Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Monday, 15th July, 2013
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, The Square, 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 Norma Wilburn(Vice Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Carol Clark(Sub Cllr Paul Kirton), Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Phillip Dennis, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg and Cllr Norma Stephenson O.B.E.
Officers:
Melanie Howard, Gary Knight (DNS), Kate Fulton(RES), Graham Birtle, Sarah Whaley (L&D).
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Paul Kirton.
Item Description Decision
Public
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16/13
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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17/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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18/13
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 22ND APRIL 2013
AGREED that the minutes be signed.
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19/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 3RD JUNE 2013
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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20/13
REVIEW OF EMPTY/ABANDONED PROPERTIES
AGREED that the

1) the business case be presented to a future Cabinet meeting.

2) a six monthly update be brought back to this committee.
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21/13
REVIEW OF USE OF DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
AGREED that:

1) Scope and Project Plan be agreed.

2) the information be noted and all further information requested be provided as detailed above
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22/13
WORK PROGRAMME
 
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23/13
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
10.00 - 11.00am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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16/13
The Evacuation procedure was noted.
RTS
17/13
There were no declarations of interest.
RTS
18/13
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 22nd April 2013 for signature.
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19/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting which was held on the 3rd June 2013 for approval.
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20/13
Members were presented with an ‘invest to save' business case as requested by Cabinet following a recent Scrutiny Review of empty and abandoned properties within the Borough.

The Committee were asked to accept the business case prior to it being presented to a future Cabinet meeting where recommendations would be sought to secure a one off ‘invest to save' resource of 92,000 to enable long term empty properties to be brought back into use.

Officers informed members that an increase in the number of empty homes had been seen, however if the recommendations highlighted within the business case was approved by Cabinet, there was a potential to generate 1.67million in income over a seven year period.

Members congratulated Officers and the Private Sector Housing Manager in particular, for the hard work which had been undertaken in order to prepare the business case and asked that an update report is brought back to this Committee every six months.
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21/13
Members were asked to receive and consider the Scope and Project Plan, together, with an introduction for the ‘Review of Use of Demographic Information'.

It was highlighted to the Committee that the use of Demographic information must be correct to give the authority the best possible chance of success when applying for funding making decisions.

Members were informed that the initial scope of the review was large and as much information as possible was pulled together, however it was highlighted that it was important that the information was meaningful.

The Business Support and Improvement Manager presented the Committee with a presentation, ‘Use of Demographic Information in Policy and Decision Making'.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

- the importance of using the correct demographic information to secure funding for Stockton and achieving the right decisions for the Borough.

- the basic definition of demographic information which was broken down into population statistics, gender, age. ethnicity, disability and religious belief.

- the value of intelligence.

- nationally available demographic information which could be sourced from the Office for National Statistics(ONS) website. Most of the basic census information was held on this site, however if researchers were not used to the website the information was not always easy to understand, leaving it open to interpretation. Bespoke information was available from the ONS at a cost.

- regionally available information was also available from the ONS, however Stockton Borough Council had a wealth of information held within its own systems which could be tapped into. Some information was duplicated across the authority and in some cases it was difficult to data match information across systems, highlighting a need for one system to capture information.

- there were various additional sources of supporting information available locally, regionally and nationally, however some sources were still in the early stages of development and some required subscription. There were however forums which could be joined which operated on a question and answer basis.

- discussion took place around the requests received for demographic information from members of the public, businesses and Councillors. Information requested, needed to be easy to find and understand. Members discussed looking at case studies across each service area identifying good and not so good practice, how easy information gathering was and if all that was requested was available and easy to understand, especially when this information was required when decision making. It was also suggested that best practice across neighbouring authorities be looked at and adopted where necessary. Members requested that officers look at various case studies and bring back their findings to the next scheduled meeting of this Committee.

Members made the following suggestions in relation to gathering and presenting demographic information:

- data to be shown using figures and not percentages

- look at work partners have carried out such as recent studies carried out by the Health and Wellbeing Partnership.

- determine the technological capabilities within the authority to enable us to achieve what is needed.
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22/13
The Work Programme was noted.
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23/13
There was no Chairs Update.

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