HARTLEPOOL NEW DEAL FOR COMMUNITIES
14 JANUARY 2010
Present: Michael Kay In The Chair
Bryon Hanna Resident Representative
Bob Farrow “ “
Mary Diver “ “
Evelyn Leck “ “
Maurice Brazell “ “
Edith Eglintine “ “
Jean Kennedy “ “
Thomas Laing “ “
Julie Rudge “ “
Marjorie James Private Sector Representative
Colin Wilson Housing Sector Representative
Jonathan Brash Hartlepool Borough Council Representative
Stuart Green “ “ “ “
Chris Simmons “ “ “ “
John Robinson Youth Theme Co-Chair
Fiona el Zaghdani GONE
Martin Booth Staff/Support
Brian Dixon “ “
Malcolm Walker “ “
Ian Worthy “ “
Andrew McCulloch Observer
Apologies: Rosa Leto Faith Groups Representative
Andy Summerbell Crime/Community Safety Sector Representative
Pamela Hargreaves Hartlepool Borough Council Representative
1 Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Michael Kay, from the Chair, wished a Happy New Year to all Steering Group
He informed Steering Group of the recent sad death of Dorothy Kennedy.
Dorothy had served this Steering Group and the communities of the NDC area,
mostly in a voluntary capacity, for many years.
The meeting stood as a mark of respect.
Members were keen to recognise their gratitude for Dorothy’s fine work,
particularly with the area’s ethnic minority communities, from the base of
Grange Road Methodist Church Hall, and it was agreed that a letter of Malcolm
appreciation be sent to Dorothy’s family, signed by the Partnership Chair.
It was also agreed to place a brief obituary in the next NDC newsletter. Brian
It was agreed to re-organise the agenda for this meeting
2 Finance Items
i) Strategic Land Purchase and NDC Development Trust
Brian Dixon summarised the written report, explaining that, following the
confirmation that Young Street site owner was unwilling to negotiate a sale of
the land to the NDC Trust, everything was in place to implement the previous
(conditional) Steering Group decisions.
Julie Rudge indicated that her intention to abstain was based on her
commitment to the Dent Derwent Residents Association’s resolve to continue
to seek a solution to the problem of the land.
Malcolm Walker explained why a suggestion that the Council should purchase
compulsorily could not be implemented.
It was AGREED (12 FOR, 0 AGAINST, 1 ABSTENTION) to discharge the
‘six month’ clause in the July 2009 approval and to discharge Condition One of Martin
the September 2009 approval, so that the sum of £116,515 can be transferred
for use on the ‘NDC Trust Phase Three’ Project, as approved.
3 Business Items
i) Finance Report
Martin Booth summarised the Finance Report, expressing confidence that
targets for spend in 2009-10 would be met and suggesting that the March 2010
meeting could be used to look at spending plans for 2010-11.
The report was NOTED without question or comment or a vote being taken. Martin
ii) Communications Strategy Update 2010-11
Julie Rudge declared a non-pecuniary interest in this matter (due to the
Residents Association, of which she is an office-bearer, carrying out delivery
Brian highlighted some of the key points in the report, which had been written
to reflect the latest thinking in, and decisions of, the Communications
The recommendations, (a) to (f) were noted and AGREED (13 FOR, 0 Brian
AGAINST, 0 ABSTENTIONS).
iii) Housing Progress
Malcolm covered the initial point in the written report, explaining the logic of
ceasing to provide Hartlepool Revival Board minutes to Steering Group, after
their approval, instead replacing them with Quarterly Housing Progress
Brian spoke on the report and gave some updates, that the report to Cabinet
(11.01.10) had been approved and that the Neighbourhood Action Plan is now
out to consultation (including the relevant housing section).
Jonathan Brash reported that HBC had approved the planning application for
the Belle Vue re-development. He also described the progress being made on
Landlord Licensing and Tenant Referencing and praised the NDC Partnership
for starting a ‘cascade’ on housing renewal and regeneration.
Colin Wilson reported on a meeting with the Homes and Communities
Agency and the possibility that sufficient funding would be forthcoming for
Belle Vue to be re-developed in a single phase. He commended the successful
examples of partnership working in Hartlepool, which had enabled the town to
acquire a strong reputation for its housing regeneration performance.
It was AGREED (14 FOR, 0 AGAINST, 0 ABSTENTIONS):
1) To note the report, as a summary of current housing programme progress.
2) To note that the approved minutes of the Board of Hartlepool Revival will
no longer be brought to Steering Group for information. Brian
iv) NDC Trust Progress Report
Malcolm highlighted key aspects of the Trust’s progress, that the Business
Plan had been accepted and that the Opening Doors work was making Malcolm/
significant progress. Martin/Sian
There were no comments on the report, which was accepted.
4 Further Finance Items
i) Evaluation Progress Report
Ian Worthy described the work which was currently being undertaken and
explained that the ‘Scoping Meeting’ with our partners, SRC, had now been Ian
re-arranged for 21.01.10.
ii) Evaluation on Support for Businesses in the NDC Area
Maurice Brazell declared an interest, due to his employment, in the subject
matter of this Evaluation.
Ian presented the key issues and evidence from the Evaluation into Support for
Businesses. He described the background and history, the situation NDC had
inherited in 2000/2001. He described the context of the current economic
downturn and the difficulty in disentangling local from wider economic
The presentation showed examples, including ‘before and after’ photographs,
of the main areas of business support NDC had engaged in. Ian highlighted
some of the evidence, included in the report, showing the success of the NDC
Strategy in the Employment Theme.
Steering Group members were quick to praise Ian for an excellent report and
presentation. There were concerns that NDC may not get as much ‘credit’
from the public as it deserves for the interventions and successes. It was
suggested that a future Hartbeat article for town wide publication, should be Brian/
prepared, based on a set of ‘before and after’ photographs. Avanticom
Members concerns were focused on possible loss of momentum, if the
Business Liaison Managers’ work could not be continued and on the negative
impact of some of the waste industry businesses on Longhill.
Stuart Green responded that the posts had been extended to March 2012, with
a slightly expanded remit and took the point about waste disposal, describing
ways that greater multi-agency work and the new Core Strategy (Local Plan)
could help alleviate some of the problems. He also spoke of other Ian/Martin
‘mainstreaming’ that had proved possible and praised the work that had led up
to the successful establishment of a Business Association on Longhill.
The following recommendations were AGREED (14 FOR, 0 AGAINST, 0
1) The NDC Partnership welcome the findings recorded in this report.
2) Key partners seek to identify funding sources to continue the successful
NDC Business Liaison activities. In particular, the potential impact of not
continuing with dedicated business liaison on the survival and further
development of the Longhill Business Improvement District should be
3) Key partners further monitor and respond as required to the ongoing issues
raised in this report relating specifically to inadequate parking and to the
number and concentration of waste management type businesses on the
5 Further Business Items
i) Minutes of Steering Group held 12.11.09
The minutes of the previous meeting were AGREED correct and no matters
arose. (NB. There had been no December 2009 meeting.)
6 Any Other Notified Business
i) Julie Rudge
Members congratulated Julie Rudge on her receipt of the MBE.
ii) Stuart Green
Stuart announced that the Council had agreed his request for early retirement,
but he hoped to be at one further Steering Group.
Members congratulated Stuart and thanked him for his work on NDC’s behalf
since becoming the ‘Accountable Body Representative’ in 2002.
7 Date of Next Meeting
February’s meeting is scheduled for Thursday 11.02.10.
Meeting closed at 18.35.