Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions
Contact: Mark O'Callaghan Democratic Services Officer
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ms Palmer and Thomson. Councillor Ellis was not present.
To receive any declarations of interest by members of the Council in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.
There were no disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests declared at the meeting.
To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18, and which item(s) they wish to speak on.
There were no Visiting Members who had registered as wishing to speak.
To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.
Members reviewed the minutes. No amendments were proposed.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 21 March 2019 be approved as a correct record.
To note the Board’s forward work programme.
Members considered the work programme. No amendments were proposed.
RESOLVED – That the Work Programme as at 28 May be noted.
To consider and provide a recommendation to Cabinet on the proposals set out in the report.
Jeremy Kimmel, Audience Development Manager, introduced the report set out in the agenda. The Guidance was draft for consultation and would come back for approval.
Discussion included the following matters:
· Appointing the Council as a Commissioning Agent was an option for developers rather than an expectation.
· The use of ‘practitioner’ instead of ‘artist’ allows for a broader set of cultural activities.
· There had been work on ‘social prescribing’ in conjunction with University College London (UCL) which was part of the Lottery Activity Plan. This set a framework for communities and developers to have more meaningful engagement around cultural requirements.
· The Guidance had been developed with the Planning Department who helped set the thresholds in line with national planning frameworks to help ensure compliance, it has also been through legal and was based on a Council guidance document use by Maidstone Borough Council.
· The Guidance created the benchmark in terms of S106 funding, dependent on the nature of the development.
· The usual S106 asks, such as Highways, Youth and Adult recreation or Education, would be on top of Public Art so it was in addition to and not to the detriment of other areas.
· Any extra funding for social programmes to combat social isolation would fall within the Public Art category ‘engagements with the community’.
· Kent County Council used to have a dedicated Select Committee on Social Isolation.
· Projects to combat Social Isolation, for example the recent Museum Wellbeing Pilot, were detailed in the Activity Plan and could bid for outside finding.
· Projects funded by S106 would be distinct and complete schemes with the money secured first so there would not be any ongoing financial liabilities for the Council.
RESOLVED – That the recommendations set out in the report be supported.
To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There was no urgent business.
To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Tuesday 09 July 2019 at 6.30pm in Committee Room A, Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.
The next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday 09 July 2019 at 6.30pm in Committee Room A at the Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.