Agenda and decisions

Special Meeting, Strategy and Resources Committee
Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 7.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Question Time

To take any questions from members of the Public.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in respect of any item of business to be considered at the meeting.

Decision:

The following declarations of interests were made in relation to the business to be considered at the meeting:

 

The Wells Redevelopment

All Members of the Committee, Other Interest: All Members of the Committee had received a number of emails with regard to the Wells.

 

Distribution of Grant Funding to Voluntary Organisations

Councillor Barry Nash, Other Interest: Councillor Barry Nash declared that he was a Trustee of Age Concern through his role as the Chair of the Council's Community & wellbeing Committee.

 

Distribution of Grant Funding to Voluntary Organisations

Councillor David Gulland, Other Interest: Councillor David Gulland declared that he had been an active volunteer at the Food Bank for a number of years.

 

Distribution of Grant Funding to Voluntary Organisations

Councillor Kate Chinn, Other Interest: Councillor Kate Chinn declared that she was a volunteer with Age Concern and was well acquainted with the Chief Executive of that organisation.

 

3.

The Wells Redevelopment pdf icon PDF 136 KB

This report updates Committee on the Wells site following the Council’s Planning Committee on 9 July 2020.  It recommends a feasibility study be undertaken to enable Committee to consider the cost and layout implications of a revised scheme.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration, it was resolved that the Committee:

(1)      Agreed to the preparation of additional feasibility work on options for a revised scheme;

(2)      Approved a budget of up to £25,000 to cover the costs of the feasibility work, to be funded from the Corporate Projects Reserve;

(3)      Agreed to a report being brought back to this Committee as soon as the feasibility work has been completed.

 

 

4.

Road to Recovery pdf icon PDF 104 KB

This paper sets out the challenges facing Epsom and Ewell’s local economy as a result of COVID-19 and the positive action being taken by the Council to support the road to economic recovery.

Decision:

Following consideration, it was resolved that the Committee:

(1)      Noted the challenges facing Epsom and Ewell’s economy as a result of COVID-19 and its aftermath;

(2)      Confirmed its support for the range of actions set out in the report being taken by the Council to support local businesses and the wider economy with the process of recovery.

5.

Distribution of Grant Funding to Voluntary Organisations pdf icon PDF 90 KB

The report seeks the allocation of grant funding to support those most impacted by COVID-19 and on-going pressures for winter 2020, including transition towards EU exit.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration, it was resolved that the Committee:

(1)      Agreed the full allocation of £38,598.65 of the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies to the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank;

(2)      Agreed the award of £10,000 from the EU Exit funding for local government, with the funds being awarded equally to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age Concern.

6.

Developing a pipeline for future investment pdf icon PDF 86 KB

As part of the Council’s active engagement in the recovery of the local economy in Epsom and Ewell, it is important that the Council takes steps to ensure the borough is in a position to access inward investment opportunities from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the County Council, and from Government. 

 

Key to this is developing a pipeline of future investment opportunities that are capable of being brought forward in a reasonable timeframe.  This report recommends that a one-off budget of £50,000 be allocated to enable the Council to progress the development of this future investment pipeline.

Decision:

Following consideration, it was resolved that the Committee:

(1)      Agreed to the allocation of £50,000 to support the development of a pipeline of future investment opportunities for Epsom and Ewell to be financed from the Council’s corporate projects reserve;

(2)      Agreed that development proposals arising from this work be brought back to Strategy & Resources Committee for consideration.

 

 

 

7.

Telecommunications Equipment Wells Road pdf icon PDF 127 KB

A request for siting of telecommunication equipment has been received on Council owned land at Wells Road.  Permission for its siting is sought and agreement to a ten year lease on terms to be negotiated.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration, it was resolved that the Committee:

(1)      Noted the provisions in the Electronic Communications Code (with effect from December 2017) with its significant changes favouring the presumption of approval for telecommunications masts and limiting the grounds for objection by land owners and occupiers of land.

(2)      Agreed the siting of a telecommunication mast on Council owned land at Wells Road, Epsom; and 

(3)      Agreed to permit the instruction of an independent surveyor to act on behalf of EEBC to negotiate and agree Heads of Terms with the cost to be met by the operator; and

(4)      Agreed to enter a lease for a term of 10 years, with authority to agree terms and conditions delegated to the Chief Legal Officer.