Agenda and minutes

Communities and Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Board - Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 6.30 pm

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COM1/20

Apologies pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

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There were no apologies received.

COM2/20

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 6 KB

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.

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There were no declarations of interest made.

COM3/20

Notification of Visiting Members Wishing to Speak pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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 items they wish to speak on.

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Mr Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of Friends of the Memorial Playing Field Paddock Wood registered to speak on agenda item COM6/20 Five Year Plan Update.

 

Councillors Hamilton and Scott also registered to speak on agenda item COM6/20 Five Year Plan Update.

COM4/20

Minutes of the meeting dated 19 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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.

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Members had the opportunity to review the minutes.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 19 February 2020 be approved as a correct record.

COM5/20

Forward Plan as at 26 October 2020 pdf icon PDF 256 KB

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RESOLVED: That the Forward Plan as at 26 October 2020, be noted.

COM6/20

Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Ms Sue Oliver, Environmental Health Officer introduced her report which outlined the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy 2020 – 2025.

 

Members of the Committee took account of the report and raised a number of questions and issues within their discussions. Points raised included:

·         Members considered the report to be clear and were happy with it.

·         Members were pleased that Citizens Advice Bureau were involved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the Cabinet Advisory Board supports the recommendations in the report.

COM7/20

Five Year Plan Update pdf icon PDF 381 KB

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Mr Paul Taylor, Director of Change and Communities presented his report which considered the current social and economic context that the Council operated in, and how this affected the Council’s ability to strategically plan in the short and medium term. The report set out the thought around how the immediate crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was dealt with and the plans in place to deal with this in the short to medium term (12-24 months); highlighted the remaining plans for delivering out the viable projects within the existing Five Year Plan; set out new future priorities, and considered how the Council could establish an evidence base to support potential future plans or projects.

 

Councillor McDermott reminded Members the report had been written by politicians to help and assist Officers with the future plans of the Council and that all political questions should be relayed to Councillor McDermott and specific Five Year Plan questions to Mr Taylor.

 

Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of Friends of The Memorial Playing Field in Paddock Wood registered to speak and points raised included:

·         That the Friends of the Memorial Playing Field fully support a new Community Centre in Paddock Wood.

·         The residents of Paddock Wood voted in the Parish Poll held on 15 January 2019 that the Memorial Playing Field was not the right site for a new Community Centre.

·         It was asked that the statement 3.10 had the words “on the Memorial Field” removed as that was not correct as no planning application had been submitted to date.

·         It was requested that the Committee found out from Paddock Wood Town Council what their plans are should the planning application fail.

 

Councillor David Scott registered to speak and points raised included:

·         Thanks was given to the officers and the cabinet for the work they had done in preparing this document during the Council’s response to Covid-19 and all that entailed.

·         It was important to Understand and take into account the demographic changes, growth in people, a low share of 19 to 35 year olds, increase of over 65, estimated to reach 25%. Slower growth in house but faster increase in house prices than neighbouring boroughs.

·         The inclusion of Light Electric Vehicles in the plan was welcomed as it was important to have more people into our town centres but not in cars.

·         There was a need to boost the attractiveness of our town centres.

·         The organisation of a Summer festival in Royal Tunbridge Wells and elsewhere in the Borough would help use the broad range of local talent and attract people to local businesses and would lead to a boost in the moral and mood of residents, this could be targeted at 2022 but also 2021 if Covid-19 restrictions permitted.

 

Members of the Committee took account of the report and raised a number of questions and issues within their discussions. Points raised included:

              i.        Members were in support of the wording related to the Paddock Wood Community Centre in section 3.10 of the report which stated  ...  view the full minutes text for item COM7/20

COM8/20

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 6 KB

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.

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There was no urgent business for consideration.

COM9/20

Date of the Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Thursday 11 January 2021.

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The next meeting was scheduled for 14 January 2021.