Agenda and minutes

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

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

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

27.

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.

 

28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

 

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 9 September 2015.

 

 

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 September be approved as a correct record.

29.

Devolution

 

To review progress with the submission to Government and implications for the future role/operation of the Joint Committee.

 

 

Minutes:

 

Mike Dawson, Chief Executive, Tewkesbury Borough Council, updated the Committee on the progress made on developing the Devolution Bid for Gloucestershire, explaining that currently the particular focus was providing more detail in the Planning/Transportation/Housing work-stream.

 

If the Devolution Bid was successful, the role of the Committee would eventually be subsumed within the Combined Authority.

 

30.

GFirst LEP Update Report pdf icon PDF 45 KB

 

To receive a progress report from GFirst LEP.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst LEP updated the Committee on the progress made with the implementation of the various agreed Growth Deal projects.

 

Members agreed that there was some merit in having more details provided for projects within each district.  This could be as a separate document.  It would also be useful for both this Committee and the Scrutiny Committee to have sight of the full risk management profile for each agreed project.

 

It was generally felt that the comments in the Government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review announcements that there would be a major focus on cyber security could be advantageous for Gloucestershire in that it could allow the county to develop into the centre of excellence for the whole country in this area.

31.

Infrastructure Investment Planning pdf icon PDF 152 KB

 

To consider an update on the development of the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Plan and recommendations for the Growth Deal prioritisation process.  (Report to follow)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Committee received a presentation from Nigel Riglar, GCC Commissioning Director : Communities and Infrastructure and Lisa McCance, Programme Director, Shared Intelligence on the development the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Pipeline (GIIP).

 

Members were reminded that this was a prioritised list of infrastructure projects to use when bidding for external funding as opportunities became available.  Each project had been considered against the following criteria:

 

·         How it fitted with Gloucestershire’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

 

·         What would its contribution to growth in the economy be?

 

·         Would it be deliverable within a 5 year time-span?

 

·         Value For Money

 

·         Did it cover a new area not already included within another project?

 

The Committee requested that full details of the risk ratings for each project be circulated.

 

It was confirmed that it was quite likely that an identified project could move up the priority list if an opportunity to implement that particular project was identified.  All the projects, including those currently included in Category E, would benefit the economy of Gloucestershire; it was just a question of finding a source of funding for each of them.  Since the aim of the GIIP was to cover all sources of external funding, it was likely that further development would be required on individual projects once a potential funding opportunity had been identified so that the project could be customised to fit the funding source.

 

The implications for Gloucestershire (and the Cheltenham area in particular) with regards to the likely expansion of GCHQ following the CSR announcements were discussed in some detail.  The conclusion was that a project of this nature would clearly need to be added to the GIIP since, although this could be seen as a national initiative, there would be knock-on effects on the county’s current infrastructure (increased demand for housing, school places, new roads etc.).  The ‘ask’ would be for funding to provide this local new infrastructure.

 

Having considered all the information before it the Committee

 

Resolved to:

 

  1. Confirm the new projects and re-categorisation of existing projects within the GIIP (see paragraph 5 and Annex 1 of the report);
  2. Recommend the immediate infrastructure priorities identified to the Gfirst LEP Board;

 

  1. Noted the ‘business growth’ priorities identified by the Gfirst LEP Board; and,

 

  1. Agree the GIIP Review process described in the report (paragraph 12).

 

32.

Growth Fund Pipeline Project Update pdf icon PDF 42 KB

 

To consider the outcome of the pipeline refresh process and review recommendations for the LEP Board.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Committee received a report from Pete Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, GFirst LEP, on the refreshed Growth Fund Project Pipeline.  Members attention was drawn to the additional background information now available for project and it was confirmed that the LEP would primarily be focusing on the highest priority projects for the next round of the Growth Deal.

 

Having considered the proposals, the Committee agreed that the following comments should be forwarded to the LEP Board:

 

·         The ask of Government should be ambitious which could be scaled down if the amount of money available was less than anticipated.

 

·         A detailed break-down of the scores for each project was preferred, rather than just the economic impact and total figure.

 

·         Information on what level of score would mean that a project could not stay in the Growth Fund Pipeline would be helpful.

33.

Future Meeting Dates

 

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

 

Wednesday, 16 March

Thursday,     23 June

Wednesday, 7 September

Wednesday 30 November

 

 

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

 

 

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the Committee’s meetings dates for 2016 are noted as follows:

 

Wednesday, 16 March

Thursday,     23 June

Wednesday, 7 September

Wednesday 30 November

 

 

All meetings start at 10am to allow meetings of the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee to take place on the same day.