Agenda and minutes

Cultural & Economic Committee - Monday, 15th October, 2018 7.30 pm

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

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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.


Apologies for absence had been received and were accepted from Councillor C Chambers.



(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).


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 J M Freeman declared an interest as a member of the Carnival Committee, Councillor  D Bowater declared an interest as a member of the Rotary Club and Councillor F Kharawala as knowing one applicant for the Youth Promise Grant.



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).


There were no questions from the public.



To consider and determine application/s for Youth Promise grants.



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The Committee received summaries for three applications  received for the Youth Promise Grant.  The remaining money available in the Youth Promise Grant fund totalled £29,541.64 which was £14,332.46 less than requested by the three organisations. 


After discussions with the representatives of the three organisations the Committee decided it’s intention to support all three applications and considered the fairest way of distributing this money would be to ask each group to resubmit their targets to ensure they could achieve their goals on a reduced grant.



Purpose of grant



1st Leighton Buzzard Scout Group




Resubmit showing reduced budget amount and amended targets.


Leighton Buzzard Fire Cadets

Equipment and staff



Resubmit showing reduced budget amount and amended targets.


Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club




Resubmit showing reduced budget amount and amended targets.



RESOLVED to reduce bids by the appropriate percentage so an even reduction could be achieved and each group resubmit their targets within a two week time frame from the date of Committee.  The Committee delegated responsibility to the Town Clerk in consultation with the Chair of the Cultural and Economic Committee to reassess the applications and agree grants to be offered.





(a)  To receive a report regarding the 2018 events programme.


(b)  To receive a report regarding future events and budget and to consider the recommendation/s contained therein.


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The Committee received a progress report on community events including the Canal Festival, Band Concerts, Living History Day and the up and coming preparations for the Christmas Festival Weekend.


The Canal Festival had been a success and great advert for the town with approx 100 traders, 20 demonstrators and 35 boats attending.  The dog show was cancelled due to the heat experienced on the run up to the event but an on-line version of the dog show took place and proved popular.  Living History Day received good feedback despite the wet weather with positive comments on social media and from the demonstrators. 


The Committee wanted to thank the Events Team and the Officers for their hard work especially in the weather conditions on Living History Day.


RESOLVED to note the report.


The Committee received an events review to consider developments to the events programme for 2019.  The Committee discussed and considered options for the introduction and/or enhancement of events including extension of the Canal Festival to 8.00 pm to provide music and food stalls in the Paddocks area, a Proms in the Park evening in Parsons Close to co-incide with the BBC broadcast of Last Night in the Proms which would be shown on a big screen with a 5 minute pyrotechnic display at the end.  Also a suggestion of a Young Persons live TV Broadcast aimed at the 18-25 age group in Parsons Close to try and reach a different target audience.


RESOLVED to enhance the events programme with additional time and expenditure at Canal Festival, Band Concerts & Live TV Screening in financial years 2019/20, 2020/21 & 2021/2022 utilising a proportion of Earmarked Reserves (970/9057) annually. To review these changes after the first year before continuing for the remaining two years. 




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To receive a report regarding the Best Bar None initiative and to consider the recommendation/s contained therein.

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The Committee received an update on the Best Bar None Scheme which was a programme to improve standards within licensed premises by offering training for Licensees towards good and safe management practices within their premises. An evaluation would be circulated showing how the scheme influenced good practise in licensed venues and joint working with other groups such as Pub Watch and the Police to ensure a safer environment. 




1.1       note the report

1.2       confirm the Town Council’s intent in continuing the delivery of the scheme for a further year and that it expands to include the towns, Biggleswade and Sandy.

1.3       Confirm that the Town Council would continue to provide line management for the Best Bar None Coordinator on behalf of scheme partners.

1.4       Set aside the sum of £1,000 from earmarked reserves, Economic Development (970/9018), as the Town Council’s contribution to the delivery cost of the scheme.