Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Regeneration & Transport Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Monday, 16th July, 2012
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Maurice Perry(Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Paul Kirton, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr Norma Stephenson, Cllr Evaline Cunningham(Vice Cllr Norma Wilburn).
Officers:
Brian Buckley, John McMahon, Melanie Howard, Carol Straughan(DNS) Debbie Hurwood, Esme Hall(RES), Mark Dutton(Vela Group), Lesley Conroy(Coast and Country Housing), Graham Birtle and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
Cllr Derrick Brown
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Norma Wilburn,
Item Description Decision
Public
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16/12
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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17/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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18/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 30TH APRIL 2012
 
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19/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 11TH JUNE 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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20/12
EIT REVIEW OF HIGHWAYS
AGREED that the statements of progress be approved.
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21/12
JOHN TAYLOR
 
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22/12
REVIEW OF EMPTY / ABANDONED PROPERTIES
AGREED that the information be noted.
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23/12
WORK PROGRAMME
 
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24/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
10.00am/11.45am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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16/12
The evacuation procedure was noted.
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17/12
Cllr Andrew Sherris declared a personal non prejudicial interest in item number 7 as he had a long term empty property which was receiving the Council Tax discount.
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18/12
The Chairman signed the minutes as a correct record.
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19/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 11th June 2012.
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20/12
Members considered the action plan for the EIT Task & Finish Review of Highways.

The Committee requested information on any comments or complaints received regards highways or public footpaths since the reduction in some services as an impact of the review. Members were informed that a survey would be undertaken later this year on the public's views on Council services which included highways and footpaths.
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21/12
The Chair passed on the Committee's commiserations to John Taylor's friends and family and to Vela group after his death.
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22/12
Members received presentations regarding the Empty Homes Project and Council Tax Discounts and Exemption for Empty Dwellings. Members were also provided with an analysis report of long-term empty domestic properties.

The Committee firstly received the presentation on the Empty Homes Project. The main areas discussed included:-
- The Scheme was a partnership which looked to address the issues of long term empty properties, increase the number of affordable properties for rent and provide training, volunteering and work opportunities.
- In the first year the partnership was between Coast and Country Housing, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and two social enterprises that worked with young unemployed people. In 2011/12 the scheme was rolled out across the Tees Valley which was when Stockton Borough Council joined the scheme.
- A breakdown of how the scheme was funded and how the recyclable funding worked was provided.
- Outcomes had been identified for 2012-2015 for Stockton-on-Tees to bring 109 empty properties back into use from the scheme, a further 90 properties delivered through recyclable funds and training and employment opportunities for 30 young people.

Members queried whether a proposed development at Eaglescliffe could provide training and employments opportunities for young people within the Borough.

The Committee then received the presentation on Council Tax Discounts and Exemption for Empty Dwellings. The main area's discussed included:-
- The legislation surrounding Council Tax on second homes and long term empty properties and what discounts were provided.
- How the Local Government Finance Bill would affect what Councils could charge regards Council Tax on second homes and long term empty properties.
- What financial implications the Local Government Finance Bill would have and potential options which Stockton could take.
- What arrangements other authorities within the region had in place for second homes and long term empty properties.

Members were also provided with maps of the borough which indicated unoccupied residential hot spots and unoccupied commercial hot spots.
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23/12
The next meeting of the Committee was 10th September 2012.
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24/12
The Chair informed Members that Cllr Jim Beall would like to attend a Committee meeting to present a case study.

The Chair also informed Members that a report would be going back to Executive Scrutiny Committee on local shopping parades.

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