Agenda and minutes

Economy & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 6th June, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: David Clee  (0161 474 3137)

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2019.

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Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 4 April 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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Minutes:

Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

The following interests were declared:-

 

Personal Interest

 

Councillor

 

Becky Crawford

 

 

 

 

Wendy Wild

 

 

 

 

 

Officer

 

Interest

 

That part of agenda item 6 on Portfolio Performance and Resources – Annual Report 2018/19’ relating to the Markets and Underbanks as a Board member of the Lottery Heritage Fund Underbanks Grants Scheme.

 

Agenda item 6 ‘Woodford Neighbourhood Plan – Approval for Referendum’ as a member of Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Simpson,

Corporate Director

for Place

Management and

Regeneration

That part of agenda item 6 on Portfolio Performance and Resources – Annual Report 2018/19’ as a Director of Stockport Exchange Phase 2 Limited and the Stockport Hotel Management Company Limited Board.

 

 

 

3.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any).

 

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Minutes:

There were no call-in items to consider.

4.

Portfolio Performance and Resources - Annual Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report provides the Annual Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports (PPRRs) for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio for consideration by the Committee. Following positive feedback across all Scrutiny and Cabinet Members to the streamlined format of the Third Update Reports, these reports follow a similar approach.  

 

As an annual report, whilst focusing on highlights and exceptions over the last quarter of 2018/19 (January to March), it also round up the latest position across all projects, programmes and activities within the Portfolio Agreement, along with the full set of performance measures reported during the year. It also included out-turn performance and financial data for the Portfolio where this is available.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to:-

 

·         consider the Annual Portfolio Performance and Resource Report;

·         review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2018/19;

·         highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report; and

·         identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Officer Contacts: Alan Lawson on 0161 474 5397 or email: alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk / Lisa Joy on 0161 474 4044 or email: lisa.joy@stockport.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (copies of which had been circulated) providing the Annual Portfolio Performance and Resource Report for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio for consideration by the Committee. The report focused on highlights and exceptions over the last quarter of 2018/19 (January to March) and rounded up the latest position across all projects, programmes and activities within the Portfolio Agreement, along with the full set of performance measures reported during the year. It also included out-turn performance and financial data for the Portfolio where this was available.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to Members’ questions.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

  • Concern was expressed that investment in office, retail and industrial space let or sold to new occupiers had slowed slighting during the year and that the number of available, quality units had reduced; that the number of jobs created because of investment had not reached the full year forecast and that the net number of business start-ups was a negative figure for 2017. It was anticipated that the Scrutiny Review on District Centres would provide important baseline information. Members requested that the review be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible.
  • Concern was expressed that the data collected by the Local Data Company on occupied retail, commercial premises should include Reddish which was currently excluded.
  • A Member highlighted the evidence of community wealth building, the increase in school visits to museums, and the people from the Brinnington and Central Ward who had been employed, for example, at the Light Cinema and at the Produce Hall, Stockport.
  • The Council’s involvement in brokering a relationship between the Produce Hall, Blackshaws operators and Stockport Homes to deliver pre-employment training for local unemployed people was commended.
  • In response to Members’ questions regarding the financial position of the outdoor market and the lack of stall holders, the Cabinet Member highlighted that he would be attending a meeting on 17 June between Marketplace Europe and the National Market Traders Federation.
  • A Member highlighted the fact the borough was comprised of a number of former urban district councils with their own identity. Consequently some residents in a number of the district centres would rarely visit the town centre.
  • It was highlighted that the Tour of Britain cycle race would be passing through the borough on 14 September 2019 and would be an opportunity to showcase the borough’s district centres.
  • Local centres were an important asset to communities and it was important that there was also a focus on them.
  • A Member requested details of the consultation being undertaken by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
  • Carbon literacy training was being undertaken by senior Officers of the Council and the intention was that this training would also be undertaken by councillors.
  • It was requested that the new Members of the Council be provided with information on the Highway Investment Programme and Potholes Programme, and in particular how they affected their Ward.
  • The performance of Merchants House was commended, achieving a profit of £15,286 against a budgeted profit of £13,813.
  • Support was given to the ‘Digital Her’ event which aimed to inspire up to 120 young female students from Stockport schools to consider future careers in the digital and technology sectors.
  • The Scrutiny Committee asked to be kept up to date on the development of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Apprenticeships Grant for Stockport, particularly with regard to digital initiatives.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

5.

The Greater Manchester Model White Paper on Unified Public Services for the People of Greater Manchester and 'Taking Charge: the next 5 years' pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The Scrutiny Committee will be invited to consider the content of the white paper and provide comments that will inform the Council’s response.

 

Officer Contact: Holly Rae, 0161 474 3014, holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration submitted a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (copies of which had been circulated) providing details of the ‘GM Model - White Paper on Unified Public Services’ and ‘GM ‘Taking Charge’ - the next five years: our prospectus’ that had recently been developed and endorsed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the GM Health and Social Care Partnership.

 

The GM White Paper sought to link up work taking place across Greater Manchester to reform public services and to provide a reference point for public service organisations across GM for how to progress joined up place-based public service reform.

 

The GM Taking Charge paper set out the core characteristics of Greater Manchester’s system that would respond to and demonstrate progress against the NHS long term plan with a specific focus on population health; integrated health and care systems; and contribution to economic development.

 

Members had the opportunity to feed back any comments they might have on the reports outside of the Scrutiny Committee via each Group’s political assistant.

 

The following comments were made/ issues raised:-

 

·         A Member expressed concern about the terminology used in the White Paper and whether the features contained within it would make Stockport’s Council’s Plan subservient to the proposed Greater Manchester Model of Unified Public Services. The report raised many unanswered questions about the future direction of public services in Stockport.

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RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

6.

Woodford Neighbourhood Plan - Approval for Referendum pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration

 

The report sets out the main changes which have been made to the Woodford Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Plan and the next stages in the process before it formally becomes part of the development plan for Stockport.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to comment on the report.

 

Officer Contact: Steve Johnson on 0161 474 3509 or email: steven.johnson@stockport.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out the main changes which had been made to the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan and the next stages in the process before it formally became part of the development plan for Stockport.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to Members’ questions.

 

It was noted that the area for the Neighbourhood Plan excluded the new development in Woodford on the former Woodford Aerodrome site.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

7.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.                                                          

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.

           

Officer contact: David Clee on 0161 474 3137 or email: david.clee@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fell within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.