Agenda and minutes

Economy & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 11th July, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: David Clee  (0161 474 3137)

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2019.

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Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 6 June 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 interest was declared:-

 

Personal Interest

 

Councillor

 

Tom Dowse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

That part of agenda item 4 on ‘Portfolio Performance and Resources – Draft Portfolio Agreement 2019/20’ relating to the Greater Manchester Full Fibre Programme as a friend undertakes work on the programme.

 

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 - Draft Portfolio Agreement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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

 

Policy priorities for 2019/20 were set out within the Council Plan, which was adopted at the Budget Council Meeting in February. This incorporates the shared outcomes from the Borough Plan alongside specific priorities of the Cabinet.

 

These priorities are articulated within the Portfolio Agreements, which form the basis for regular in-year reporting. Portfolio and Corporate Performance and Resource Reports (PPRRs and CPRRs) will assess progress against key objectives, priorities, outcomes and budgets, enabling Scrutiny Committees to hold the Cabinet to account and for the Cabinet to identify current and future risks to delivery.

 

Council Plan priorities have been aligned to the new Cabinet Portfolio responsibilities approved at Annual Council on 21 May. These reflect emerging strategic priorities, which continue to inform the Medium Term Financial Plan.

 

This report presents the draft 2019/20 Agreements for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio for consideration and comment by the Committee.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to review and comment on the draft Portfolio Agreement.

 

Officer contact: Alan Lawson/ Kora Yohannan on 474 5397/ 4032 or email: alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk/ kora.yohannan@stockport.gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) presenting the draft 2019/20 Portfolio Performance and Resources Agreement for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio for consideration and comment by the Committee.

 

The policy priorities for 2019/20 were articulated within the Portfolio Agreements which formed the basis for regular in-year reporting. Portfolio Performance and Resources Reports would assess progress against key objectives, priorities, outcomes and budgets, enabling Scrutiny Committees to hold the Cabinet to account and for the Cabinet to identify current and future risks to delivery.

 

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:-

 

  • A Member requested more detail in the report, where appropriate, to supplement some of the general comments.
  • The close working relationship with other portfolios was highlighted, particularly Inclusive Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Stockport, and the Cabinet Member stated that there would be an integrated approach across the different portfolios.
  • Members supported the ‘Our Pass’ scheme for 16 to 18 year olds in Greater Manchester which combined free bus travel with access to sports, culture and leisure opportunities and other offers. Members asked for clarification on how the initiative would work with journeys that crossed the boundary of Greater Manchester, for example into Derbyshire or Cheshire East. The scheme did not appear to have been well advertised and more detail was requested on the initiative.
  • Members requested financial figures appertaining to footfall at the market and how the management of the market was being assessed and the Corporate Director agreed to circulate this to all Members of the Scrutiny Committee. The Cabinet Member reported back on the meeting held with the National Market Traders Federation on 17 June and how to take the market forward, for example with artisan markets and the food and drink festival which was being held in September.
  • With regard to communication with the traders, the management of Market Place Europe had agreed to hold regular quarterly meetings with the market traders and they were introducing a newsletter to be sent to market traders on a quarterly basis and improve marketing by the introduction of advertising boards and the development of a website and social media.
  • In response to a Member’s question, the Cabinet Member outlined his long term plans for community wealth building in the borough. This entailed putting social outcomes at the heart of work in the local economy, for example Stockport Homes’ work in securing jobs for people at Redrock. In terms of tendering for contracts, it was important to see if there were employers within the local community who could provide the service. Giving employees an active place in the workforce would result in better outcomes for the organisation. More businesses would be encouraged to pay their employees the living wage.
  • A Member felt that that the timeframe for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework should be altered to fifteen years rather than twenty years. The same methodology could be used but the amount of housing required would, of course, be less.
  • Members requested an update following the submission of the Clean Air Outline Business Case.
  • In response to a Member’s question regarding Performance Indicator E&R1.1, the Corporate Director stated that the Planning Enforcement team focused on the number of breaches of planning control which caused the most concern. Officers were not pursuing issues which may not have a positive outcome. More information would be provided to a future meeting of the Scrutiny Committee.
  • With regard to the percentage of occupied retail, commercial and business premises within the Borough’s district centres (Performance Indicator E&R1.4), a Member requested that the Scrutiny Review on District Centres be completed as soon as possible.
  • In response to a Member’s question, the Corporate Director agreed to keep the Scrutiny Committee updated on the Greater Manchester HM Treasury Skills Pilots which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

STOCKPORT TOWN CENTRE PURPLE FLAG pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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

 

The report details a proposal to submit Stockport Town Centre for Purple Flag Status.  Purple Flag is a National accreditation scheme run by the Association of Town Centre Management.  The current iteration of the scheme, launched in 2012, is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161-474-2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) detailing a proposal to submit Stockport Town Centre for Purple Flag Status. 

 

It was stated that Purple Flag was a National accreditation scheme run by the Association of Town Centre Management.  The current iteration of the scheme, launched in 2012, was an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches.

 

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

 

The following comment was made/ issue raised:-

 

·         In response to a Member’s question, the Corporate Director stated that the aim of the self-assessment in Appendix A was to be self-critical. The accreditation document would be more positive.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

6.

Scrutiny Review Topic Selection and Scrutiny Work Programme 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report seeks suggestions for Scrutiny Review topics for inclusion in the 2019/2020 scrutiny work programme, building on the recommendations of the ‘Undertaking Scrutiny in Stockport Review’ carried out by the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee in 2018/2019.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to select a topic for inclusion in the Scrutiny Review Programme.

 

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

 

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Minutes:

A representative of the Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out a suggested process for the selection of scrutiny review topics and an explanation as to how the reviews would be supported.  The Committee was invited to choose a topic for its next review.

 

RESOLVED – That the Scrutiny Committee give further consideration at its next meeting to:-

 

·         leading on a cross scrutiny committee, one off meeting covering the various aspects of Climate Change, for example planning, building control, development, housing, environment, education etc

·         undertaking a scrutiny review on the town centre night time economy, with particular emphasis on people’s safety.

 

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 pout forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.

 

Officer Contact: David Clee on 0161 474 31347 or email: david.clee@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

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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.