Agenda, decisions and minutes

Business & the Community Committee
Thursday, 5 April 2012 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent. View directions

Items
No. Item

30.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Derek Sales and Derek Shelbrooke.  Cllrs John Cubitt and Brian Sangha attended as their respective substitutes.

31.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2012 were signed by the Chair.

32.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

33.

Order of Agenda

Minutes:

The Chair stated that he would deal with items 5 and 6 followed by item 9 before dealing with the remaining agenda items in the listed order.

34.

Update on 2012 preparations

Minutes:

Cllr David Turner gave a presentation on Gravesham and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – see attached presentation.

 

Members also watched two films on ‘Promoting Gravesham’ and ‘The Torch’.

 

Cllr David Turner stated that it is important that Gravesham has a legacy and advised that it had been suggested that part of New Road be renamed ‘Torch Way’.  

 

The Committee thanked Cllr Turner and Officers for their continuous hard work on 2012 preparations.

 

It was requested that the Portfolio Holder presents the ‘Torch Way’ legacy idea to the Cabinet for consideration.

35.

Presentation on the work of the Youth Council

Minutes:

Further to Minute 25 (12.01.2012), Elizabeth Carter and Niamh Joyce apprised Members on the work of the Youth Council.

 

The Committee was advised that in April 2010 the Youth Council was given £10,000 from Gravesham Borough Council in order to provide financial support to local youth projects and organisations.

 

Members watched a film that featured some of the projects that the Youth Council had supported such as:-

 

·         Best of Young Gifted (BYG);

·         CYT Group – Thamesview;

·         Big Day Out 2012 – helping to raise money for the Skate Park Group;

·         Breaking Ground February 2012;

·         Saheli Dancers; and

·         Gravesham Youth Council.

 

Members were informed that if they are aware of any projects or organisations that need support within the borough, the Youth Council is willing to help/get involved.

 

The Committee thanked Elizabeth and Niamh for an interesting and informative presentation.

 

It was suggested that Members of the Committee make representations to their Leader regarding future funding for the Youth Council.

36.

Performance Update - Quarter Three 2011/12 (October 2011 to December 2011) pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To provide Members of the Business & Partnerships Committee with a report on the progress made by the council in delivering the Areas of Focus and Measures of Accountability (relevant to the committee) as set out within the Corporate Business Plan 2011-15.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the progress made by the Council in delivering the Areas of Focus and Measures of Accountability (relevant to the Committee) as set out within the Corporate Business Plan 2011/15.

 

Members were informed that there are a few limitations within the software (relevant to the Committee) that are currently being investigated.

 

The Assistant Director (Communities) highlighted the following key area of improvement/good performance:-

 

·         CBP 8 – To involve 10,000 people through Active Gravesham, summer holiday programme and Go Gravesham activities each year;

·         CBP 11 – Sustain highest level of attendance at local, community outdoor events and festivals; and

·         CBP 27 – Number of people involved in the Gravesham Youth Council (to have doubled the number of people involved by 2014/15).

 

The Committee also considered the following potential area for review:-

 

·         CBP 12 – Sustain highest level of attendance at Heritage attractions – Chantry Heritage Centre/New Tavern Fort and Civil Defence Bunker.

37.

Review of current Statement of Policy for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

It was agreed by the Committee and ratified by the Portfolio Holder that:-

 

1.    each of the recommendations made in the elevation grid attached as Appendix 2 to the report be approved, and that officers update the draft policy document accordingly; and

2.    following the policy being updated, the Portfolio Holder for the Business & Partnerships Cabinet Committee approves the final policy without further need to report back to the Cabinet Committee.

 

Minutes:

Further to Minute 29 (12.01.2012), the Committee was informed that the draft policy had been publicised and open for comment between 21 January and 2 March 2012.

 

Members were advised that a total of 35 responses had been received and entered into a grid.  The Senior Licensing Officer in consultation with the Assistant Director (Communities) undertook an evaluation of each response and provided a recommendation as to whether or not the policy statement should be amended.

 

The Committee considered the grid and recommendations.

 

It was suggested that the policy states ‘brake horsepower’ instead of ‘engine capacity’.

 

It was agreed by the Committee and ratified by the Portfolio Holder that:-

 

(1)        each of the recommendations made in the elevation grid attached as Appendix 2 to the report be approved, and that officers update the draft policy document accordingly; and 

 

(2)        following the policy being updated, the Portfolio Holder for the Business & Partnerships Cabinet Committee approves the final policy without further need to report back to the Cabinet Committee.

 

Note:   Mrs Denise Stewart spoke with leave of the Chair on this item.

38.

Gravesend Skate Park pdf icon PDF 368 KB

Minutes:

The Project Engineer provided Members of the Committee with a report on the provenance of the Gravesend Skate Park and current position.

 

It was noted that construction commenced on site in February 2012 for a 15 week period and is due for completion on 18 May 2012.

 

Members were advised that the Youth Council needs to raise £10,000 towards the cost of the project and to date, it has raised approximately £6,500 through funding raising activities. 

 

Members congratulated the Youth Council on the money that it had raised to date.

 

The Committee stated that this could be a potential site for street art.  It was suggested that Officers and the Youth Council consider/discuss this further.

 

 

39.

Current concession list for the Woodville; including room hire, Blake Gallery and Community Square pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Further to Minute 27 (12.01.2012), the Committee received details of concessions awarded as at 13 March 2012 together with the financial implications involved.

 

 

 

The Chair advised that this was his last meeting as Chair/Portfolio Holder of the Committee and thanked Members and Officers for their support.

Gravesham and the London 2012 Games pdf icon PDF 2 MB