Agenda and minutes

Communities and Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Board - Wednesday, 2nd March, 2022 6.30 pm

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Venue: Committe Rooms A and B, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services Team 


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Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors Allen and Rands.


Councillor Scott confirmed that there was a change to the Membership of this Cabinet Advisory Board. As agreed at Full Council Wednesday 23 February 2022 Councillor Rands was a Member of this Committee.


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 65 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.


Councillor March declared that a homeless person lived in one of her properties and the rent and deposit bond was paid by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Councillor March therefore left the meeting at the time of agenda item COM14/21 was discussed, as advised by Legal.


Councillor Scott declared that he ran, in conjunction with Aspens Charity, housing for up to ten individuals with learning difficulties. The funds were received from Aspens Chairity and as the individuals were not homeless it did not affect his presence at the Committee.   


Notification of Persons Wishing to Speak pdf icon PDF 31 KB

To note any Visiting Members or members of the public wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18 and 19, and which items they wish to speak on.


There were no members of the public of visiting Members registered to speak.


Minutes of the meeting dated 17 November 2021

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.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting dated 17 November 2021 be deferred to the next meeting on Wednesday 30 March 2022.


Minutes of the meeting dated 11 January 2022 pdf icon PDF 142 KB


No amendments were proposed.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 11 January 2022 be approved as a correct record.


Work Programme as at 14 February 2022 pdf icon PDF 293 KB


Councillor Jane March stated that under her portfolio there should also be Environment, Culture and Leisure.


RESOLVED – That subject to the above amendment, that the Forward Plan as at 14 February 2022 be noted.


Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 - 2026 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Additional documents:


Sue Oliver, Private Sector Housing Manager presented her report which outlined the Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 – 2026.


Speakers: None.


Discussion and questions from Members included the following:


·         The Housing Advisory Panel (HAP) had accepted the report with a recommendation that it was accepted with no changes by the Communities and Economic Cabinet Advisory Board.

·         HAP would review the Strategy and action plans every 6 months, to ensure priorities remained in the right direction and reflected local and national priorities.

·         It was advised that there was no indication that the funds from Kent County Council (KCC) Homelessness Connect Service would be withdrawn, the amount of approximately £250,000 funded 27-29 beds within Tunbridge Wells (TW) for residents of TW and neighbouring boroughs.

·         The responses to the consultation were generally positive.

·         The matter of whether people are placed outside of the borough was reviewed carefully and depended on location, cost and available spaces.

·         Notwithstanding the good standard of practises already in place, the financial support from the Government during the pandemic gave Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) more capacity and flexibility to reach those in need of services.

·         Congratulations was given to the team for how they supported and managed people in the community.




1.    That the Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, Appendix A be adopted by Cabinet.


Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 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.


There was no urgent business for consideration.


Date of the Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 30 February 2022 at 6.30pm in Committee Rooms A and B, Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.


The date of the next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 30 March 2022.