Agenda and draft minutes

Partnership Committee
Thursday, 11th April, 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

264/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 the Town Clerk, Councillor B Spurr (substituted by Councillor G Perham) and Councillor E Wallace (substituted by Councillor A Brandham)

265/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

266/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.

267/LLP

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 7 February 2019.

Minutes:

The Committee received the draft minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 7 February 2019.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Partnership Committee meeting held on 7 February 2019 be approved as a correct record and be signed accordingly. 

268/LLP

PROVISION OF TOWN CENTRE ACCESS INFORMATION

To receive and consider a presentation from Ms Harding, of Central Bedfordshire Council and Ms Dyton Partnerships Manager of AccessAble re provision of Town Centre Access Information.

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal presentation from Ms Harding of Central Bedfordshire Council and Ms Dyton, Partnerships Manager of AccessAble regarding provision of Town Centre Access information.  AccessAble provide factual information on their website to empower disabled people to be able to live their life to the full and access all their community has to offer, by providing essential detailed accessibility information. The website gives facts, figures and photographs and is user driven and free to use providing the detail required by each individual user.  An easy read option is available and a recite tool for people with reduced eyesight.  The information can also be accessed via a mobile app and guides can be saved within this app. 

 

Guides for Leighton Buzzard have been prepared and detail areas in the High Street, Market Cross area, Church Square and High Street Mews showing parking bays, public transport, dropped kerbs, condition and width of pavements, slopes, obstruction on pavements such as A boards and cycle racks, seating areas,  surfaces of roads and pavements and toilets.

 

A question was raised asking if the information was accessible on Central Bedfordshire Council website via a link to enable more people to find and access it.  The information given was updated regularly either from user comments or after a review, the next one being October 2019. 

 

Members of the Committee thanked both Ms Dyton of AccessAble and Ms Harding of Central Bedfordshire Council for their excellent detailed presentation.

           

RESOLVED to note the information.

269/LLP

LEIGHTON-LINSLADE SPORTS COUNCIL - WELLBEING, SPORTS AND HEALTH

To receive and consider a presentation from Mr Fletcher and Mr Cornell, of Leighton-Linslade Sports Council.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Mr Fletcher and Mr Cornell of Leighton-Linslade Sports Council who work to actively promote, influence and educate organisations to promote sport in the area. 

 

Sixteen local clubs have joined the Sports Council enabling them to achieve promotion of their sport in the local area.  The aim was to develop a ‘Community Sports Hub’ and work with the schools and clubs to improve participation in sport in Leighton Buzzard.

 

Members suggested approaching TACTIC and home schooled children to try and re-engage these young people in sport without being part of the school system and Sarah Hughes, Central Bedfordshire Council, offered to set up a meeting between Leighton-Linslade Sports Council and Leisure colleagues from Central Bedfordshire Council to discuss input to a leisure strategy.

 

The Committee thanked Mr Fletcher and Mr Cornell for their work for Sport in Leighton-Linslade and the informative presentation.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

           

270/LLP

DISABILITY SPORT - 'YES WE CAN' PROJECT - ROTARY CLUB OF LEIGHTON LINSLADE

To receive and consider a presentation from Mr Johnson OBE and members of the Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade re the ‘Yes We Can’ youth disability sport initiative.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Mr Johnson and members of the Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade regarding the ‘Yes We Can’ youth disability sport initiative outlining the progress made with the scheme over the last year. 

 

The programme provided affordable and sustainable sporting opportunities for the disabled community which included football, archery, tennis, bowls, hockey and recently added Spectrum Community Arts with dance and drama.

 

The aim would be to make Leighton-Linslade a centre of excellence for Disability Sport for young people and adults alike.  A multi-sports summer camp was offered last year for three Fridays in August with twelve participants at each session organised with MK Dons.  These days proved to be very successful and were supported with great enthusiasm by the participants and their families alike. 

 

The Committee all agreed the programme was a great asset to sport in Leighton-Linslade and hoped to see it grow and continue in the next few years.  Thanks were given to the excellent presentation and for the work being done to provide this opportunity for the community.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

271/LLP

COMMUNITY FORUM UPDATE

To receive a report from the Community Forum steering group and consider recommendations therein (to follow).

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from Tricia Humber confirming information was still being gathered from the Highways analysis and an update would be brought to the meeting in June 2019.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

272/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 confirming the group were working towards the Business Networking Event due to be held on 24th April 2019 with 124 signed up to attend. 

 

A question was raised by LB First regarding when the requested data regarding parking would be received.  It was confirmed this was being worked on at present and would be added to the agenda for the next meeting. 

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

273/LLP

JOINT COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To receive final draft on the proposed revised Terms of Reference for Committee, arising from Central Bedfordshire Council’s review of the Joint Committees and consider the recommendations therein.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Sarah Hughes, Central Bedfordshire Council, gave apologies for Councillor Stock being unable to attend tonight’s meeting but the Final Version of the Joint Terms of Reference had been circulated to all members to consider before the meeting.  The Committee agreed to recommend to Full Council at the next meeting on 24 July 2019.

 

 RECOMMEND to Council to approve the Joint Terms of Reference as set out in the final version document.

274/LLP

CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 475 KB

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

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, 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 information.

275/LLP

STANDING ITEMS

To receive verbal updates:

 

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

(b)       Taxis

(c)        Antisocial behaviour & Homelessness

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

Minutes:

(a)       Enabling Delivery in L-L – a bid under Future for the High Street Fund would be made but the process was very competitive.  Councillor Palmer reiterated his thoughts from the last meeting to look at the possibility of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan for this area.  With the increased housing in Leighton-Linslade there would be a need for facilities for young people and families moving into the area.  A question was raised regarding the S106 money being used for town centre enhancement and members felt answers were needed regarding this to move forward.  Sarah Hughes confirmed she would follow this up with colleagues at Central Bedfordshire Council before the next meeting.

 

(b)       Taxis – enforcement had been stepped up regarding the number of taxis parking in the area but the search for a suitable solution was still in progress and would be brought back to the June meeting.

 

(c)        Anti-social behaviour & Homelessness – no update.

 

(d)       Market Town Regeneration Fund – all electronic signage had now been installed but there was an on-going issue with the sign on the by-pass which needed to be resolved.  Liaison with building owners was underway for the architectural lighting scheme.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

 

276/LLP

COMMITTEE OBJECTIVES AND WORK PLAN pdf icon PDF 107 KB

a. To receive the Committee objectives and work plan for 2018-2019

    (attached).

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

     (to follow).

Minutes:

The listings for the new work plan 2019 -2020 were still in progress, to be brought back to the next meeting.

 

The data requested for the car parking was still outstanding but members strongly agreed this should be brought back to the next meeting. Sarah Hughes would relay this to the correct authority at Central Bedfordshire Council.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

277/LLP

BUDGET REPORT pdf icon PDF 12 KB

To receive nine-month financial accounts budget report (attached).

Minutes:

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

 

RESOLVED to note the report.