Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 7th May, 2013 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding

Contact: Christine Morgan  01775 764454

Items
No. Item

72.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 19 February 2013 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2013 were signed by the Leader as a correct record.

73.

Declarations of Interest.

(Members are no longer required to declare personal of prejudicial interests but are to declare any new Disclosable Pecuniary Interests that are not currently included in their Register of Interests.

 

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.  In the interests of transparency, members may also wish to declare any other interests that they have, in relation to an agenda item, that supports the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.)   

 

Minutes:

No interests were declared.

74.

Questions raised by the public under Cabinet Procedure Rule 2.4

Minutes:

No questions were raised under Cabinet Procedure Rule 2.4.

75.

matters subject to call-in.

Minutes:

There were no matters subject to call-in.

76.

matters arising from the Policy Development and Performance Monitoring Panels

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the Policy Development and Performance Monitoring Panels.

77.

Proposal Assessment Process (Springfields S106 funding) pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To present a Proposal Assessment Process to be used to assess project proposals for the use of the remaining Section 106 contributions received from the development of Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre (report of the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Commercial Assets and Strategic Planning and the Deputy Chief Executive enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the joint report of the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Commercial Assets and Strategic Planning and the Deputy Chief Executive which provided details of a Proposal Assessment Process to be used to assess project proposals for the use of the remaining Section 106 contributions received from the development of Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre.

 

Councillor G J Taylor advised that the money was most likely to be spent within his Council ward, Spalding Castle, and therefore he had an interested into what projects were delivered.  He queried the criteria for the bidding system, which seemed very demanding in such a tight timescale.  Councillor Taylor had concerns that some groups may not have the expertise in order to apply for funding.  He stated that a few larger projects may have a better impact than several small projects.  Councillor M G Chandler echoed Councillor Taylors’ comments.

 

Councillor H R Johnson stated that the money had been available since 2006, although it was not planned to be spent in one go.  This was just the first round of the bidding process.  He clarified that the funding was for projects within the town centre and Springfields area.

 

Councillor A M Newton queried whether the Spalding into town bus service was currently on the list for bidding.  Councillor Johnson confirmed that it was on the list among several other ideas. 

 

The Senior Economic Development Officer agreed that the timescale first the first round of bidding was too short and suggested that it be extended to the end of June 2013.  He advised that officer advice and guidance would be available to bidders that required support on the process.  Members noted that the assessment programme would last as long as there was money available.

 

DECISION:

 

a)      That the Proposal Assessment Process (Option B within the report) be agreed; and

 

b)      That the deadline for the first round of bidding be extended to 30 June 2013.  

 

(Options:

·      Do nothing; or

·      Request an alternative assessment process.

Reasons for Recommendations:

·      The Proposal Assessment Process established a fair, equitable and robust process that was accepted by all key stakeholders and would stand up to scrutiny and challenge.)