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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Amirah Cole.
To consider the minutes of the last meeting held on the 28th July 2021
On some of the refused applications the reason given is insufficient funds, yet this is not true for all cases. Unfortunately, some of the reasons for refusal were not recorded in full detail. The officer apologised for this oversight and said in future full details for refusal on all applications will be recorded.
There is an error referring to Area Committee 3 instead of 4.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the previous Meeting held on 28th July 2021 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
To hear any declaration of interests from Councillors on the Area Committee.
There were no declarations of interest.
Members of the public may make a written statement ask a question or present a petition and is about a matter which is the responsibility of the committee concerned. Your statement or question will be sent to the Committee and be available in the meeting room one hour before the meeting.
Please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following requirements apply:
· The statement is received no later than 12.00 noon on the working day before the meeting 17th November 2021.
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Members considered the public forum statements and questions submitted in advance of the meeting. Becky Atkinson, Sarah Cemlyn, Michal Ostromecki appeared in person to speak to their statements.
Members noted the statements submitted.
There was a discussion about how members of the public and organisations can be more aware of how these meetings work. Anyone that has submitted a proposal has been informed of the meeting and process. There was an acknowledgment that some people (especially from underrepresented groups) would need additional guidance about how the process works. A simple pdf guide would be helpful for members and the public.
The report recommends funding decisions on submitted proposals for CIL and S106 funding; decisions on previously-allocated sums of S106 and CIL which are either underspent or have not been drawn-down; a decision on a proposal to ‘pair wards’ within the AC area.
The Community Resources Manager presented the report and drew attention to the following:
a. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) available to the Area Committee totalled £1,412,364.54 (£714,234.78 General Expenditure, £698,129.76 Old Market Neighbourhood Development Plan).
b. The Section 106 (S106) available to the Area Committee totalled £328,016.71
c. The following projects were invited to submit stage 2 full proposals:
An outline was provided to Committee on the proposals detailed in the table above.
In response to questions from Councillors the CRM clarified that:
a. Due to officer error, the Architecture Centre and Recliffe Gardening Group proposals were unable to be brought forward to this committee. These proposals could be presented at an additional meeting of the Committee or be pushed into next year.
ACTION KH to schedule meeting for end of January or early February. This should ideally combine the two outstanding proposals, the tree allocation and the policy / strategy issues raised in this meeting.
b. There were 18 proposals, if the Committee approved all of them there would be a budget overspend of £75,000. It was not uncommon to have overspend at these meetings as more funding would be coming in.
RESOLVED Committee approved an overspend of £75,000 (with one abstention).
c. The Committee would welcome more applications from underrepresented groups. An away day / workshop for Members would be helpful to discuss how to achieve this. The Mayoral Commissions could be invited to assist.
d. Regarding proposal 2 (Montpelier Park), Members queried why the bid was for two green spaces where other parks proposals were generally on an individual basis. These two greens are very small, so officers recommended that they should be combined.
e. Regarding proposal 4 (Soundwell Road). This was a difficult road presenting many ... view the full minutes text for item 5.