Agenda and draft minutes
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Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
The minutes were agreed, subject to an amendment that in minute 28, paragraph 8, “The CCG’s Health and Equalities” would be changed to “Health Inequalities” as that is the correct title.
Simon Hubbard, Director of Operational Services at Hastings Borough Council stated that a letter had gone to partners to sign up (?)
Regeneration Update - Bohemia Area
(Kevin Boorman, Marketing and Major Projects Manager)
Kevin Boorman, Marketing and Major Projects Manager presented an update on the Bohemia Area regeneration plan. He stated that the plan would cover the White Rock (Now Bohemia) area, the White Rock gardens, Horntye Sports Centre, the Hastings Museum and the leisure centre, Falaise. He said that this was 36 hectares of land altogether, very close to the town centre.
He went on to note that there was a consultation on the plan, with replies saying that more could be done for the Bohemia area than is currently being done. Furthermore, the Area Action Plan consultation would last for twelve weeks, and had been consulted on. This would go to Hastings Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting, for discussion.
It was said that with a wider population, there was more need for affordable housing in the town, as there was limited space.
The Bohemia area was told to be quite a unique area, in that most of it was owned by Hastings Borough Council.
The White Rock theatre was about to have a new contract signed, for the operator to provide 5 more years in managing the theatre. On top of this, there were set to be better leisure provisions in place for the plan, with an extended contract of five years. After a review, the contract could be extended another two years, and then another two after that. It was also stated that tennis courts would be placed in the area, possibly retail, and hotel visitor accommodation, to make up for the lack of hotel accommodation for tourists in the town.
It was further stated that greenspaces had been taken in to mind during this development, and it was intended to retain the gardens as they are, whilst using any scrubland for development.
The plans included that of a green-network, with provisions for accessibility and a focus on “city-living”, utilising flats with large spaces for living. The scheme aimed for a high density area which used space effectively, whilst funding open spaces
A question was raised about whether there would be enough affordable housing in the area, and whether it would deliver what it needed to the local people of Hastings.
The answer was that there was a range of housing types on the site, that would be at 80% of the market value, and this was affordable housing. It was also stated that the government had restarted the social rental program.
A query was raised about what the LSP could do to engage the community. It was stated that despite Hastings Borough Council being heavily involved in the scheme, they did not own it, instead working with partners in the area.
Questions were raised about the scheme meeting policies in the area, such as a walking and cycling strategy. The suggestion was that other plans would of course affect the consultation for the scheme. There would be a report at the end of summer updating on the wider programme.
Richard Watson, Hastings and Rother CCG stated that the CCG ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
(Andrew Palmer, Assistant Director, Housing and Built Environment)
Michael Courts, Housing Policy and Performance Officer presented a report on the Rough Sleeping bid, to update the LSP on the partnership with Eastbourne / Lewes Councils, and the additional funding to reduce rough sleeping as well as the proposed programme of activities and mobilisation timetable.
It was mentioned that rough sleeping had been increasing in East Sussex, especially in Hastings and Eastbourne.. Funding of £664,000 had been approved for 2018/19, with a bid for additional funding in 2019/20 submitted, but yet to be confirmed. The scheme would be working with partners to improve accessibility to support services, temporary accommodation, and long-term housing solutions. The key message that would be sent would be to fill the gaps between the current services with the new scheme.
The bid aims for a cross-county partnership, with plans to work with West Sussex, using a CHAIN block database, to aid with information sharing. This was opted for as individual needs would need to be met for those who live a transient lifestyle. He said that the proposal planned included a multi-disciplinary team, focusing on health, mental health, social care, substance misuse and housing services as well as an enhanced accommodation pathway, an expanded outreach service and Rough Sleeping Prevention Service.
The scheme would have a holistic approach, with the service aiming to meet as many of the needs of the individual as possible. Furthermore, the service would be hosted through core services for robust pathways in to statutory services.
It was stated that current accommodation pathways and services would be enhanced, with eight assessment beds across Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes that would provide a stable environment for the multi-disciplinary team to carry. It was further noted that there would be 20 housing first units that would support those with the most complex needs with a long term housing solution and a stable environment.
With the scheme in action, he noted that there would be a short timescale to mobilise the project, as they now recruit key posts including Senior Project Co-Ordinator and the members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team. On top of this, they were currently identifying suitable accommodation for assessment and Housing First units.
Despite the aim to reduce rough sleeping, it was said that this scheme would only be a small fix to a larger problem. A question was raised in regards to the developments in the Adult Social Care Consultation. The reply was that they thought it would be sustainable moving forwards, with preventative support. But there would be a need to share learning.
The group stated that this was a considerable sum of funding, and there should be a push to further strengthen links between organisations in the voluntary sector in regards to this.
There was a question in regards to whether if a problem arose, if the structure of the scheme would change. He answer was that there was currently a strategic and management board, with the latter overseeing operational parts of the scheme. On top of this, they had ... view the full minutes text for item 37.
A briefing note was brought to the meeting, for the LSP to discuss the impact of the Adult Social Care Consultation, and whether there was any wider discussion. The County Council Cabinet discussed the item on 17 June 2018.
It was stated that impact assessments had been made, and that some services would be lost across the county, however these services would not disappear, but continue to be provided in a different way.
The group noted that even with additional funding, preventative services would be lost, and service providers later down the line would feel the changes acutely. Going forward, however, the group said that they would have to use what resources they have in the most effective way to make sure that these changes impact minimally on services.
The LSP discussed that any concerted effort to take leadership on connectivity from any party would be very resource intensive.
Simon Hubbard, Director of Operational Services for Hastings Borough Council agreed to write out to partners, so that a discussion could be had in regards to the decision. He stated that there had to be an honest position about locality
(Helen Kay, Programme Director, Hastings Opportunity Area, ESCC)
Helen Kay, East Sussex County Council spoke about the Hastings Opportunity Area and stated that it was something that had a lot of engagement, with the partnership board being well attended, and working well. She wished to extend her thanks to that partnership board.
The funds were to be appointed to a literacy campaign, with the SSIF (?) to improve teaching and literacy in schools, with £250,000 appointed to literacy at home funds and parental engagement.
There were many funds targeted at mental and emotional well-being, as well as parenting support by piloting a universal approach to support earlier engagement of families, with more conversations at schools and in community settings for families under stress.
She stated that there was funding available for all schools in the area, and all schools in the area had submitted applications. This aims to increase the capacity of everyone by allowing access to high quality, regular enrichment for children and young people across Hastings, with opportunity days for children in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Waste Contract and DSO
(Cameron Morley, Waste and Cleansing Services Manager)
Cameron Morley, Waste and Cleansing Services Manager at Hastings Borough Council gave an update on the Hastings Street Cleansing and the agreement of an in-house service at the Full Council meeting on 11 July 2018. The idea was consulted through the Coastal Users Group, Charity Committee, Cabinet and Full Council and all were in favour of the proposals.
This service would provide flexibility to the service, as well as being better resourced for the task of keeping the town clean.
He stated that the service would run over 347 days.