Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Monday, 12th November, 2012
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Maurice Perry(Chairman), Cllr Norma Wilburn(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Carol Clark(Vice Cllr Paul Kirton) Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Norma Stephenson.
Officers:
Melanie Howard, Carol Straughan(DNS) Debbie Hurwood(RES), Graham Birtle and Kirsty Wannop(LDS).
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Paul Kirton, Cllr Andrew Sherris
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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CLLR P KIRTON
 
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 10TH SEPTEMBER 2012
 
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DRAFT MINUTES - 22ND OCTOBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that:
1) the Progress Updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed.
2) further information be provided as requested.
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REVIEW OF EMPTY / ABANDONED PROPERTIES
AGREED that the information be noted.
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WORK PROGRAMME
 
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
10.00am/11.00am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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The evacuation procedure was noted.
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40/12
The Committee wished Cllr Paul Kirton a speedy recovery from his illness in hospital.
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There were no interests declared.
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42/12
The minutes of the meeting held on 10th September 2012 were signed by the chairman as a correct record.
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43/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 22nd October 2012.
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Members considered the assessments of progress on the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the EIT reviews of Events, Art and Tourism; Highways (Task and Finish); and Regeneration and Economic Development.

The Committee requested the following further information be supplied:-
- Updated completion date for the Events/Festivals Strategy.
- Whether the business case for an invest to save opportunity associated with Highway revenue spend would be included withing the MTFP for 2013/14.
- Savings from the review of Regeneration and Economic Development.
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Members received information regarding Enforced Sales Prcedure(ESP), which included:
- ESP were normally used as a last resort when all alternative informal and formal actions had been taken and exhausted by the Council in order to resolve the situation.
- ESP could only be carried out when the local authroity had placed a local land charge on the property. This would be carried out if the local authroity had carried out works in default as the owner was untraceable or unwilling to act. The owner would be given the opportunity to repay the debt prior to sale.
- A flowchart was provided to show Members a visual route of how ESP was reached.
- It was highlighted how important it was for service area's to record any work in default with land charges. The Committee agreed to include this in their final recommendations.

Members also received information regarding the 'No Use Empty' campaign which Kent County Council launched in 2005. Since 2005 Bristol City Council had now adopted the No Use Empty brand and were liasing with Kent County Council to help reinstate empty and derelict properties. The Committee were provided with information on the work which had been undertaken within the campign. The significant difference between Kent County Council and Stockton Borough Council was the number of staff Kent County Council had compared to Stockton. It was also noted that there had been more publicity into the help that was available. Members highlighted the need for more information to communicated throughout the borough on what was available to help bring properties back into use.

The Committee were informed that the Council Tax consultation was underway and so far the responses received were mainly positive.

Members congratulated officers for the high level of information which had been provided up to now for the review.
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The next meeting was 3rd December 2012 and Members would consider the first draft recommendations.
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The Chair had nothing to update.

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