Agenda and minutes

Economic & Community Development Advisory Committee
Thursday, 25th June, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks

Contact: Democratic Services 01732 227199  Email: democratic.services@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

Resolved: That Cllr. Hogarth be appointed as Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing municipal year.

 

 (Cllr. Hogarth in the Chair)

 

2.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

Minutes:

Resolved: That Cllr. Abraham be appointed as Vice Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing municipal year.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Any interests not already registered

Minutes:

No additional declarations of interest were made.

 

CHANGE IN ORDER OF AGENDA ITEMS

With the agreement of the Committee, the Chairman advised that he move back his Portfolio Holder update to be taken after agenda item 7.

4.

Referrals from Cabinet or the Audit Committee

Minutes:

There were none.

5.

Role of the Advisory Committee and Key Challenges pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a short presentation by the Chief Housing Officer, Head of Economic Development & Property, Health & Community Services Manager and Community Safety Manager on the role of the Committee, its areas of responsibility and key issues and challenges facing those areas. 

 

Action 1: External website links for: West Kent Leader Grant programme; the Sevenoaks District Council Safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults; Sevenoaks District Community Grants Scheme; and Sevenoaks District Sports Council and Arts Council to be circulated to all Members of the Advisory Committee

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

 

 

6.

Visit Kent - 2015 Priorities pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Presentation by Cheryl Parker, Head of Development, Partnerships and Funding at Visit Kent

Minutes:

Members received a presentation from Cheryl Parker, Head of Development, Partnerships and Funding at Visit Kent.

 

Queries were raised with regards to the efficacy of the search engines and website links on the Visit Kent and Visit Sevenoaks website, with particular reference to Westerham.  A member of the public who worked on the Westerham Town Partnership website amongst others, addressed the Committee raising some questions and offering her services for free.  It was requested that direct contact be made with town partnerships rather than through the Parish and Town Councils.   The Health & Community Services Manager advised that the Visit Sevenoaks District Website was still under development and that initially contact was made via the Parish and Town Councils, and then to other organisations such as town partnerships.  The Chairman gave assurance that the Council was keen to get the best possible representation for every community across the whole District. 

 

In response to a question concerning the lack of night time economy information, Cheryl Parker advised that there was work being carried out and better communication of arts and culture events and theatre, cinema and festivals etc but much of the information relied on it being communicated to them especially for the events section.  It was suggested the online form may be too complicated.  The Health & Community Services Manager responded that under the developing ‘Visit Sevenoaks’ site she would look to develop a theme of ‘things to do after dark.’

 

Overnight stay capacity was not as good as the rest of Kent, however the fall in recent numbers would not appear to be due to lack of capacity and was in line with national tourism trends..  Despite the reduction spend per head had increased, and there was an increase in overseas visitors.

 

The Chairman thanked Cheryl on behalf of the Committee.

7.

Update from Portfolio Holder pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Minutes:

The Chairman and Portfolio Holder for Economic & Community Development, tabled a list detailing which committees each member of the Advisory Committee sat on, and requested that Members had mind to economic and community development issues when sitting elsewhere. 

 

Action 2:  The Head of Economic Development & Property to circulate tips and information on improving Broadband speed.

 

 

8.

Sevenoaks District Community Safety Partnership Annual Report - Presentation pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Community Safety Manager gave a brief presentation on the Sevenoaks District Community Safety Partnership Annual Report.

 

Action 3:  The Community Safety Manager to circulate links to the Council’s Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults  and the Kent County Council rogue traders information.

9.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 13 KB

Minutes:

The work plan was noted with the following additions agreed:

 

24 September 2015

 

·         Economic Development Strategy Update to include the Business Barometer

·         Hotel Study

·         Community Safety Plan – Annual Report

 

19 January 2016

·         Community Safety Strategic Plan

·         West Kent Leader – Update

·         Emergency Plan/Business Continuity

·         Community Grant Scheme

 

17 April 2016

·         Draft Community Safety Plan 2016/17

·         Dunton Green Project - Update

 

 

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