Agenda and minutes

Cultural & Economic Committee
Monday, 3rd September, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1HD.

Contact: Committee officer  01525 631920 & Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

121/CE

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received and were accepted from Councillor C Chambers (substituted by Councillor A Dodwell) and Councillor D Bowater (substituted by Councillor R Berry).

122/CE

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

(i)     Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

 

(ii)   Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).

Minutes:

Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.   No declarations were made

123/CE

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

To receive questions and statements from members of the public in respect of any item of business included in the agenda, as provided for in Standing Order No.s 1(f) and 1(h).

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

124/CE

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Cultural and Economic Services Committee meetings held on 13 June 2018 and on 23 July 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the previous committee meetings held on 13 June 2018 and 23 July 2018.

 

Minute reference 113/CE point b: it was noted that the £500 contribution would no longer be required for the purchase of a sixth community defibrillator.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Cultural and Economic Services Committee held on 12 June 2018 and 23 July  2018 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

125/CE

SUB-COMMITTEE AND TASK GROUP MINUTES pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To receive the draft minutes of the Market Sub-Committee meeting held on 16 August 2018 (attached) and to consider any recommendations contained therein.

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the Market Sub-Committee meeting held on the 16 August 2018 for consideration.

 

RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Market Sub-Committee meeting held on 16 August 2018.

 

126/CE

TOWN CENTRE WI-FI pdf icon PDF 96 KB

By invitation, to receive a presentation on town centre wi-fi by Mr L Baldock of Elephant Wi-Fi.

 

To receive a report on town centre Wi-Fi (attached) and consider the recommendations therein.

Minutes:

 

By invitation, Mr L Baldock of Elephant Wi-Fi gave a presentation to the Committee on town centre wi-fi, the aim being to help Members gain further detail and decide whether to pursue its delivery.

 

The Committee raised questions regarding the cost of installation, licence and support costs and where the access points would be located.  The cost of installation would be approximately £3000 per access point and the licence and support would be £30 per month for each access point.  The access points would be located on lamp posts or CCTV posts and the wi-fi would cover approximately 500 users from one access point.

 

RESOLVED to instruct officers to investigate further the potential for delivery of town centrre Wi-Fi provision for future Committee consideration.

127/CE

ROTARY CLUB OF LEIGHTON LINSLADE pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive a report on the 30-year anniversary of the Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade (attached) and consider the recommendations therein.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and considered  a request for funding for the 30-year anniversary of the May Day Fayre in 2019, organised by the  Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade. Following discussion the Committee agreed to provide a contribution to this event of £2,500.

 

RESOLVED to endorse the one-off contribution of £2,500 from earmarked reserves (970/9057) for the Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade’s 30th May Fayre celebrations on 6 May 2019.

128/CE

BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To receive a report (attached) on the evaluation of the Business Networking Event and consider the recommendation contained therein.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and considered a report on the evaluation of the Business Networking Event to continue the funding level for the coming three years with a target sponsorship amount per year to contribute towards the cost of hosting the event.

 

RESOLVED to –

 

1.1       note the report and its findings over the previous three years.

1.2       endorse the 3 year plan for the event thus maintaining its current level of funding, £2000, (101/4510) and sponsorship model.

129/CE

TEENAGE ADVICE AND INFORMATION CENTRE pdf icon PDF 176 KB

To receive an update report (attached) regarding TACTIC and to consider the recommendation/s contained therein.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received  and considered a report to update members of work undertaken at TACTIC during May, June and July 2018 including the Youth Work Programme, staffing and youth counselling.

 

Members were advised that talks were on-going with CHUMS regarding youth counselling as RELATE would no longer be able to provide the service and the money paid to RELATE would be reimbursed to the Town Council.

 

A question was raised regarding the decline in attendance at TACTIC of the 16 years and over age group.  This was attributed to the natural ebb and flow of young people using the centre and that the older age group preferred  one-to-ones rather than activity based events which the younger children favoured.

 

RESOLVED to -

 

1.1       note the report

1.2       endorse proposed staff recruitment and counselling service contract.

1.3       endorse the refreshed delivery plan to cover the next two-year period, 2018/19 to 2019/20.

 

130/CE

YOUTH PROMISE GRANT FUND pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To receive a verbal update on the grant scheme and consider applications if any received (to follow).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received summaries for 3 applications received for the Youth Promise Grant. 

 

Representatives from the three organisations attended the meeting and answered questions from the Committee in support of their applications. A number of views were expressed and the applications were assessed in terms of meeting criteria, benefit to the Youth organisations now and in the future and financial need. 

 

 

Organisation

Purpose of grant

Amount

Outcome

Leighton Buzzard Athletics Club

To improve the quality of the training facility/experience and increase membership for athletes age 9 and above.

£30,000

Approved

Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club

To expand the Junior rugby academy and retain current membership levels and to deliver additional hours training for volunteers, kit and uniforms.

£18,000

Approved

Naval Cadets Corps/TS Ocean

To improve volunteer skills and training, update and enhance kit and equipment

£10,273.34

Approved

 

 

RESOLVED to approve Youth Promise Grant funding amounting to £58273.34 to three applicants (as above). 

131/CE

PIGEON MANAGEMENT

To receive a report (to follow) and consider the recommendations contained therein.

Minutes:

The Members were advised this report would be brought back to Committee at a later date as investigations were still on going as to the best solution for pigeon management.           

132/CE

ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING SCHEME pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive a report (attached) and consider the recommendaions contained therein.

Minutes:

The Committee received and considered a report regarding the electrical contractor for the Architectural Lighting Scheme and who would provide the best value for money.  It was also suggested that the Contractor working on the market electrics and Christmas lights be approached.

 

RESOLVED to endorse Contractor D to undertake the electrical installation works for the Architectural Lighting Scheme.

133/CE

MARKET TOWN REGENERATION FUNDED PROJECTS UPDATES

To receive a verbal update on the electronic variable signage project.

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update on the variable signage project and advised that the installation date would likely be April 2019.  Concerns were raised regarding timescales for delivery of the electronic variable signage and that the warranty would have expired before delivery and installation had occurred.  It was agreed that officers should write a letter to Central Bedfordshire Council to re-iterate these concerns and request that Central Bedfordshire Council pay to extend the warranty for the signs.

 

Work had taken place on shop fronts under the High Street Improvement Scheme but some adjustments were still needed.  The Committee agreed that on the whole the completed work had enhanced the shops involved.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

134/CE

COMMITTEE WORK PLAN & OBJECTIVES pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To receive the Committee objectives and work plan for 2018-2019 (based on the Town council Three Year Plan)(attached).

Minutes:

The Committee received the Committee objectives and work plan for the current year, in accordance with the Town Council’s Three year plan. 

 

It was noted that the town centre Wi-Fi, pigeon management, an events update and the Best Bar None evaluation would be included in the next meeting on the 15th October together with any Youth Promise Grant applications received.

 

RESOLVED to note the Committee objectives and work plan for 2018-2019.

135/CE

BUDGET REPORTS pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To receive a report and consider recommendations therein (attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a budget update report for the revenue budget and earmarked reserves.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.