programmed for starts in 2015 had clearly shown the importance of producing a detailed project brief at the start so as to avoid the need for many iterations.  The learning to date had produced process improvements which should allow for increased speed of progress on all future projects.

 

21.

LEP Board : Observer role

 

The Committee has two places on the LEP Board for observers; one allocated to the County Council and one to the District Councils collectively. The role can be undertaken by either an officer or a Member.

 

The County Council observer role is taken by Nigel Riglar and the District Council observer is currently held by Cllr Dave Waters who was until recently the Tewkesbury BC lead member for economic development.

 

Cllr Waters is no longer in that lead member role and so it is suggested that the place would be filled by another person with links to the LEP.

 

The Committee is asked to consider this making an appointment to this role.

Minutes:

 

Having considered the responsibilities associated with this role, it was proposed, duly seconded and the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Geoff Wheeler, Stroud District Council, be appointed as the District Councils’ observer to the LEP Board.

22.

Infrastructure Investment Programme pdf icon PDF 75 KB

 

To receive a report on progress with the development of the programme and its value in support of the identification of an investment pipeline.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

This report was introduced by Mike Dawson, Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council.

 

Members noted that progress had been made on the development of the pipeline and that discussions were continuing with the LEP concerning the relationship with their current Growth Fund list, and how future bidding processes would be handled

 

The Committee emphasised the importance of establishing the process by the Committee’s next meeting in December.

 

Resolved

 

That the following points are noted:

 

·         The categorisations assigned to each infrastructure project highlighting the case for investment. These are divided into five categories to ensure there is a coordinated plan for future investment

·         The emerging pipeline of delivery and investment as outlined in the table at Appendix 1.

·         The work of the Senior Officer Group in conjunction with LEP colleagues to develop a clear mechanism for prioritising economic growth enabling projects and effective resource plans, including linkages to future Growth Deal bidding opportunities.

·         The proposal for monitoring the Infrastructure Investment Plan on a regular basis to ensure a focus on priorities and project progress.

 

23.

Rail Vision for Gloucestershire pdf icon PDF 119 KB

 

To consider the development of the Rail Vision for Gloucestershire.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Committee noted that the final report on the Amey Rail Study for Gloucestershire had now been published.  This would provide important evidence to inform the development of the next version of the Local Transport Plan and to bid for future grants.

 

It was agreed that views on the Study should be forwarded to the County Council, particularly on projects which could be achieved in the short-term, so that bids could be developed in time for the next grant process.

 

Resolved

 

1.     That the findings and recommendations of the Amey Rail Study, particularly with regard to the MetroWest proposals and the need to enter into discussions with adjoining authorities, are noted. 

 

2.     That the Amey Study is used to inform the ongoing review of GCC’s Local Transport Plan, which will be subject to a further round of public consultation in November 2015 onwards.

 

24.

BUSINESS RATE POOL STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND pdf icon PDF 71 KB

 

To receive an update report on the Business rate pool Strategic Economic Development Fund.

 

Minutes:

 

Consideration was given by the Committee to the future of the business rates pool and ways to maximise the retention of business rates in Gloucestershire.

 

Members noted that the proposals would be subject to further financial modelling and that final approval rested with the Chief Finance Officers.

 

Following a detailed discussion on the options, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That the following proposals be supported:

 

·         That the Gloucestershire Business Rates Pool in it’s current form is dissolved on 31 March 2016;

·         That a new business rates pool is formed from 1 April 2016 to include those authorities which collectively maximise the business rate retention in Gloucestershire;

·         That any future governance arrangements are to include all Gloucestershire Councils to share the risks and rewards that flow from pooling, whether in the pool or not.

25.

Apprenticeship Task Group pdf icon PDF 282 KB

Following consideration of the report of the Apprenticeship task group, the County Council have asked that this Committee received the report and consider its recommendations.

Minutes:

 

Cllr Hodgkinson, as Chairman of GCC’s Apprenticeship Scrutiny Task Group, formally presented the report and requested the Committee’s support for the Group’s recommendations.

 

Members fully supported the Group’s findings and recommendations, emphasising the need for a change in approach from both schools and parents so that the full value of apprenticeships could be acknowledged, and smooth pathways to work achieved for all students.

26.

Future Meeting Dates

 

To note that the Committee is due to meet on the following dates in 2015 and 2016:

 

Wednesday, 9 September

Wednesday, 9 December

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday, 7 September

Wednesday 30 November

 

To agree a change to the meeting date scheduled for June 2016.

 

A suggested date is 23 June.

 

 

All meetings to start at 10am (this allows meetings of the Glos Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place the same day).

 

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the dates of future meetings be noted.