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ERG 20/1

Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 3 KB

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made in accordance with the Code of Conduct.  However, in the interest of transparency, Councillors R Betts and M Coffin both advised that their businesses had received grants under the West Kent LEADER Programme (Minute ERG 20/8 refers).

ERG 20/2

Minutes pdf icon PDF 186 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Notes of the meeting of the Economic Regeneration Advisory Board held on 5 November 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the notes of the meeting of the Economic Regeneration Advisory Board held on 5 November 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

ERG 20/3

Economic Impact of Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 3 KB

Presentation by the Economic Regeneration Manager

Minutes:

To assist the Board’s consideration of the matters presented to the meeting the Economic Regeneration Manager provided an overview of the impact the Coronavirus Pandemic had had on the economy of the Borough.

Matters for Recommendation to the Cabinet

ERG 20/4

Economic Regeneration Strategy pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To present an initial consultation draft and ideas for the Borough Economic Recovery Strategy for consideration by the Board and to agree a timetable for consultation and adoption arrangements.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision Notice D200056MEM

 

The report of the Chief Executive outlined proposals for a revision of the Borough’s current Economic Regeneration Strategy to ensure that it was fit for purpose in supporting the local economic recovery following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  Attention was drawn to the strategic link with the Kent Economic Renewal and Resilience Plan which sets out county-wide actions to support economic revival and identifies three key principles of ‘Cleaner and Greener’, ‘Productive and Open’ and ‘Better Opportunities, Fairer Chances’. 

 

It was anticipated that the consultation with key economic partners would be undertaken over a four week period (10 September to 8 October) and a report on the adoption of a Borough Economic Recovery Strategy submitted to the next meeting of the Advisory Board.

 

RECOMMENDED: That

 

(1)          the following be included in the consultation on the draft Borough Economic Recovery Strategy (as set out at section 1.3 of the report):

 

-       the economic vision, as set out in the Cabinet report of 3 June 2020 regarding the Corporate Strategy First Year Addendum, be used for the purposes of the Economic Recovery Strategy;

 

-       the adoption of the five channels and three key principles identified in the Kent Economic Renewal and Resilience Plan;

 

-       a shorter timescale (2021-2023) than that previously used for the Economic Regeneration Strategy; and

 

-       the measures set out in Appendix 1 relating to the Action Plan – Priority Actions.

 

(2)          the framework for the consultation on the draft strategy, as detailed in paragraph 1.4 of the report, be approved. 

ERG 20/5

Shopfront Improvements Scheme pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Over the past 18 months, the Borough Council has been running various Shopfront Improvement Schemes to support our local businesses and help improve the look and feel of our town and local centres. This report provides an update on these schemes and sets out next steps.

Minutes:

Decision Notice D200057MEM

 

The report of the Chief Executive provided an update on the two Shopfront Improvement Schemes operated by the Borough Council to support local businesses and improve the attractiveness of the Borough’s town and local retail centres.

 

RECOMMENDED:  That

 

(1)          an additional promotional exercise of the Local Centres and Parades Scheme be undertaken in October 2020 to encourage further take up of the Scheme; and

 

(2)          the proposal to close the Local Centres and Parades Scheme to new applications by 31 March 2021 be agreed. 

ERG 20/6

Business Rates Retention Pilot and Pool pdf icon PDF 229 KB

This report gives an update on the Business Rates Retention Pilot and Business Rates Pool funding and puts forward possible priorities for funding in light of the impact of Covid-19.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision Notice D200058MEM

 

The report of the Chief Executive provided an update on the Business Rates Retention Pilot and Business Rates Pool funding and advised that, following total or committed spend to date, £560,000 remained to fund initiatives which supported growth (subject to the support and agreement of the County Council).  Consideration was given to a number of potential initiatives (set out at Appendix 1 to the report) which reflected the need to strengthen the resilience of the local economy and the future of town centres in the light of the impact of Covid-19 and embraced economic and environmental opportunities arising from the green agenda.

 

RECOMMENDED:  That

 

(1)          the report be noted;

 

(2)          the initial options to support the local economy (as set out in Appendix 1 to the report) be approved; and

 

(3)          a list of proposed options for endorsement be reported to a future meeting of the Advisory Board prior to being shared with Kent County Council for its agreement.

Matters submitted for Information

ERG 20/7

East Malling Research Station - Recent Developments pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Following on from previous reports to the Board, this report gives an update on the Growing Kent & Medway ‘Strength in Places’ Fund bid and the Local Growth Fund 3b (LGF3b) bid, both of which have implications for the future development of the East Malling Research Station site.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive reported that the Growing Kent and Medway consortium led by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany East Malling Research (NIAB EMR) had been successful in securing £18m of ‘Strength in Places’ funding for horticultural sector initiatives within Kent, which included the development of a Green Tech Hub for Advanced Horticulture at EMR.  Additionally, the report advised that NIAB EMR had successfully bid for Local Growth Fund Round 3b funding and been awarded £1.7m for the creation of new greenhouses and energy centre at East Malling Research Station. 

ERG 20/8

West Kent Leader Programme - Update pdf icon PDF 138 KB

With the West Kent LEADER programme soon coming to an end, this report gives an overview of how the programme has performed and the types of initiatives that it has funded over the past five years.

Minutes:

The report provided an overview on the performance and initiatives funded through the West Kent LEADER programme over the past five years.  The Chairman advised that, as the programme was scheduled to finish at the end of December 2020, he had written to the MPs within West Kent requesting that they lobby the Government for further funding of this type of programme.

 

ERG 20/9

West Kent Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 196 KB

The key matters discussed at the meeting of the West Kent Partnership held on 10 July 2020 are set out for information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report presented details of the key matters discussed at the meeting of the West Kent Partnership held on 10 July 2020.

Matters for consideration in Private

ERG 20/10

Exclusion of Press and Public pdf icon PDF 4 KB

The Chairman to move that the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting during consideration of any items the publication of which would disclose exempt information.

 

Minutes:

There were no items considered in private.