Agenda and minutes
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Apologies For Absence
Apologies received from Marc Moore, Richard Moore, Fiona Kellet, Theodora Brady and Councillor Keith Glazier (East Sussex County Council). Darrell Gale sends his apologies and Victoria Spencer-Hughes is present as a substitute. Becky Shaw (ESCC) also sends apologies and James Harris (ESCC) will be attending the meetings.
Convening the Town Board
(For further information on the Town Deal please view https://www.hastings.gov.uk/regeneration/towndeal/ )
(Hastings Borough Council)
The Director of Operational Services gave a presentation regarding the Towns Fund to inform the members about the processes involved in the Towns Fund.
The Towns Fund is a Fund in which Hastings can bid for £25m from the government.
There is no commitment guarantee of £25m as it is a negotiated deal. The council also receives £173k for developing the Business Plan. Ability to receive funding will depend on agreeing with government on the programme.
The programme needs to be evidence based and consulted. The government will need to accept the evidence of the effectiveness, value and deliverability of the
There are 3 thematic areas that need to be focused on:
· Urban regeneration, planning and land use.
· Skills and enterprise infrastructure.
· Connectivity – we are part of a prosperous region and through better connectivity we need to make sure there are benefits to Hastings residents.
The Director of Operational Services explained that the process is a two-stage
· Stage 1 is convening the town board and producing an evidence-based investment plan.
· Stage 2 is yet to be determined by the government. The Director of Operational Services then discussed the opportunities that this Towns Fund allows us to have. It allows the council to reset it’s thoughts about regeneration, and it gives opportunity to talk to other funders and organisations about an all-encompassing strategy for the town, rather than just individual projects.
The council is also currently reviewing its planning policy, and the Town Deal will link very closely with this.
The Director of Operational Services also discussed the challenges the council faces with regards to the Towns Fund given recent budget proposals.
Formation of the Town Board
Temporary co-chairs (Graham Peters and Carole Dixon) then announced that the main plans for this meeting are to officially establish the Town Board and to agree the Terms of Reference.
The co-chairs then explained the guidelines set out by the government for Town Board membership. Some of the board must include:
· Both tiers of local government.
· Our MP
· Local businesses and investors
· Local Enterprise Partnerships
Beyond those essential components there are all sorts of other possibilities. As the government provides more clarity, the board can be tailored and shaped as necessary.
There is also an intention to have an Executive Delivery Group.
A member of the board asked a question regarding the lack of other NHS groups present within the board.
The co-chairs stated that as there are limited places on the board, they have chosen certain NHS institutions, but throughout the process they will have conversations with other health-related organisations. This is just for the core Town Board and we hope that the people on the board will act as representatives for many other organisations.
The co-chairs asked for a show of hands from members representing those
organisations and partnerships who had been invited to join the board if they agreed to participate. All members that were invited then agreed to join Town Board and the Board was formed. ... view the full minutes text for item 2.
(Hastings Borough Council)
The Assistant Director Regeneration and Culture then went on to explain the next
steps for the Town Board. The next step is circulating the Draft Code of Conduct for
As per the Terms of Reference, the Town Board should host quarterly meetings. As meetings cannot be held within Purdah (the time of political sensitivity before an election), we are proposing to have a meeting towards the end of February / early March. We will likely hold another meeting in March. The first Executive Delivery Group meeting will be held on the 11th March 2020 (TBC).
Action 2: In compliance with GDPR - members agreed for circulation of names and contact details to other board members.
Action 3: Code of conduct document will be circulated with papers for the next meeting with members expected to identify any conflict of interest ASAP.
In terms of the programme of work, please refer to expectation of the Town Board in the government guidelines provided. We will need to demonstrate background context, evidence of need, a vision of the town, high level description of priority areas, and projects that can be locally funded with high level cost estimates.
In terms of the next stage, due to the short timescale, there will be a lot of work going on concurrently. We need to have a focus on evidence. We already have reviews looking at evidence for the new local plan and several arising from other local and regional strategies and projects such as the Hastings Opportunity Area, the Coastal Economic Prospectus, Hastings and Rother Task Force Regeneration Review and South East Local Enterprise Partnership Local Industrial Strategy. All are in progress currently. It would be useful to receive any analysis and evidence from individuals representing various organisations who are members of the board. We don’t want to ask the same questions to the same people again, if there’s already information out there from past few years.
Action 4: Board members to consider evaluation, research and analysis which may be useful to use as evidence to support our Town Investment Plan and town deal – particularly related to the three thematic areas identified in the prospectus.
For the next board meeting, we would look to provide update on further guidance from the government and a brief on the proposed consultation with community. If timelines are as they are, then this work may need to commence earlier than the next meeting as the timeline is incredibly limited. The Board will also hopefully have access to the interim Hastings and Rother regeneration review report. There will also be an update on the programme of work to date.
Action 5: Further guidance from the government to be made available once received.
· Next board meeting: TBC
· There may be another meeting held in March before Purdah begins.
· Further meetings will take place in May but these are yet to be organised.
HASTINGS TOWN DEAL MEMBERSHIP – agreed 27th January 2020
Cllr Peter Chowney / Cllr Kim Forward
Hastings Borough Council
Hastings Borough Council
Cllr Keith Glazier
East Sussex County Council
Becky Shaw / James Harris
East Sussex County Council
MP for Hastings and Rye
Stuart Mitchell / Andrew Harvey
New River Reit
Graham Peters (Co-chair)
SELEP / Team East Sussex
Hastings Voluntary Action
Carole Dixon (Co-chair)
Hastings Community network
Rich Moore / Marc Moore
Darrell Gale / Victoria Spencer-Hughes (Rep TBC)
Public Health ESCC
Richard Watson / Fiona Kellett (Rep TBC)
NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group
Liz Gilmore / Kate Adams
Cultural Leader’s Group
Clive Galbraith / Sean Dennis
Chamber of Commerce
Jess Steele / James Leathers
Trinity Triage Heritage Action Zone
Hastings BID – Love Hastings Ltd
Clive Cook / Dan Shelley
East Sussex Colleges Group
Hastings Opportunity Area
Other officers / partners as agreed and required.