Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee - Tuesday 4 February 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Joe Harris (Cotswold District Council) and from Cllr Tim Gwilliam (Forest of Dean District Council).

 

Cllr Harris was represented at the meeting by Cllr Tony Dale and Cllr Tim Gwilliam by Cllr Bernie O’Neill.

2.

Committee Meeting - 20 November 2020

At the Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee agreed to defer the following agenda items to allow the committee more time to consider the requests for funding from the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and to consider any additional information that might be relevant to the decisions.

 

Items deferred at the meeting included:

 

Item 8.2   Local Nature Partnership (LNP) request for funding in respect of Natural Capital Mapping (£40,000 of reserves to be used for the purposes of contributing towards the overall cost of the commission of the LNP Capital Mapping Work in 2019/20). Item deferred pending consideration at the reconvened meeting on 4 February 2020.

 

Item 8.3 - Request for funding from the Central Gloucestershire City Region Board (£500,000 of reserves to be used to support the commissioning of work by the newly established Central Gloucestershire City Region Board in 2019/2020. Item deferred pending consideration at the reconvened meeting on 4 February 2020.

 

Item 9 - GFirst LEP Update

After the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee was asked to consider the update report published with the agenda for the meeting, (published at item 9 of the agenda),detailing activities relating to the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, and submit any questions they may wish to ask. The update report to be noted at the reconvened meeting on 4 February 2020.

 

Item 11 – Future Meetings (including consideration of the Committee Forward Plan and suggestions on the process for receiving updates from district authorities on the progress of growth projects in their areas). Item deferred pending consideration at the reconvened meeting on 4 February 2020.

 

Decisions agreed at the meeting on 20 November 2019: -  

 

Item 8.1   Rail Investment Strategy

Ratification of the in-principle decision agreed at the Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting on 4 September 2019 to allocate £70,000 of reserves to be used for the purposes of contributing to the overall cost of the commission of the Rail Investment Strategy (RIS) for Gloucestershire. (Funding to be allocated in two tranches; £40k in 19/20 and £30k in 2020/21). An update on this decision will be provided under item 7 of the agenda.

 

Item 8.4 - Request for funding from Cheltenham Borough Council in respect of the Cyber Central Project

£200,000 of reserves to match fund the development of an economic evidence base and prospectus for Gloucestershire and assist in developing the full growth potential of the County

 

Additional item: LEP Funding

 

Further to the decisions made at the meeting on 20 November 2019, the Committee agreed an ‘in principle’ decision to award £250,000 core (match) funding to the LEP for the period from 2020/21. The decision to be ratified at the reconvened meeting on 4 February 2020.

 

 

Minutes:

Members recalled that at the Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee had agreed to defer the following items on the agenda to allow everyone more time to consider the requests for funding from the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and to consider any additional information that might be relevant to the decisions.

 

Item 8.2   Local Nature Partnership (LNP) - request for funding in respect of Natural Capital Mapping; The request related to £40,000 of reserves to be used for the purposes of contributing towards the overall cost of the commission of the LNP Capital Mapping Work in 2019/20).

 

Item 8.3 - Request for funding from the Central Gloucestershire City Region Board; (one of the three Vision 2050 Delivery Boards). The original request, (submitted to the committee for consideration at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019), represented a request for £500,000 of reserves to be used to support the commissioning of work by the newly established Central Gloucestershire City Region Board in 2019/2020.

 

Item 9 - GFirst LEP Update

Having deferred this item at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee was asked to consider the update report published with the agenda for the November meeting, (published at item 9 of the agenda),detailing activities relating to the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, and to submit any questions on issues that might require more information. No questions were submitted. At the committee meeting on 4 February 2020, members were advised that an update on matters arising since the meeting on 20 November 2019 would be considered at agenda item 6 of the meeting. 

 

Item 11 – Future Meetings (including consideration of the Committee Forward Plan and suggestions to facilitate the process of district representatives providing updates on the progress of growth projects within their areas).

