Venue: City Hall, College green, Bristol BS1 5TR
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Election of Chair
Recommendation that the Area Committee formally elects its Chairperson for the Committee
Cllr Ruth Pickersgill was elected as Chair
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from:
Chair confirmed that the meeting was still quorate.
Terms of Reference
Recommendation that the Area Committee formally adopts the Terms of Reference
It was RESOLVED that the Terms of Reference be formally adopted.
It was noted that the ToR had already been through full council and each area committee operates under the same principles.
Declarations of Interest
Cllr English declared an interest in St Werburghs City Farm
Cllr Breckels declared an interest as a member of Friends of Trooper’s Hill, but that he was not involved directly in their bid
Cllr Craig declared an interest in the Café with toilet scheme in St George’s Park
Members made the general point that several of them had an interest in projects in their ward (as is natural for Ward Councillors) but had no formal position in those projects
Public Forum Statements
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College Green, Bristol BS1 5UY. The following requirement applies:
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Russ Leith re: Castle Park Security NOTED
Lucille Leith re: Castle Park Security NOTED
Erica Norris re: Castle Park Security, Castle Park Playground, Fairfax and Union Street speeding NOTED
Mark Ashdown re: Tree Planting. Mr Ashdown provided a commentary on his statement, requesting funding be allocated to planting trees in 22 sites across the AC4 area.
There was discussion about Redcliffe Hill underpass and debate over whether it would qualify for CIL funding requirements. Legal advice being used by transport officers is that it would not qualify, but this was disputed by some members. The advice was not made available to Councillors and there were no transport officers available at the meeting.
Some members were concerned that this a priority identified by residents at a public meeting and therefore it was not appropriate the project was not being developed as a Stage 2 Proposal for the Area Committee by Transport because it was not on their ‘offer list’ to ACs. Some members felt the advice on eligibility was vague and incorrect e.g. that CIL couldn’t be used to fund gating of the underpass.
As the committee cannot agree a proposal without a report, an additional meeting was requested with an appropriate report from transport colleagues. Action: Keith H
Members also asked that the legal advice provided to Transport officers about CIL eligibility should be made available to AC4 councillors
Members were asked to note ongoing projects then approve each proposal in turn.
ALL PROJECTS were NOTED
FUNDS AVAILABLE were NOTED
KH noted that there was more funding available than in May and all proposals could be approved within the current envelope. For each proposal, the committee was asked to choose whether to use s.106 or CIL.
A question was asked about the Old Market planning area, which is included within Area Committee 4. Money from Old Market has to be spent there, but the rules are not clear. A meeting in May sketched out the limit of the CIL, with 2 pots generated by OMPA. Funds were not committed then, but the Chair has confirmed it was able to be spent. OMPA has generated £90k, which is currently unallocated.
ACTION KH to ask officers to flag in reports when OMPA funding is available or appropriate and to explore how to work with the Old Market Neighbourhood Planning Forum around their CIL funding for future AC decision making .
ITEM 1 St Pauls Adventure Playground Bakery and Teaching Kitchen
Members noted that landowner permission for the development was pending for this project. This is due to BCC retaining ownership of the building and needing to give permission as landlord. The CAT process for transfer to the lease to APE should also be finalised.
£100,000 of CIL funding:
AGREED subject to landlord permission (Bristol City Council)
ITEM 2 Scrapstore Accessible Access Routes
£29,764 of CIL funding:
ITEM 3 St Werburgh’s City Farm Infrastructure Investment
Questions were raised on whether staffing and management costs of this project were eligible under CIL. Propagation place may not qualify. St Werburgh’s City Farm indicated that replacement of groundwork and the repair of the roof on the community building could be substituted for the staffing costs proposed in the Stage 2 Proposal, which would be eligible for CIL. At some point within a capital project there may be revenue costs.
AGREED – ... view the full minutes text for item 6.