Agenda and draft minutes

Emergency - Wednesday, 3rd August, 2022 9.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, 13 Church Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DD

Contact: Olwen Heap 01200 414408  Email: olwen.heap@ribblevalley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

194.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

195.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests by members of the committee. However, Cllr K Horkin who also attended the meeting declared that he had business premises in Clitheroe.

 

196.

Exclusion of press and public

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That by virtue of the next item of business being exempt information under Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be now excluded from the meeting.

 

 

197.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Report of Director of Economic Development and Planning enclosed.

Minutes:

The Director of Economic Development and Planning submitted a report updating members on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

 

She reminded committee that the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities had launched the fund in April 2022 for £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025. Ribble Valley’s conditional allocation was £1,967,754 over a three-year funding period.

 

At it’s meeting on 6 June 2022 the Emergency committee had resolved to agree to targeting interventions to deliver local projects including capital schemes; agreed the partnership group attendees and to appoint consultants to undertake the initial work and engagement work in preparation of the Investment Plan.

 

The Director of Economic Development and Planning outlined the interventions the Emergency committee had agreed to focus on, and the changes now proposed with the removal of E18 and the inclusion of E29 and E31.

 

The report outlined the partnership group attendees, how the workshop event had been conducted and included the notes from the discussions.

 

The MP had also been briefed at a meeting with the Director of Economic Development and Planning and his comments noted. Other comments had also been received from Primrose Community Trust and Clitheroe Civic Society.

 

The Director of Economic Development and Planning circulated a draft expenditure profile  which, along with an initiative deliverable spreadsheet, is required to support the investment plan.

 

As the first year’s allocation of £238,805 must be spent within the 2022/23 financial year five schemes had been identified at this stage to ensure progression. Members were asked to consider these schemes. A further report would be submitted to Policy and Finance committee to identify more schemes for members to consider for the rest of the funding.

 

The UKSPF Expenditure Profile spreadsheet required to accompany the Plan also requires the allocation of funding to be split between each intervention identified and then split between capital and revenue over the three years of the fund. Flexibility can be requested in this regard, however a financial spilt needed to be detailed at submission stage. The Director of Economic Development and Planning detailed the suggested funding split in respect of each of the identified interventions.

 

Councillors T Austin, S Brunskill, M Hindle, B Holden, K Horkin, G Mirfin and R Newmark were all given permission to speak on this item.

 

There was a consensus that this item of business was too important to only be considered by the Emergency committee and that all councillors should be able to have some input.

 

Members set out their views on the initial schemes put forward for the current financial year and on other schemes that they felt should be included. It was noted that the villages did not feature in any of the schemes put forward as these concentrated on the three main service centres. It was suggested that the needs of the communities should also be considered and not just the schemes the Council already had in its capital programme. Members appreciated the offer of a special meeting to discuss and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 197.