 

Members noted the outcomes of the following decisions, (resolved at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019), and agreed to receive an update on the allocation of reserves allocated for the commissioning of the Gloucestershire Rail Strategy.

 

Decision 8.1   Rail Investment Strategy

At the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee ratified an in-principle decision agreed by the committee on 4 September 2019, confirming the allocation of £70,000 of reserves to be used for the purposes of contributing to the overall cost of the commission of the Rail Investment Strategy (RIS) for Gloucestershire. It was agreed that the funding would be allocated in two tranches; £40k in 2019/20 and £30k in 2020/21. At the committee meeting on 4 February 2020, members were advised that an update on progress following the award of funding (2019/20) would be considered at agenda item 7 of the meeting.

 

Decision 8.4 - Request for funding from Cheltenham Borough Council in respect of the Cyber Central Project At the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, the committee agreed the award of £200,000 reserves as match funding for the development of an economic evidence base and prospectus  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Minutes

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2020 (minutes attached).

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2019 will be published on the council website as a separate document to the minutes for this meeting (4 February 2020).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2019 were agreed and signed as a correct record of that meeting.

4.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any pecuniary or personal interests.

Minutes:

Cllr Steve Jordan, (representing Cheltenham Borough Council), declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 5 c) of the agenda, ratification of an in-principle decision made at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, agreeing to match fund any funding awarded to the GFirst LEP by Central Government.  Cllr Jordan made the declaration as a board member of the GFirst LEP Board.

 

5.

Business Rate Pool Funding pdf icon PDF 95 KB

a)    To receive a verbal update on the Business Rate Pool, (updated from the report presented at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019), including proposals for the consideration of new funding requests from the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF). The committee to consider the attached Draft Application and Assessment Protocol

 

b)    The committee to consider the following funding requests, (deferred from the committee meeting held on 20 November 2019), relating to requests for funding from the: -

 

              i.        Local Nature Partnership (LNP) – the committee to consider an expression of interest in respect of a £40,000 contribution towards the overall cost of commissioning LNP Capital Mapping Work in 2019/20.

 

             ii.        Central Gloucestershire City Region Board – the committee to consider an expression of interest submitted by the Central Gloucestershire City Region Board, seeking a contribution of £500,000 to support the commissioning of work by the Board in 2019/2020.

 

c)    The committee to consider an ‘in-principle’ decision made at the committee meeting on 20 November 2019, seeking to award £250,000 core (match) funding to the GFirst LEP as the GCC contribution to the LEP for the period 2020/21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)    Business Rate Pool Update

 

Andrew Cummings, Section 151 Officer at Stroud District Council, gave a brief update on the position of the Strategic Economic Development Fund for the period since last reported to the committee on 20 November 2019.

 

Based upon the current position, it was anticipated the pool would reach £4 million at the end of the 2020. This figure would continue to be monitored throughout the remainder of the 2019/20 financial year, with a final figure reported after district year end audit procedures were completed. A full update to be provided at the committee meeting on 18 March 2020.

 

Application and Assessment Protocol

 

An overview of the funding bid application and assessment process was provided. It was noted that, in November 2018, the Joint Committee had approved the eligibility criteria and project approval process for the assessment of any future funding bids for consideration of an award from the Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF). The process is outlined below and in the attached criteria flowchart.  

 

Eligibility Criteria for SEDF Applications:

 

      i.        Potential project/request funding requests need to have a significant strategic economic growth focus and clearly demonstrate the economic benefits and contribution it is likely to make in supporting delivery of growth of the local economy and communities in Gloucestershire;

 

  1. SEDF is revenue funding (available to support a range of initiatives and projects);

 

  1. Access to the fund is for principle stakeholders only. Local Authorities and Local Economic Partnership and any project or funding requests will need to have a clearly identified sponsoring lead organisation or contact; and

 

  1. Any initial ideas/proposals need to complete a written Expression of Interest template, to be submitted for consideration to the GEGJC Senior Officers Support Group, at a relevant meeting. (This process mirrors the same approach adopted for consideration of new projects for the GEGJC sponsored Gloucestershire Capital Investment Pipeline (CIP). 

