Agenda and minutes

Economy & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 10th December, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Webcast - Remote Meeting. View directions

Contact: David Clee  (0161 474 3137)

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meetings held on 24 September and 5 November 2020.

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Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meetings held on 24 September and 5 November 2020 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 Interests

 

Officers

 

 

 

Paul Richards and Caroline Simpson

Agenda item 5 - ‘Portfolio Performance and Resources – Mid-Year Report 2020/21’ as Directors 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.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during consideration of part of agenda item 9 ‘BHS – Redevelopment Proposals’ and part of agenda item 10 ‘Former Ritz Cinema Car Park and former Greenhale House Disposal’ which contain information ‘not for publication’ by virtue of Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972.

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RESOLVED – That in order to prevent the disclosure of information which was not for publication relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority) and information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings, the disclosure of which would not be in the public interest, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the exempt information in the ‘not for publication’ appendices for agenda item 9 – ‘BHS – Redevelopment Proposals’ and agenda item 10 – ‘Former Ritz Cinema Car Park and former Greenhale House Disposal’.

5.

Portfolio Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports (PPRRs) for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio are presented for consideration by the Committee. These provide a summary of progress in delivering the portfolio priorities, reform programmes and other key projects in the first half of the year, with a particular focus on the second quarter (July to September) and up to the end of October where possible. These include forecast performance and financial data (where this is available) for the Portfolios, along with an update on the portfolio savings programmes.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:

 

(i)        Consider the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports;  

(ii)      Review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2020/21;

(iii)     Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

(iv)     Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report;

(v)      Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Officer Contacts: Alan Lawson/Lisa Joy on 0161 474 5397/ 0161 474 4044     

or email:

alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk  or  lisa.joy@stockport.gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) presenting the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports (PPRR) for the Economy and Regeneration Portfolio for consideration by the Committee. The report provided a summary of progress in delivering the portfolio priorities, reform programmes and other key projects in the first half of the year, with a particular focus on the second quarter (July to September) and up to the end of October where possible. The report also included a forecast on performance and financial data (where this was available) for the portfolio, along with an update on the portfolio savings programme.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

Cancellation of outdoor artisan markets on 5 December 2020

 

·         Concern was expressed by some Members about the cancellation by Officers of three outdoor artisan markets in Stockport on 5 December 2020 despite outdoor markets being permitted under Tier 3 restrictions. The markets in question were Heaton Moor Producers Market, Cheadle Makers Market and Romiley Village Square Market and they had been cancelled at short notice due to concerns about Covid-19. Members felt that the appropriate Cabinet Members should have been consulted on this issue before the decision had been taken. It was hoped that the markets could be rearranged before Christmas if Greater Manchester was moved into Tier 2 and, if so, Members requested that they be notified of the rearranged dates.

·         Although a Member supported the decision to cancel the markets on the grounds of public health and safety, he expressed concern about how the decision had been communicated to Councillors and communities.

·         The £200 discretionary grant allocation to the market traders affected was seen as a contribution towards the overhead costs the traders had incurred in preparing to attend the events, and for not being able to trade in Stockport due to the local restrictions that had been introduced at short notice to manage the risk of the spread of the virus.

·         A Member felt that £200 was to small an amount to offer to the traders and did not help the nearby businesses who would also have gained business from having the outdoor artisan markets held near to their premises. The Corporate Director agreed to provide Members with information on how the figure of £200 had been arrived at and how it was to be distributed to the market traders affected.

 

Other issues

 

·         A Member raised the unsuccessful bid by the Council to the Active Travel Fund where Transport for Greater Manchester had felt that the bid did not meet the criteria.

·         The marketing of the One Stockport initiative was raised. The initiative was an opportunity to improve relations with the private sector and recognise their role in regenerating the town centre. Responses were being prepared to comments made at the area committees about improving the marketing of the One Stockport initiative and introducing bespoke marketing for each district centre.

·         Support for small businesses was highlighted and the role of entrepreneurs in the regeneration of the borough.

·         In response to a Member’s question, it was clarified that the review of options for the Metrolink/tram train between East Didsbury and Stockport was being worked upon and discussions had taken place with Transport for Greater Manchester regarding the ambition for a Metrolink connection between Manchester and Marple. A Restoring Your Railways bid for development funding was being planned which would include Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne and Marple via the proposed Reddish Curve as potential heavy rail/Metrolink/tram train routes.

