Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Economic Development Committee - Tuesday, 25 January 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

Contact: Gary Lelliott  Email: g.lelliott@spelthorne.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1/22

Minutes pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2021 as a correct record.

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2021 were agreed.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2021 were agreed.

2/22

Disclosures of interests

To receive any disclosures of interest from councillors in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for members.

Decision:

There were none.

Minutes:

There were none.

3/22

Questions from members of the Public

The Chair, or his nominee, to answer any questions raised by members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 40.

 

At the time of publication of this agenda no questions had been received.

Decision:

There were none.

Minutes:

There were none.

4/22

Ward Issues

To consider any issues raised by ward councillors in accordance with Standing Order 34.2.

 

At the time of publication of this agenda no ward issues had been received.

Decision:

There were none.

Minutes:

There were none.

5/22

Budget - 2022/23: Revenue and Capital

Minutes:

The process for considering the budget for 2022/23 was explained to the committee.  As part of this process, the committee was invited to consider its recommendations to the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee on 7 February 2022, where all service committee recommendations would be available for consideration as part of the detailed budget report.  A subsequent recommendation would then be made to Council on 24 February 2022.

 

There was currently a projected revenue budget deficit of approximately £1.35m which the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee needed to address, in order to deliver a legally required balanced budget.

5/22a

Capital Bids 2022/23 (part of annual budget process)

There are no capital bids that require this committee’s consideration.

Decision:

There were none.

Minutes:

There were none.

5/22b

Revenue Growth and Savings Bids 2022/23 (part of annual budget process) pdf icon PDF 17 KB

There are no proposed savings that require this committee’s consideration.  A summary of growth bids is attached.

Decision:

There were no proposed savings bids.

 

The proposed revenue growth bids were recommended for approval by the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee and Council.

Minutes:

There were no proposed savings bids.

 

The committee sought clarification on where the National Non-Domestic Rates were accounted for.  Questions were also asked about whether the proposed new posts would represent value for money.

 

The proposed revenue growth bids were recommended for approval by the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee and Council.

5/22c

Committee Review of Fees and Charges for Service Areas 2022/23 (part of annual budget process) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider the proposed fees and charges, for recommendation to the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee.

Decision:

The proposed fees and charges were recommended for approval by the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee.

Minutes:

The proposed fees and charges were reviewed.  It was noted that there was no proposed increase in the charges for plots at Staines Market due to them being broadly in line with other similar markets.  It was also felt that an increase would risk harming the vitality of the market.

 

The proposed fees and charges were recommended for approval by the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee.

6/22

Draft Economic Prosperity Strategy 2022 - 2027 pdf icon PDF 292 KB

To receive an update on the Economic Prosperity Strategy 2022-2027 and to consider the formation of a task group.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The draft Economic Prosperity Strategy was noted.

Minutes:

The draft strategy had been informed by the recent Local Economic Assessment.  Environmental elements would be added to a later draft, with the final version to be considered by the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee in May 2022.  The Additional Restrictions Task Group would be considering the red/amber/green ratings of each proposal.

 

A particular focus on STEM had been incorporated, as had providing opportunities for local business operators to develop skills, particularly for generating an online presence.

 

The draft Economic Prosperity Strategy was noted.

7/22

Additional Restrictions Grant Monitoring pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To receive an update on the use of the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Decision:

The update on the use of the Additional Restrictions Grant was noted.

Minutes:

The committee received information on the use of the latest round of grant funding.  It had been specifically used to support local businesses in the hospitality sector and had provided funding to purchase IT and associated services, training, refreshed shopfronts, etc.  Officers were working hard to ensure that as many businesses as possible were able to benefit from grants before the scheme ended.

 

It was noted that various measures had been employed to ensure that businesses used grants for permissible purposes.

 

The update on the use of the Additional Restrictions Grant was noted.

8/22

Appointment to the Additional Restrictions Grants Task Group

To appoint a member to the Additional Restrictions Grants Task Group.

Decision:

It was agreed that as the Additional Restrictions Grant was coming to an end, no appointment would be made to the task group.

Minutes:

It was agreed that as the Additional Restrictions Grant was coming to an end, no appointment would be made to the task group.

9/22

Monitoring of Economic Development of Corporate Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 287 KB

To receive an update on the Economic Development aspect of the Corporate Recovery Plan.

Decision:

The update on the Economic Development Committee’s section of the Corporate Recovery Plan was noted.

Minutes:

The Corporate Recovery Plan would be updated to include a section on Heathrow because of its impact on employment in the local area.

 

The update on the Economic Development Committee’s section of the Corporate Recovery Plan was noted.

10/22

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider the forward plan for committee business.

Decision:

The forward plan was agreed.

Minutes:

The Heathrow and Airspace Modernisation item had been delayed pending Heathrow Airport being advised by the Civil Aviation Authority about their capital funding settlement (period H7) which would determine and impact the future work programme. This was not expected until Spring 2022.

 

The forward plan was agreed.

11/22

Urgent business

To consider any business deemed as urgent by the chair.

Decision:

There was none.

Minutes:

There was none.