Local democracy during coronavirus

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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

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6.

Declarations of Interest

At this point, Members are asked to declare:

 

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

 

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

Members were asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests or any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interest that they might have in respect of the business on the agenda. In respect of agenda item 5 [Inward Investment Strategy Update] and 6 [Economic Recovery Strategy Update] Cllr Daubeney declared a non-prejudicial interest as a former employee of the council in economic development and inward investment. There were no further declarations of interest.

 

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Committee meetings held on 11 March 2020 and 24 November 2020.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Taylor asked for clarification on the resolution in minute 61 of the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020. The Chair agreed to follow this up with the Chair of the Customer and Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee. Concerning the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2020, Cllr Douglas expressed concern about the minutes not reflecting the full discussion at the meeting.

 

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020 and 24 November 2020 be approved and signed by the Chair at a later date.

 

 

 

To approve and sign the minutes of the Committee meetings held on 11 March 2020 and 24 November 2020.

 

8.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Friday 19 February 2021.

 

To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.  

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings

 

Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registered speakers registered under the councils public participation scheme.

9.

Q3 Finance and Performance Monitor pdf icon PDF 261 KB

This report provides details of the 2020/21 forecast outturn position for both finance and performance across services within the Economy and Place Directorate. The paper incorporates data to December 2020 as reported to Executive on 11 February 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the Quarter 3 Finance and Performance Monitor. Annex A of the report detailed the Economy and Place Performance against the Council Plan Outcomes. Annex B detailed the Scrutiny Performance Scorecard. The Finance Manager, Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Environment, Interim Director of Place and Head of Economic Growth were in attendance to answer questions about the report. The Finance Manager outlined the report, highlighting the deficit and reductions in income, some of which were expected to worsen, for example in parking income. In response to questions from Members they noted that:

·        The vacancy rate was up but below the national average

·        There were six property vacancies across the council portfolio

·        Income was formulated differently for different lines in budgets according to different MHCLG formulas.

·        In relation to COVID-19 spending an overspend was forecast and the council may need to tap into its reserves to cover this

·        The council was behind in costs received from the government. Where costs for COVID-19 were from the covid grant and from the MHCLG, funds had been received for the first quarter

·        The checks and balances for covid grants were undertaken by the Customer, Resident and Exchequer Services team and there were specific web checks for this. Additional resources had been put into the team to support this.

·        An overview of the grants available to support businesses was given and businesses were encouraged to apply for the grants even if they did not think they were eligible

·        Concerning the drop in recycling there had been challenges in quarter two because of the covid response and introduction of social distancing

·        The Assistant Director Transport, Highways and Environment undertook to check why there had been a drop in recycling rates

·        Litter had reduced as there were less people out due to COVID restrictions

 

Following discussion about support for residents it was

 

Resolved:

                     i.        That a recommendation be made to the Customer and Corporate Service Scrutiny Management Committee for the council to make sure that residents were in receipt of their full entitlement to benefits.

                    ii.        That the latest finance and performance position be noted.

Reason:     In order to be updated on the latest finance and performance.

 

 

10.

Inward Investment Strategy Update - Information Only Report pdf icon PDF 150 KB

This report provides an update on the York’s approach to Inward Investment.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report that provided an update on York’s approach to Inward Investment. The Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, Interim Director of Place and Head of Economic Growth were in attendance to update Members on inward investment.

 

The Head of Economic Growth detailed the different types of inward investment and noted the development of the prospectus for inward investment in the city. He explained how inward investment was brought into York and the importance of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in supporting work on inward investment. He noted the brief to the master developers for York Central. In response to a question from a Member he explained that immersive storytelling was the use of modern media and technology to produce compelling stories.

 

[The meeting adjourned from 17:27 to 17:32 to allow external participants to be brought into the meeting]

 

The Chair welcomed the Managing Director of Make it York (MiY), President of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (CoC) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to the meeting. They were in attendance to participate in discussions with the Committee on inward investment. They each, in turn explained the work of their organisations and its relationship with the council.

 

Members asked about the resources available for inward investment. The MiY Managing Director explained that there was a limited resource for inward investment and that its profile needed to be raised. He added that beyond MiY, inward investment was a regional function of the LEP. The COO of the York and North Yorkshire LEP noted that there was value in sharing resource for inward investment back office functions, which would encourage collaborative working and understanding how tasks could be broken down. The President of the York and North Yorkshire CoC noted that the pandemic had demonstrated the effectiveness of working together and encouraged participation in the consultation process. The Interim Director of Place added that the pandemic response had shown how well public private partnerships could work.

 

Members asked how many inward investment leads there had been and were advised that in 6 months there had been 13 enquiries from a mix of indigenous and foreign investors. They were advised of a further lead, which if realised would create 200 jobs in the city. The COO of the York and North Yorkshire LEP noted that for foreign direct investment, larger sites were needed which were not available in York. The MiY Managing Director highlighted the importance of York Central and the Head of Economic Growth noted that there was a number of companies moving into York.

 

When asked about the process for inward investment, the MiY Managing Director explained that it was about relationship building which was a long term process. The Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning noted that he had been directly approached with enquiries and added that it was about maximising awareness. This was supported by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Economic Recovery Strategy Update - Information Only Report pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report provides an update on the economic recovery strategy.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report that provided an update on the economic recovery strategy. The Head of Economic Growth outlined the report and its annexes, noting the challenges around employment. He explained that the progress of the economic strategy had been impacted by COVID-19. He advised that engagement would take place during early summer and there was a number of pieces of engagement, for example the Local Transport Plan. He added that the Skills Board had met and was meeting that week to look at the Skills Plan to ring forward a one year Skills Plan.  The Interim Director of Place noted that the council would like to have an inclusive conversation about the economic strategy and the enforced partnership working through the pandemic would continue. She also advised the need to understand the impact of the pandemic and Brexit on the economic strategy.

 

In response to Member questions they explained that:

Work on secondary shopping areas had begun with a proposal for growth funding for capita projects being written up.

Work in inclusion in the heritage skills sector had begun.

Regarding the expected influx of domestic tourists to the city post lockdown in summer this was a balance of safety and security in the city centre, this would begin with a focus on outdoor spaces via footstreets and café licences. It was noted that York needed to be promoted as a good place to visit.

 

Members recognised the contribution of local businesses during the pandemic.

 

Resolved: That the Economic Recovery Strategy Update be noted.

 

Reason:     In order to be update on the Economic Recovery Strategy.

 

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