Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber - Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3UY. View directions
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Items No. Item
10:00 – 10:10
Everyone was welcomed to the meeting and thanked for being available and here today.
All were reminded that this is a confidential meeting due to the nature of information that is to be discussed.
Apologies were noted from:
Andrew Harvey, Clive Galbraith, Dan Shelley, Darrell Gale, Iain McNab, Liz Gilmore and Richard Watson
The minutes of 17th September were agreed as a true record.
Following the chairs opening remarks concern was expressed by some board members regarding the level of engagement available to the board with the projects coming forward and that this had not been the best possible process.
Presentation from Genecon (independent assessor)
10:10 – 11:15
Victoria Conheady provided an overview of the project prioritisation process which had been agreed by the Board in September. The Board was reminded that a subgroup of the Town Deal Board worked with officers and Genecon in stages 1 and 2, and represented the boards interests. The membership of this group was such designed to avoid issues of conflict of interest with Board members who had submitted EOIs. The group followed the process recommended by the Town’s Hub.
Graeme Collinge from Genecon (NB Genecon are the economic development consultancy commissioned to undertake the independent assessment of projects submitted through the open Expression of Interest process) explained the government’s project prioritisation process for assessing Town Deal projects and the scoring criteria that the group used to arrive at the recommendations presented to the Board.
The Board agreed that the recommended projects should be included in the work to develop the TIP, subject to further information being provided to board members who request it. Two members were unable to support the proposals at this time.
1. Officers to proceed with drafting the TIP and TIP2 proformas for further consideration by the Board at its December meeting.
2. Appropriate confidential information will be shared with Board members to enable next steps to commence.
3. Further meetings with Board Members to be scheduled as necessary.
Update on TIP development
11:15 – 11:30
Following the Board’s discussion officers will set up meetings with project leads to enable more detailed discussions. The TIP2 proformas will require completion by project leads and will be circulated ASAP.
Town Deal Board membership
11:30 – 11:45
It was proposed that the nominated member of Hastings Youth Council be invited to become a member of the board. This was agreed by the meeting.
The membership of the board will be reviewed after the TIP is submitted in January to a) reflect on the outcomes of the equality audit and the diversity of the Board, and b) forward plan the skill sets and appropriate structures/subgroups that will be needed for the next stage of the Town Deal process.
Stakeholder engagement and communications
11:45 – 11:55
A stakeholder engagement plan, social media and blog content has been drafted for use from January 2021. Volunteers were sought from the Board to take part in a small working group to take this piece of work forward.
ACTION: Volunteers please contact Hannah Brookshaw for further information.