Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Overview Working Group
Thursday, 4th September, 2014 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Items
No. Item

5.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.

Minutes:

Apologies of absence were received from Councillor Simon Carter.

6.

Declarations of Interest

To receive Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2014.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2014 are agreed as a correct record.

8.

Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

9.

Future of the Town Centre Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Overview Working Group received a scoping report from the Head of Regeneration on a review of the future of the Town Centre. Maps showing the ownership of property in the Town Centre (divided into public and private ownership) were also presented (appended to these minutes).

 

The Overview Working Group asked that data on rent levels at similar Councils (including Stevenage, Basildon and Chelmsford) be included on the written evidence section, for comparative purposes.

 

RESOLVED that the scoping report on the Future of the Town Centre is agreed, subject to the addition of comparative rent data in the written evidence section.

10.

Community Based Assets Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Minutes:

The Overview Working Group received a scoping report from the Head of Regeneration on a review of community based assets.

 

RESOLVED that the scoping report on the Review of Community Based Assets is agreed.

11.

Work Plan 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 20 KB

To review the Overview Working Group’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

The Overview Working Group received a report that outlined its work plan for the current year.

 

Jane Greer, Regeneration and Development Manager, suggested that the item Future of the Town Centre – Part 2 could be moved from the meeting of 27 November 2014 to the meeting of 12 March 2015 as there will be more findings to report and external witnesses will be able to attend.

 

The Overview Working Group noted that Cabinet would receive its request for additional work plan items (including the Review of Housing Works Packages and M11 Junction 7a) at the Cabinet meeting on 11 September 2014. Andrew Murray, Head of Housing, recommended that the Review of Housing Works Packages 2015/16 be programmed in for the meeting 12 March 2015, subject to Cabinet’s agreement.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Future of Town Centre – Part 2 is allocated to the meeting of 12 March 2015.

 

B    Subject to Cabinet agreement, Housing Works Packages 2015/16 will be allocated to the meeting of 12 March 2015.

12.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.