Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

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

Date:
Monday, 7th July, 2014
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton on Tees, 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 Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Phillip Dennis, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Paul Kirton, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Norma Stephenson O.B.E
Officers:
Paul Dobson, Louise McDonald(DNS) Peter Lacey(RES), Rory Parkin-Sherwood(TVU), Graham Birtle and Kirsty Wannop(LDS).
In Attendance:
Peter Nears(The Peel Group).
Apologies for absence:
None
Item Description Decision
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 26TH MARCH 2014
The minutes of the meeting held on 26th March 2014 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
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DRAFT MINUTES - 12TH MAY 2014
AGREED the minutes be approved subject to minor amendments.
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REVIEW OF THE FUTURE OF DURHAM TEES VALLEY
AIRPORT

AGREED
1. the amended initial report be circulated.
2. the information be noted.
10.30am/12.30pm

Preamble

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There were no interests declared.
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Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 12th May 2014.
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The Committee was presented with information from the Strategic Planning Director from The Peel Group. The main information provided included:-
- In the Local Growth Fund (LGF) bid there had been success in securing funding for the local access road to open up Southside. He thanked Rory Sherwood-Parkin and Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) for the work they did supported by Paul Dobson and his team at SBC.
- The presentation was to provide context for the current position in terms of the sector because DTVA was not unique in the challenges it faced.
- There were a number of studies that showed the importance of DTVA to the region of the connectivity particularly to head offices based elsewhere and also local people flying. For the wider aviation role there were activities carried out that serve the country as a whole e.g. the fire training school. The government sometimes neglected that awareness in its consideration of policy. Local airports were significant employers and focal points for economic clusters. The Regeneris report emphasised the importance of the airport to the wider Tees Valley economy.
- The recession had a major impact on local airport and the North East as a whole. A chart showing regional airport passenger numbers during recession indicated that DTVA fell 77%. In 1978 a White Paper on Airports that categorised them established an hierarchy that was still reflected today. Passenger numbers fell during recession so the airlines limited/consolidated their services to the larger airports.
- KLM flights to Schiphol were crucial to DTVA for business. Amsterdam was the de facto hub for most regional airports. The Heathrow service was lost which was reflected across a number of airports across the country. If the Heathrow link could be reinstated that would be incredibly important in terms of revenue to the airport and providing a valuable service for business travellers to London. The slots at Heathrow were very valuable (10m+) and operators want to use the largest planes possible which would be international or long haul flights.
- Airport Passenger Duty (APD) had been damaging for smaller regional airports and particularly for handling domestic services e.g. DTVA - Aberdeen - DTVA means APD is paid for both ways. Ireland had removed APD from April 2014 which saw Ryanair put on more services from Shannon Airport which was a smaller Irish airport. In terms of our government's policy they suggest links should be by rail.
- Meetings of regional airport operators and government had led to Discussion Paper 6 being produced by the Airports Commission. Rory Sherwood-Parkin from TVU is working on putting together a consultation response. The paper raises some important issues which needed to be addressed about getting slots into Heathrow or whatever expansion of airport capacity becomes available in London. A national hub needs the spokes provided by regional airports therefore the links should be ring fenced.
- The employment park would focus on logistic development through port centric logistics spreading out to satellite distribution sites. Businesses want large, flat single ownership sites so with the new road there would be demand for that site.

Members raised the following points/comments/questions:-
- Although the domestic market would be nice to have the suggestion seems to be that the core business for DTVA should be business users.
- The housing on the site shouldn't set a precedent in terms of further housing development. The monies raised from the housing planned on the site needed to all be reinvested into DTVA.
- Relocation of the train station terminal needed to improve a passenger journeys and work needed to be done to encourage it to be delivered.
- The Master Plan needed to be able to drive further growth if it is possible.

It was agreed to rectify the minor inaccuracies from the initial report.

The Committee thanked Peter Nears for his attendance and the information he provided to the Committee. Cllr Perry assured Peter Nears that the Committee, councillors and officers of SBC support the airport to a better future.

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