 

 Assessment Process:

 

  1. The Gloucestershire Economic Growth Senior Officer Support Group to consider and assess formal written Expressions of Interest for SEDF funding against the eligibility criteria by completing an assessment template at one of its bi-monthly meetings;

 

 

  1. Officers from the Senior Officer Support Group will advise the Joint Committee on the conclusions of their assessment and make a recommendation of approval or not. Where appropriate, officers will also make comments on the validity and priority of the bid against other potential commitments. In the case where officers may be advising the committee not to recommend approval of funding, they will provide an appropriate explanation as to the reasons why.

 

  1. Any project requests considered appropriate and supported by the GEGJC Senior Officer Support Group will be incorporated into the Joint Committee agenda papers for the next meeting cycle as part of the Business Rates Pool Activity Report.

Decision Process/Approval of Funding:

 

  1. The Committee will require a formal agreement and/or apply binding conditions to any approved funding, to which the applicant body will be required to agree prior to the release of funding. In support, the completed assessment template will outline  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

GFirst LEP Update

To receive a verbal update from GFirst LEP on the status of Growth Deal Projects for Gloucestershire and the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Capital Investment Plan. 

 

 

Minutes:

Dev Chakraborty, (Deputy Chief Executive for the GFirst LEP), gave an update on the progress of the Growth Programme for Gloucestershire, including an update on the EU Funding Programme and the preparations underway for developing a Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

 

Consultation on the Draft Local Industrial Strategy had closed in the Autumn. Feedback had been received from over 200 organisations and a report, setting out the key themes emerging from across all of the responses, had been presented to the LEP Board on 10 December 2019. The Board had agreed a set of recommendations as a revision to the Draft Strategy, which was now being considered by the government.

 

The full consultation report can be read at: https://www.gfirstlep.com/downloads/2019/local-industrial-strategy-consultation-report.pdf

 

On 10 March 2020, a panel of Government analysts will consider the Five Foundations Productivity Evidence Report and a selection of other key documents from the wider evidence base. A full update to be provided at the joint committee meeting on 18 March 2020. 

 

It was confirmed that Diane Savory OBE would be stepping down from her role as Chair of GFirst LEP in July 2020. Diane will have served 9 years as Chair, the maximum period a chair can stay in the role. A recruitment campaign to find a successor was currently underway, with the deadline for applications confirmed as April 30 2020. Interviews to take place in May 2020. Internal candidates, (current members of the LEP Board), are allowed to submit an application.

 

The update was noted.

7.

Update on Rail Investment Strategy Decision pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The committee to receive an update on the progress made following the award of funding to Gloucestershire County Council for the commissioning of the Gloucestershire Rail Investment Strategy. 

Minutes:

A detailed presentation on the Gloucestershire Rail Industrial Strategy (RIS) was provided, including details on the award of funding from the Business Rate Pool Strategic Economic Development Fund (SEDF) to support development of the strategy as a countywide commission.

 

An ‘in-principle’ decision to transfer £70k funding from the Strategic Economic Development Fund for the development of the RIS was endorsed in September 2019, pending formal ratification of the decision by this committee on 20 November 2019.

 

The Strategy will be used to inform the Local Transport Plan Review and to feed into the emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

 

Please refer to the attached presentation and the link below for details: -

 

 

 

8.

Future Meetings pdf icon PDF 59 KB

a)    To note the dates of meetings in 2020; 

 

18 March 2020

3 June 2020

16 September 2020

18 November 2020

 

b)    To note the committee forward plan and suggest items for consideration at future meetings.

 

c)    The committee to agree the process for receiving updates from members on the progress of growth projects within their respective areas.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

18 March 2020

3 June 2020

16 September 2020

18 November 2020