·         With regard to performance indicator E&R3.1 regarding the number of ‘Kickstart’ jobs created through the Council’s partnership with the Growth Company, a Member felt that the target of 30 should be higher. Members requested that a report be submitted to a future meeting of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Responding To Our Medium Term Financial Plan - Update Following The 2020 Spending Review pdf icon PDF 426 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The update will build on the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) Update report presented to the Cabinet meeting in October to ensure the MTFP forecasts and assumptions continue to be robust and based on the latest information. This will include an update on the financial impact of announcements made since October including:

 

·         The ongoing national and local response to the COVID19 pandemic; and

·         The Government’s 2020 Spending Review.

 

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

 

Officer contact: Michael Cullen on 0161 474 4631 or email: michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive (copies of which had been circulated) building upon the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) Update report presented to the Cabinet meeting in October to ensure the MTFP forecasts and assumptions continued to be robust and based on the latest information.

 

The report included an update on the financial impact of announcements made since October including the ongoing national and local response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Government’s 2020 Spending Review.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Resources & Governance (Councillor Tom McGee) and the Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The following comments were made/issues raised:-

 

·         The Council’s savings proposals for 2021/22 appeared manageable and concern was expressed that more far reaching savings requirements would be put forward for 2022/23.

·         Further guidance was expected from the Government on the use of Brexit reserves and a decision would be made on the use of the fund once the guidance had been received.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

7.

Getting Building Fund pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive, and the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report provides an update on the Government’s Getting Build Fund, those projects which have been successfully allocated funding and their fit to wider strategy.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to note the content and comment on the report and recommendations as appropriate.

 

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

 

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) & Deputy Chief Executive and the Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate and Support Services) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) providing an update on the Government’s Getting Building Fund, those projects which had been successfully allocated funding and their fit to wider strategy.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

8.

Acquisition 80, 80a, 82, 82a Wellington Road South Compulsory Purchase Order Resolution pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report sets out a proposal for the Council to acquire compulsorily land and existing rights and interests where agreement cannot be reached to implement a highway and public realm scheme at the junction of Wellington Road South and Railway Road.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to comment on the report.

 

Officer Contacts: Mark Glynn/Sue Stevenson on 0161 474 3700/4351 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk/sue.stevenson@stockport,gov.uk

 

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Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out a proposal for the Council to acquire land compulsorily and existing rights and interests where agreement cannot be reached to implement a highway and public realm scheme at the junction of Wellington Road South and Railway Road, Stockport.

 

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

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

9.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance).                                                          

 

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

 

 

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Minutes:

A representative of the strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out the planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and any relevant Forward Plan items.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

Items 'Not for Publication'

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10.

BHS - Redevelopment Proposals pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive, and Corporate Director (Corporate ansd support Services)

 

The report seeks approval for the redevelopment of the former BHS store, acquired by the Council, into three units, with new public realm to provide grade level access to the front of the store, a rear access leading to a first floor unit and a new shopfront.

 

(NOTE: The report contains ‘not for publication’ appendices that have been circulated to Members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

The Scrutiny Committee in invited to note the content and comment on the report and recommendations as appropriate.

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) & Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director (Corporate and support Services) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) seeking approval for the redevelopment of the former BHS store, acquired by the Council, into three units, with new public realm to provide grade level access to the front of the store, a rear access leading to a first floor unit and a new shopfront.

 

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

 

(NOTE: The report contained ‘not for publication’ appendices that had been circulated to Members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

11.

Former Ritz Cinema Car Park and former Greenhale House Disposal pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report sets out and summarises the marketing campaigns that have recently concluded on two key town centre development sites at the former Ritz Cinema car park and the former Greenhale House site. The Cabinet would be recommended to approve the disposal of the two sites.

 

(NOTE: The report contains ‘not for publication’ appendices that have been circulated to Members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to note the content and comment on the report and recommendations as appropriate.

 

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out and summarising the marketing campaign that had recently concluded on two key town centre development sites at the former Ritz Cinema car park and the former Greenhale House site.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration (Councillor David Meller) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

(NOTE: The report contained ‘not for publication’ appendices that had been circulated to Members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.