Agenda and minutes

Partnership Committee
Thursday, 3rd May, 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

198/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 Wallace (substituted by Councillor Berry), Councillor Kharawala (substituted by Councillor Bowater), Councillor Walker (substituted by Councillor G Perham), Mark Saccoccio, Bob Chandler and Tricia Humber.

199/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.

 

200/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.

 

 

201/LLP

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 15 February 2018 (attached). 

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 15 February 2018.

 

Minute reference 189/LLP Enabling Delivery in Leighton-Linslade: the Committee were informed that Jason Longhurst was unable to attend tonight’s meeting but Sarah Hughes would be exploring his availability at the next meeting on the 7 June.

 

Minute reference 190/LLP Taxis: it was confirmed to the Committee that a letter had been written to Councillor Dalgarno from Central Bedfordshire Council and response awaited.

 

Minute reference 191/LLP Market Town Regeneration Fund: it was confirmed to the Committee that a letter had been written to Central Bedfordshire Council with reference to the High Street Improvement Scheme (HSIS) and response would be distributed post meeting one received.

 

Minute reference 192/LLP Antisocial Behaviour and Homelessness: a question was raised regarding a report being given to the Committee at today’s meeting.  The Committee were informed this had been postponed due to sickness and rescheduled to a later meeting.

 

Minute reference 194/LLP Central Bedfordshire Council Update Report: the Committee were informed a typing error ‘Counicl’ would be corrected to ‘Council’.

 

Minute reference 195/LLP Business Group Updates: a question was raised regarding the attendance of a member of the Highways Department to provide data and statistics for the multi-storey car park.  Sarah Hughes, Community Engagement Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council, informed the Committee that data could be provided but the Highways Department could not send a representative until the April 2019 Partnership Committee Meeting.  The statistics that could be provided by the Parking Team are –

 

           How many visitors to the car park

           How much has been paid

           How many were subscribers

           How payment was being made

           Dates and times of usage in the car park

 

           A review of the Duncombe Drive car park, free after 13.30 scheme

 

It was noted that Duncombe Drive car park continued the scheme providing free parking after 13.30 on a Wednesday only.

 

The Committee were also asked if any updates had been given by Arriva Bus Company on changing bus routes, Sarah Hughes would follow this up for the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 15 February 2018 be approved as a correct record and be signed accordingly. 

 

 

202/LLP

ENABLING DELIVERY IN LEIGHTON-LINSLADE

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

(b)       Taxis

(c)        Market Town Regeneration Fund (MTRF)

(d)       Antisocial behaviour & Homelessness

(e)       Joint Committee Review

Minutes:

Sarah Hughes Community Engagement Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council informed the Committee that she is exploring availability of Jason Longhurst to attend a meeting, to provide an update regarding the potential development of the south side of the High Street.  No updates at present.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

203/LLP

MARKET TOWN REGENERATION FUND

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update in respect of the three projects approved for funding through the Market Towns Regeneration Fund: the market relaunch, architectural lighting and electronic signage.

 

Electronic Signage

The first electronic sign had been installed at Leighton Buzzard train station and messages would be added to promote events within the town when required. The remaining signs were awaiting delivery and installation.

 

Architectural Lighting

The Committee were informed that the Town Council surveyor would be progressing the Architectural Lighting Project and the timings for this would be shared at the next meeting. 

 

High Street Improvement Scheme

A total of five shops had signed up for improvements to their shop fronts under the High Street Improvement Scheme and a scheme of work would be provided during the next couple of weeks with an end date of 20th June 2018. It was confirmed that no decision had been made by Central Bedfordshire Council yet regarding an underspend under this scheme, but it was understood that it would be taken to the next Market Town Board Meeting for clarification.

 

A Town Centre User Survey had received 1205 responses from members of the public. The Business Confidence Survey targeted ground floor High Street business and Market Traders and the ground fixings for the market umbrellas had been received and would be installed imminently.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

204/LLP

TAXI RANK IN LEIGHTON BUZZARD

Jo Borthwick, Service Manager Public Protection and Margaret James, Principal Public Protection Officer (Licensing) at Central Bedfordshire Council will attend the meeting to provide information on the taxi rank in Leighton Buzzard.

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the Taxi Rank in Leighton Buzzard from Jo Borthwick, Service Manager Public Protection and Margaret James, Principal Public Protection Officer (licensing).  After lengthy discussion the Committee agreed that proposal 1 be followed up by the Central Bedfordshire Officers and brought back to Committee at the next meeting 7th June with a brief evaluation of proposal 2.

 

RESOLVED to -

 

1.         Review taxi rank moving to the back of Iceland/Poundland outside multi-storey car park between the hours of 10.00 – 18.00 and then to Lake Street from 18.00 – 10.00.

2.         Complete relocation of taxi rank to Lake Street/Church Square/North Street.

3.         Note the information.

205/LLP

BUSINESS GROUPS UPDATES

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

Minutes:

The Committee received a brief update from Gennaro Borelli from LB First and in Bob Chandler’s absence, Chair of LB Connect Business Networking Group, the Head of Cultural and Economic Services provided an update on the Business Networking Event confirming feedback had been positive and businesses would attend again.   A more detailed report would be provided at the next meeting on 7 June.

 

G Borelli of LB First raised concerns regarding the condition of the pavements in and around the town centre and confirmed that LB First supported a petition from the Leighton Buzzard Society asking Central Bedfordshire Council to follow up on the repairs.  Sarah Hughes to take this back to Central Bedfordshire Council. 

 

It was confirmed by Councillor Dodwell that she and other Councillors were meeting with a Highways Custodian tomorrow, 4 May, to inspect what needed improving.  Councillor Dalgarno had been provided with photographs and should be providing an update.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

206/LLP

COMUNITY FORUM UPDATE

To receive a verbal update from the Community Forum steering group.

Minutes:

The Committee were informed that a Community Forum would be held at the library in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 5 May between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon to focus on Highways.  The Highways Team would be attending this event which had been promoted widely using social media, town banners and leaflets.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

207/LLP

COMMUNITY FACILITIES GRANT

To receive a verbal update on the Community Facilities grant.

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update on the Community Facilities Grant.  One application had been received with the potential of two or three more in the pipeline. 

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

208/LLP

COMMITTEE OBJECTIVES AND WORK PLAN pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To receive and consider the DRAFT Committee objectives and work plan for 2018 – 2019 (attached)

Minutes:

The Committee received and gave consideration to the DRAFT objectives and work plan for the municipal year 2018-2019.  The Antisocial Behaviour and Homelessness presentation to be rescheduled to the 7 June meeting and the Business Support item from 7 June meeting to be moved to the 29 November 2018 meeting.

           

RESOLVED to note the report.

209/LLP

BUDGET REPORT pdf icon PDF 13 KB

To receive a 12 month Committee budget financial monitoring report and consider any recommendation/s contained therein (attached).

 

Minutes:

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

           

RESOLVED to

 

(i)         Note the report

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