Agenda and draft minutes

Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 7th February, 2019 6.45 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Greenwood, Councillor Banks attended as substitute, Councillor Ladhams, Councillor Patterson attended as substitute, and from Councillor Thompson.



To confirm and approve the minutes EEc/18/12/18  to EEc/25/12/18 of the meeting of this Committee held on 6 December 2018 as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).


RESOLVED that the minutes EEc/18/12/18 to EEc/25/12/18 of the meeting of this Committee held on 6 December 2018 be recorded as a correct record of those proceedings.



Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.



No declarations of interest were made at this meeting.


Portfolio Holder Update pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To receive a verbal update and ask questions of the Commercial Services Portfolio Holder. The latest version of the Portfolio Plan is attached for reference.

Additional documents:


Apologies had been received from Councillor Slee, Commercial Services Portfolio Holder.


Councillor Slee had requested the Assistant Director Commercial Services attend the meeting to update Members on the work of the Commercial Services Portfolio. Councillor Slee intended to attend the next meeting of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee in April.


Members received the answers to some questions which had been submitted in advance by Councillor Greenwood.


1.            Question: What news is there about the employment of a new Business and Marketing Officer?


Answer: The recruitment has commenced for the Business and Marketing Officer. Hopefully the new post holder will be in place for the new financial year when the budget has been agreed for.


2.            Question: Penrith Vision When will the full results of the Engagement Exercise be brought to Executive?


Answer: Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria are currently assisting the Council to consider and analyse the results of the Engagement Exercise. Due to the volume of theinformation received it is expected that this piece of work will take a considerable amount of time. It would seem unlikely the results will be available before May for Members to consider.


3.            Question: There are currently 7 businesses on the waiting list. When will these people be helped? What is stopping them from joining the scheme now?


Answer: The updated position is that the finance for the current year is completely committed. There is still a waiting list as there is no further finance available this financial year. The Council sets aside £30,000 each year for the apprenticeship schemes and each business gets between £1,000 and £2,000 per apprenticeship. The Council pays Appleby Heritage Centre £4,500 per year to administer the scheme. The total finance represents around half of the Economic Development budget of the Council.


4.    Question: Signature Events: I am pleased that work is ongoing to ensure support for events  throughout the district. I look forward to reading what support that will be.


Answer: This has links between two Portfolios – Commercial Services and Communities. Commercial Services looks after the funding for Penrith signature events and for the past three years this has been administered by Penrith Town Council under a Service Level Agreement. Over the last year, the Winter Droving and the Eden Food and Farming Festival has been supported. The management of the funding will come back in house in the next financial year if the growth bid is agreed by Council. This will only be for one year and it is expected that a further report will be provided to Council to see if Members wish to support a further three years of funding after the Elections in May. Having surety of funding for events is always highlighted as essential by event organisers.


There is funding set aside in the Communities Portfolio budget for the support of events outside of Penrith for the next three years.


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Commercial Services and Tourism Services Review

To receive an update on the activities of the Commercial Services and Tourism Services teams.


An update for this item was delivered at the same time as the Portfolio Holder Update item.


Scrutiny Co-ordinating Board Update

To receive a verbal update from the Chairman of the Committee.


The Committee received a verbal update from the Chairman of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee.


RESOLVED that the update be noted.


Environment & Economy Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider the attached report of the Chairman of the Committee

Additional documents:


Members considered report G13/19 from the Chairman of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee which set out current and possible future agenda items for the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee. The report invited suggestions for possible agenda items for all non-Executive Members.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Any Other Items which the Chairman decides are urgent


No items of urgent business were discussed at this meeting.


Date of the Next Scheduled Meeting

The date of the next scheduled meeting is 25 April 2019.


The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 25 April 2019.