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Apologies for the meeting were noted as above.
Declarations of Interests
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No declarations were made.
No announcements were made.
That the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record.
That the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 12 July 2023 be approved and adopted.
To receive and note questions asked and statements made from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the Committee
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David Chafe on behalf of Tenants and Council Together (TACT) and Councillor Lee addressed the committee, and their contributions were summarised within the following agenda items.
Councillor Westwood, Cabinet Member for Housing introduced the agenda item regarding proposals for the Housing Strategy 2023 - 2028, (available here). The introduction included the following points.
Gilly Knight, Corporate Head of Housing provided the committee with a presentation (available here) and following an introduction, provided members with details on the following elements of the strategy.
1. The National Policy and Context.
2. The Local Policy and Context.
3. The objectives of the Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment (SHMA).
4. The Achievements of the Housing Strategy 2018-2023.
5. The Evidence Base.
6. The Challenges.
7. The Strategy Vision, Mission, and Objectives.
8. The Monitoring and Review Strategy.
9. The Delivery Plan.
Councillor Thompson, Cabinet Member for Business and Culture introduced the agenda item regarding the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), (available here).
The introduction included the following points.
Susan Robbins, Corporate Head of Economy & Community provided the committee with a presentation (available here) and following an introduction, the presentation provided members with details on the following elements of the funds. 19:30 Susan Robbins presentation
1. UKSPF Fund Approval and Governance Overview.
2. UKSPF Finance & Location Overview.
3. UKSPF Investment split.
4. UKSPF 22/23 Overview of Delivered Projects.
5. UKSPF 2023/24 – Approved Projects.
6. UKSPF 24/25 – Look Forward.
7. Rural England Prosperity Fund.
The committee was recommended to comment on the proposals within the presentation and proceeded to ask questions and debate the report. In summary, the following matters were raised.
These points were responded to by Susan Robbins, Corporate Head of Economy & Community and Andrew Gostelow, Service Lead - Economy & Tourism accordingly and were noted by Councillor Thompson, Cabinet Member for Business and Culture. The Chairperson summarised the views of the committee.
1. That the contents of the presentation were noted.
That the Cabinet Member and officers note the comments of the committee as outlined above.
Councillor Thompson, Cabinet Member for Business and Culture; introduced the report, ref CAB3247 which set out proposals regarding the Winchester City Street Market Management Contract and Operating Policy, (available here). The introduction included the following points.
Councillor Lee addressed the committee, and made several points that could be summarised as follows:
1. That regarding the tender exercise, whether other issues beyond price, such as environmental factors should be given greater prominence. For example, only 10% of the evaluation weighting was allocated to environmental considerations, and whether these percentages should be increased.
2. He referred to the United Nations Environment Programme's draft Global Plastics treaty highlighting the potential to reduce single-use plastics in the street market.
3. That there was a need for clarification on waste and packaging considerations within the evaluation process.
Andrew Gostelow,Service Lead - Economy & Tourism provided members with an update and the committee was asked, prior to the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 17 October 2023 to:
1. Comment on the proposed council vision for the Winchester City Street market and the draft Winchester City Street Market Operating Policy.
2. Comment on the market trader selection process and assessment criteria; and
3. Comment on the framework communications and transition plan.
The committee proceeded to ask questions and debate the report. In summary, the following matters were raised.
1. The importance of ensuring alignment between the council's vision and the current operator's capabilities and whether excessive rules might hinder their effectiveness.
2. That consideration be given to affordability as part of the qualitative assessment to maintain the traditional role of markets as places for affordable shopping.
3. A question was asked about the feedback and readiness of current market traders regarding the proposed rules and guidelines.
4. That there were potential barriers to business startups and innovation posed by the application process and whether steps could be taken to enable innovation.
5. Regarding the communication and engagement plans for the transition, including how the tendering process would be conducted to procure a new or the same operator under the new terms and conditions.
These points were responded to by Andrew Gostelow, Service Lead - Economy & Tourism. and were noted by Councillor Thompson, Cabinet Member for Business and Culture. The ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
Councillor Westwood, Cabinet Member for Housing introduced the agenda item regarding proposals for the Nutrient Mitigation Project, (available here). The introduction included the following points.
1. That there were existing pollution issues in local rivers and chalk streams.
2. That nitrate neutrality was already required for new housing schemes, and now phosphate neutrality was required for developments in the River Itchen catchment area.
3. That the City Council had budgeted for upgrades to two water treatment works to deliver cleaner water and enable its new homes program.
4. That further investigations into a second phase of upgrades were ongoing.
5. That these upgrades would improve water quality and generate nutrient credits, allowing affordable housing programs to restart more cost-effectively.
6. That comments and feedback on the proposed plans were welcome.
Andrew Palmer, Service Lead - New Homes Delivery provided the committee with a presentation (available here) and following an introduction, provided members with details on the following elements of the project.
Councillor Lee addressed the committee, and highlighted the following points:
1. He asked regarding nutrient credits generated to offset affordable housing programme requirements and whether these credits would be used for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) similar to retrofit credits.
2. He was concerned about a net cost to the HRA if credits could not be monetised and asked about the worst-case scenario and potential funding sources.
3. That he was keen to promote a wider upgrade program for all off-grid households and whether this could be factored into the project.
The committee was recommended to comment on the proposals and proceeded to ask questions and debate the item. In summary, the following matters were raised.
These points were responded to by Simon Hendey, Strategic Director, and Andrew Palmer, Service Lead - New Homes Delivery accordingly and were noted by Councillor Westwood, Cabinet Member for Housing. The Chairperson summarised the views of the committee.
1. That the Cabinet Member and officers note the comments of the committee.
The chairperson advised the committee that two papers would be brought to the November meeting: HRA business plan and high-level budget options, and the Festival and Events Programme Policy. The final meeting in February 2024 would review the Older Person Accommodation Strategy, a review of the Hampshire Home Choice Allocations Policy, and the Green Economic Development Strategy Action Plan for 2024 to 2027. Members were advised of the process to suggest additional items for consideration.
That the current work programme was noted.