Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Cabinet Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 22nd February, 2007
Time:
4.30 pm
Place:
Lecture Hall, Stockton Central Library, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr R Gibson(Chairman), Cllr D Coleman(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Mrs P A Cains, Cllr B Cook, Cllr A Cunningham, Cllr E Johnson, Cllr P Kirton, Cllr K Leonard, Cllr S Nelson, Cllr Mrs J O'Donnell.
Officers:
J. Danks, P. Saunders (R); A. Baxter (CESC); M. Henderson (LD); J. Haworth (ACE); I. Thompson, S. Daniels, M. Robinson, J. McCann (DNS).
In Attendance:
Councillors Fletcher, Frankland, Lupton, Narroway, Mrs Rigg and Walmsley.
Item Description Decision
Public
1013 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
1014 REGENERATION PROJECTS FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS
 
Cabinet Decision Record D070019
As part of the budget process, consideration was given to an update on the current position with regard to the Council's major regeneration projects, including details of the progress made and a proposal to seek flexibility in the utilisation of capital funds allocated through Council budgets for the schemes over the medium term.

A number of the key regeneration schemes were progressing well and were producing opportunities for partnership working with the public and private sectors with both English Partnerships and One Northeast keen to play an increasing role in these schemes. A report on Billingham was presented to Cabinet in December 2006, which agreed the sale of the Town Centre. Thornaby Town Centre redevelopment has started on site, planning consent has been granted for a new foodstore in Stockton and site assembly has started for the Southern Gateway with the purchases of Archon and Riverside House.At Mandale, phases 1 and 1A were nearing completion and masterplanning had started on phase II. Site clearance had been completed for phase I at Parkfield and the development agreement for Hardwick was due to be considered by Cabinet on the 15th March 2007.

On North Shore, the development agreement with AMEC and Urban Splash had been signed. The University was close to agreeing Heads of Terms for their expansion site on North Shore and at the Cabinet meeting on the 13th July 2006 meeting agreement had been given to the Council project managing the construction of the footbridge as a consequence of the Council's track record in major construction projects.

Both English Partnerships and One Northeast were actively involved in promoting regeneration in the Borough and were keen to investigate ways of increasing their involvement. Help had been offered by both agencies that would influence the agenda for quality of design and to explore greater public private partnership working. In particular, to expedite delivery of schemes on site it was proposed to allow flexible utilisation of Council, English Partnerships and One Northeast capital allocations between schemes. It was noted that this would not impact upon the Council agreed capital allocation but would simply ensure that overall sums could be drawn down when necessary across the respective schemes.

Such flexibility would bring many advantages to all funding parties. It would enable, for example, partners to maximise opportunities for site acquisition. It also enabled each funding partner to commit to a medium term capital allocation. English Partnerships and One Northeast were the major funders of the footbridge together with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In particular, it was proposed to utilise the Council's capital as a contribution towards the North Shore Footbridge contract, thus ensuring the tight construction timetable was adhered to. English Partnerships and One Northeast would then contribute to funding elements of the Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative and housing regeneration schemes in future years. A re-profiling of the Council's Capital Programme for 2006-2009 would be required to receive the funds available.

RECOMMENDED to Council that within the overall capital funding allocations for major regeneration schemes and any income allocated for reinvestment in regeneration schemes, authority to manage the use of the capital funds be delegated to the Corporate Director for Development and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport.
1015 REVIEW OF MTFP AND BUDGET 07/08
 
Cabinet Decision Record D070020
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Preamble

ItemPreamble
1013Councillor Mrs Cains declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in respect of the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as she was a Governor of Roseworth and Redbrook Schools; a Governor of a school affected by Building Schools for the Future and she was a Trustee of the George Hardwick Foundation that managed the Carers' Resource Centre in Stockton.

Councillor Mrs O'Donnell declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as she was eligible to receive free bus travel under the Travel Scheme.

Councillor Cook declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as he was the Governor of a school affected by Building Schools for the Future.

Councillor Leonard declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as he was a Governor of Roseworth School and a Member of Tristar Homes Limited Management Board.

Councillor Coleman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as he was a Governor of Mill Lane School.

Councillor Nelson declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as he was a Member of Tristar Homes Limited Management Board.

Councillor Mrs Rigg declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as she was a Member of Egglescliffe Parish Council.

Councillor Fletcher declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the item entitled Review of the Medium Term Financial Plan and Budget 2007/08 as he was a Member of Egglescliffe Parish Council.

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