Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Daniel Wilkinson  Email: daniel.wilkinson@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5102

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Minutes:

Councillor Allan MacCarthy stated that for Item 6, in relation to the Borough Halls, he was a Company Director of Greenwich Dance Agency Ltd

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 January 2016.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 6 January 2016 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Introduction to the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel pdf icon PDF 38 KB

To note the presentation which introduces the remit and work of the Panel

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Minutes:

The Panel received a presentation from the Senior Corporate Development Officer on the remit and work of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel.

 

In response to a question from a Panel Member as to why the use of the O2 suite was an item for the Panel, the Director of Central Services clarified that it was a standing item; Members had decided to monitor it to ensure there was no improper use by Councillors or staff.

 

Members discussed the remit and work of the Panel. The Chair stressed that the Panel needed to consider how they gathered evidence, accessed external advice and undertook site visits.

 

Resolved –

 

That the presentation be noted.

6.

Cabinet Member Update - Culture and Creative Industries pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To update Members on the progress made against the key priorities for the Culture and Creative Industries portfolio, as well as in relation to other key and significant projects within the scope of the portfolio.

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being presented the report.  The Cabinet Member highlighted her priorities.

 

The Panel requested a written response on how the Cabinet Member’s priorities were chosen and how they were evaluated.  The Panel felt that the Fairness Commission should also be a priority. 

Action: Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being

 

The Panel noted the Community Centre strategy and asked whether good practice elsewhere, such as the ‘Quirk Review Making Assets Work’, was being considered so that the process could be fast tracked.

 

The Cabinet Member confirmed good practice elsewhere would be considered.  The Director of Central Services added that the community centres had not been happy with the last review, but that the new strategy would achieve a shared vision; together with the centres they would look at what their community was and how they delivered to that community, and also how each of the centres could support each other.

 

In response to a question from the Panel about Third Sector Support the Director of Central Services replied that that while funding to 2019 was fixed there was flexibility on monitoring which could mean the adjustment of targets within the agreed delivery.

 

The Panel were concerned that the scope of Visit Greenwich did not seem to extend across the whole Borough.

 

The Cabinet Member confirmed that it was a key priority for the Board of Visit Greenwich to get people to visit other parts of the Borough. The Director of Central Services added that part of Visit Greenwich’s strategy was to attract visitors to the main focal points then disperse them to other parts of the Borough. One initiative had been to use shuttle buses to Eltham and Woolwich, but the travel company had struggled to make that a success. The Director highlighted an issue was that Eltham Palace and the Rangers House, for example, were under English Heritage which had its own national strategy and it had proven difficult to engage with them. However, they had managed to get a World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace, but working with English Heritage was a constant task.

 

The Director of Central Services detailed the reduction in the Council’s funding for Visit Greenwich as agreed in the Medium Term Financial Strategy and stated that Visit Greenwich understood the reduction.

 

The Chair requested that the next Cabinet Member report include information on how Visit Greenwich was extending its work across the whole Borough.

Action: Central Services

 

The Panel queried funding and risk in developing the Cultural and Heritage Quarter.

 

The Director of Central Services said the 10-15 year aim was to create a destination to visit 7 days a week. What was sought was to change the profile of Woolwich; it was suggested that if Greenwich was associated with the Navy, why not Woolwich with the Army.  The Director stated no leases had been signed the moment. Due diligence would be done on each company and some companies were required to propose a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

2016/17 Work Programme Schedule pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To agree the schedule for the Regeneration, Transport, and Culture Scrutiny Panel work programme for 2016/17

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the schedule for the Regeneration, Transport, and Culture Scrutiny Panel work programme for 2016/17, as set out in Appendix 1 of the report, be agreed.