Agenda and minutes

Partnership Committee
Thursday, 15th February, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HD

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

Items
No. Item

185/LLP

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 were received and accepted from Councillor B Walker (substituted by Councillor G Perham) and Councillor F Kharawala (substituted by Councillor R Berry).

186/LLP

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 and no dispensations had been requested.

187/LLP

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC (3 minutes per person; maximum 15 minutes)

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:

No questions from members of the public.

188/LLP

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 30 November 2017 (attached). 

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 30 November 2017.

 

Minute reference 180/LLP: an update was given informing the Committee the Review of Joint Committees was still under discussion by Central Bedfordshire Council and a further update would be given at the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 30 November 2017 be approved as a correct record and be signed accordingly. 

189/LLP

ENABLING DELIVERY IN LEIGHTON-LINSLADE pdf icon PDF 2 MB

(a)       Enabling Delivery in L-L (Land South of the High Street)

(b)       Taxis

(c)        Market Town Regeneration Fund (MTRF)

(d)       Antisocial behaviour & Homelessness

Minutes:

Sarah Hughes Community Engagement Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council informed the Committee that she is exploring availability of Jason Longhurst to attend the meeting on 26 April 2018, to provide an update regarding the potential development of the south side of the High Street.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

190/LLP

TAXIS pdf icon PDF 704 KB

To receive and note an information report from Central Bedfordshire Council on matters affecting the locality (to follow).

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update in respect of taxis in the town centre.

Concerns were raised regarding the number of taxis parking outside of the designated taxi rank in the town centre and the length of time taken to reach a solution to this problem.  It was suggested a letter be written to Central Bedfordshire Council and a consultation started with the taxi companies to try and solve this problem.  The consultation should be focussed on the taxis parking at the rear of Iceland and agreeing with the shops involved how this could work with deliveries to their stores and access to the multi-storey car park. 

 

A position has been reached regarding taxi parking on the opposite side of the road to the taxi rank on a Market Day to enable stalls to be erected in that space.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

191/LLP

MARKET TOWN REGENERATION FUND pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive and consider the Committee objectives and work plan for 2017-2018 (attached).

Minutes:

The Committee received a brief verbal update in respect of the three projects approved for funding through the Market Towns Regeneration Fund: the market relaunch, architectural uplighting and electronic signage.  A total of five shops had signed up for improvements to their shop fronts under the High Street Improvement Scheme and work was due to start late February/early March. 

 

Concerns were raised regarding the general maintenance in the town and the Committee members requested a letter from Leighton-Linslade Town Council be written requesting repairs and maintenance to be carried out.  The Town Clerk confirmed an officer from Central Bedfordshire Council had agreed to visit the Old Fires Station (Pizza Express) to see the condition of the building and it was hoped at this time other issues could be raised with him regarding broken paving and general lack of maintenance in the town centre.

 

An update was also given to the Committee regarding the Electronic Signage, Architectural Lighting Projects and the progress of the Market Relaunch.  All were progressing and sites have been identified for the electronic signage and the architectural lighting.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

192/LLP

ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND HOMELESSNESS

To receive updates, if appropriate, from LB First and LB Connect (verbal).

Minutes:

M Westerby and T Keaveney were unable to attend the meeting so a report would be given to the next meeting on the 26 April 2018.

193/LLP

COMMITTEE OBJECTIVES AND WORKPLAN

To receive a verbal update form the Community Forum steering group (verbal).

Minutes:

The Committee received and gave consideration to the objectives and work plan for the municipal year 2017-2018.  The Anti-Social Behaviour and Homelessness presentation to be rescheduled for the next meeting of the Committee on 26 April 2018.  Also the Business Support report would be deferred until the meeting on 26 April 2018 following a Central Bedfordshire Council review of the service offer. 

 

It was agreed to remove Purple Flag from the Work Plan and add a section regarding NEET young people (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and adults in the town and how to address this.  This would be drafted before the next meeting on 26 April 2018.

           

RESOLVED to note the report.

194/LLP

CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To receive a Committee budget monitoring report and consider any recommendation/s contained therein (attached).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an update report from Central Bedfordshire Council on matters relating to the parish, including information in respect of social care, health and housing, crime figures, antisocial behaviour, business rates, car parking, transport matters, community services, Billington Gypsy & Traveller Project, waste, schools, public health  and services for young people. 

 

The Committee thanked Sarah Hughes, Community Engagement Officer CBC, for her full and clear report.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

 

195/LLP

BUSINESS GROUPS UPDATES

Minutes:

The Committee received a brief update from B Chandler, Chair of the LB Connect business networking group. A Networking Evening would be held on 23 April 2018 from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm at the Golf Club.  All members would be welcome.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

 

G Borelli of LB First raised concerns regarding –

 

(a)       The amount of roadworks in the town and the timing of these works.

(b)       The ongoing issues with the multi-storey car park and the high minimum charge and no change being given. 

(c)        The amendment to bus routes and the effect this may have on business within the town.

 

The Committee agreed a representative from the Highways Department should be invited to a meeting of the Committee to provide relevant data and statistics of the multi-storey car park and also an invitation should be extended to Arriva Bus Company to attend a meeting for clarification on changing bus routes.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

196/LLP

COMMUNITY FORUM UPDATE

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from the Community Forum Steering Group.  The Steering Group meeting is scheduled for the 5 May at the Theatre in the Library from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.  This would be publicised on the website and on social media. 

           

RESOLVED to note the information.

 

197/LLP

BUDGET REPORTS

Minutes:

The Committee received a brief report regarding the current year budget to date.

 

            RESOLVED to –

 

(i)         note the report

(ii)        carry forward unspent Community Forum delivery budget funds of £500 into 2018/2019, Earmarked Reserves.

 

 

The meeting closed at 2151 hours.

 

I HEREBY CONFIRM THAT THIS IS A TRUE AND ACCURATE RECORD OF THE MEETING HELD ON 15 FEBRUARY 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Chair                                                                                                  3 MAY 2018