Agenda and minutes

Partnership Committee
Thursday, 6th June, 2019 7.30 pm

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

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

Items
No. Item

1/LLP

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor T Morris be appointed Chair of the Committee for 2019-2020. There were no further nominations.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor T Morris Chair of the Leighton-Linslade Partnership Committee for 2019-2020.

 

Councillor Morris took the Chair.

2/LLP

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIR

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor B Spurr be appointed Vice Chair of the Committee for 2019-2020. There were no further nominations.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor B Spurr Vice-Chair of the Leighton-Linslade Partnership Committee for 2019-2020.

3/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 R Berry and Jo Borthwick, Central Bedfordshire Council.

4/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.

 

Councillor V Harvey declared an interest in the item regarding item 7 the Green Wheel Masterplan as a member of South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth.

5/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 3(f) and 3(g).

Minutes:

A question was raised by Phil Curtis, business owner, asking whether the Terms of Reference had been finalised and whether he could be co-opted onto the Committee and join the table.  Sarah Hughes from Central Bedfordshire Council checked the Terms of Reference and it was confirmed he could join the table as a non-voting member.

 

6/LLP

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 11 April 2019.

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 11 April 2019.

 

Item ref 269/LLP – Leighton-Linslade Sports Council – Wellbeing, Sports and Health, Sarah Hughes confirmed a meeting had been organised between the Leighton-Linslade Sports Council and Leisure colleagues from Central Bedfordshire Council.

 

Item ref 274/LLP – Central Bedfordshire Update – it was confirmed a meeting had been held to discuss car parking data and the possibility of implementing free parking on a Wednesday in Leighton-Linslade.  A question was raised regarding the Central Bedfordshire Council survey on car parking in the town and the conclusion that the number of car parks were adequate.  Officers from Central Bedfordshire would be invited to a meeting of Partnership Committee to discuss this further.

 

Item ref 275/LLP – Standing Items – it was confirmed that projects for town centre improvements in Bell Alley and relocation of the Christmas tree using S106 money were going through initial stages at present to commence as planned.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 11 April 2019 be approved as a correct record and be signed accordingly. 

 

7/LLP

GREEN WHEEL MASTERPLAN

To receive a presentation on the development of a Green Wheel Masterplan for Leighton-Linslade from Mr Balaam of The Greensand Trust.

Minutes:

The Committee received and considered a presentation from Mr J Balaam of the Greensand Trust on the development of the Green Wheel Masterplan for Leighton-Linslade. 

 

The Green Wheel Masterplan would provide a document setting out access to green spaces encouraging walking and bike riding.  The Inner Wheel was nearly complete and would be ready to sign within the next few weeks and planning of the Outer Wheel was on-going. 

 

A question was raised regarding the safety aspect of the Green Wheel for cyclists when on roads and how the cycle path would be signposted and separated.  It was confirmed that safety was a core component of the Green Wheel and every consideration would be examined to ensure safety.

 

The Committee were asked to add their support to the Green Wheel and to a consultation to raise awareness of the project. 

 

RESOLVED to provide support and raise awareness for carrying out a period of consultation for the development of The Green Wheel Masterplan.

8/LLP

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS

To receive a presentation on the recent Business to Business Event.

Minutes:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

9/LLP

TAXIS pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To receive a report from Ms Borthwick, Public Protection, of Licencing, Central Bedfordshire Council on town centre taxis and consider the recommendations therein.

Minutes:

An update was given by Sarah Hughes, Central Bedfordshire Council, as Ms Borthwick was unable to attend the meeting.  Central Bedfordshire Council were asked to identify alternative potential locations for the taxi rank in Leighton-Linslade.  Three potential locations had been identified -

 

(a)       North Street

(b)       Lake Street

(c)        Church Square

 

After discussion the Committee agreed that North Street would be the preferred option with Lake Street as a second choice and strongly reiterated the need for progress with this and the need for a consultation so it can move forward as quickly as possible.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

 

10/LLP

COMMUNITY FORUM UPDATE pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive a report from the Community Forum steering group on the May 2018 Highways public event and consider recommendations therein.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from Tricia Humber, Community Forum Steering Group, on the May 2018 Highways public event.   The problems highlighted from the event included congestion, potholes, school traffic, parking and obstructions.

 

The Committee agreed that a response was needed by Highways to move forward and Highways Officers should be invited to attend a Partnership Meeting to provide a report on the findings.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

11/LLP

BUSINESS SUPPORT UPDATES

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

Minutes:

The Committee received a brief update from LB Connect, members of which were reporting good business, and from LB First, which was focussed on preparations for this year’s Independents’ Day on Saturday 6 July.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

12/LLP

STANDING ITEMS

To receive verbal updates:

 

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

(b)       Market Town Regeneration Fund (MTRF & HSIS)

 

Minutes:

(a)       Enabling Delivery in Leighton-Linslade – a question was raised regarding the feasibility of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan for the Town Centre and what information would be needed to achieve this. The progress of the development of the Land South of the High Street was unclear and it was felt exchange of information with Central Bedfordshire Council was needed and that Town Council and the community should be kept informed of strategic plans and timescales. 

 

The Town Clerk suggested a report be presented to Planning and Transport Committee to employ an Independent Planning Consultant to give advice on producing a Neighbourhood Plan before presenting to the Policy and Finance Committee.

 

RECOMMENDED to the Planning & Transport Committee to consider the appointment of an Independent Planning Consultant to review the possible merit of creation of a Neighbourhood Plan.                                                                              

(b)       Market Town Regeneration Fund – the Committee were informed the Architectural Lighting was making progress with All Saints Church being the nearest to completion.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

13/LLP

COMMITTEE OBJECTIVES AND WORK PLAN pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To receive the Committee objectives and work plan for 2019 - 2020

(attached).

Minutes:

The Committee received and gave consideration to the objectives and work plan for the municipal year 2019-2020.

 

The Committee requested that some amendments be made to the workplan as follows –

 

(a)       LSHS/Westlands update scheduled for the November meeting be brought forward to the September meeting subject to officers availability

(b)       Highways Officers be invited to the November meeting, if possible, to provide a report and answer questions from the Highways Public Event held in May 2018.

(c)        Green Wheel Masterplan be added to the September meeting

(d)       Homelessness/Black Horse and Foodbanks be added to the work plan and Central Bedfordshire Officers invited to give an update.

(e)       Change in the Education System from 3 tier and 2 tier system and decision made by schools

(f)        Health review to be added to the work plan.

(g)       Car parking data to be added to the work plan.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

14/LLP

BUDGET REPORT pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To receive and note a Committee budget update report (attached).

Minutes:

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

 

RESOLVED to note the report.