MINUTES OF THE TOWN TEAM MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2007 AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, VERNON ROAD, SCARBOROUGH Present: A Backhouse (AB), S Barley (SB), P Barton (PB), A Booth (ABo), M Brophy (MB), P Bull (NB), S Bull (PB), R Cannon (RC), S Childs (SC), W Cliffe (WC), D Cluer (DC), A Cooper (AC), P Cooper (PC), L Douthat (LD), R Durbridge (RD), R Flinton (RFl), I Forbes (IF), R Foster (RFo), A Gibson (AG), G Gee (GG), P Graves (PG), G Hancock (GH), L Haycock (LH), D Kendall (DK), M Nesfield (MN), B O’Flynn (BO), J Oxtoby (JO), A Perry (AP), C Perry (CP), S Parnaby (SP), T Pindar (Chairman), M Pindar (MP), T Potter (TP), F Richardson (FJ), J Richardson (JC), C Ridley (CR), P Roche (PR), L Rowley (LR), A Sharp (AS), G Smith (GSm), G Somerville (GS), N Taylor (NT), L Tindall (LT), T Turner (TT), P Wilkinson (PW), R Williamson (RW), B Watson (BW), G Watson (GW), D Wilson (DWi), C Welbourn (CW) and D Wormald (DWo). The Chairman of the Town Team, Mr T Pindar, opened the meeting and welcomed those present. 1. Apologies 1.1 Apologies were received from P Afford, D Archer, V Ramaswamy and S Shastri. 2. Matters outstanding from the previous meeting 2.1 There were no matters outstanding. 3. Education – Children & Young People’s Plan, How We Will Make a Difference Cynthia Welbourn, Corporate Director Young People’s Service, North Yorkshire County Council 3.1 The Chairman welcomed Cynthia Welbourn and explained that the Town Team were working to improve the educational reputation, quality, attainment and prospects of young people in the town and this was why Cynthia Welbourn had been invited to speak. 3.2 CW opened her presentation by introducing two colleagues, Richard Flinton, Assistant Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council and Tony Turner the Integrated Service Manager for young people’s services. 3.3 CW spoke about a sense of place being a stable influence in young people’s lives. A document had been produced by a House of Commons Select Committee studying various aspects of coastal towns. Common themes were social mobility, maintaining and improving public realm, isolation, in- and out- migration and the need to accelerate progress. Scarborough’s exam results were below the county average with 53.6% achieving 5* A-C grades, however schools continue to improve and the staying on rate for 16+ has risen from 70% to 79% in the last three years. Funding is low at a national level which means that the County Council has to make a significant contribution. Social deprivation is recognised and schools in these areas are given a higher level of funding. Funding is targeted at schools with high social mobility and there is a local behaviour initiative which involves new ways of working with disaffected young people. Partnership working is a key factor with extended school clusters to broaden support for families, the Learning Skills Council, NYBEP and the Area Learning Partnership all working at various aspects of children, families and education. The North Yorkshire County Council also have various agencies such as Early Years & Childcare Services, special needs schools, youth and children’s services who all have a legal duty to work together and have stood up well to inspection. CW concluded her presentation by saying that there was a great deal to do but there was a lot to build on and the will to carry this forward. 3.4 CW, RFl and TT answered questions regarding the young people’s one-stop-shop, children with special needs including the expertise needed and level of resources, deprivation in Scarborough and the formula for funding this, lack of employment for young people who leave to further their studies and would like to move back, how we market Scarborough and attract young people back to the town. 3.5 The Chairman thanked CW and her colleagues for their informative presentation. 4.0 Project Update 4.1 DK reported on the following projects: Sanside/Vincent Pier – seafront area improvements ongoing and the new lights are being installed. Rotunda – a lift shaft has been specially designed for the round glass lift that is being installed. Spa – works continuing. Business Park – will be one of the most up-to-date business parks in the area with 100 meg broadband being installed along with community heating and power. Contracts will be sent out in a couple of weeks time. Creative Industries – work progressing well with steel work being erected at present. 5.0 Renaissance Manager’s Question Time 5.1 NT reported that the Renaissance Reunion on the weekend of 11-12 May had been postponed until the Autumn because Yorkshire Forward will be announcing the results of their 7 year review which will set future priorities. The date of the weekend to be confirmed. There will be a Town Team meeting in May. 6.0 Casino Update 6.1 RW updated the meeting on the current position of the casino licence. 17 local authorities had been chosen as locations to have a casino and they had all met to share information on how the local authorities were progressing this issue. Draft codes of practice had been issued for consultation until May with publication in June. There will be an open competition to bid for the licence which would take place in two stages. The first stage is a regulatory test. Those bids that met the criteria would move onto the second stage and at this point local authorities can set their own criteria for what they want to see happen as the result of having a casino. These criteria will be open to consultation and will be published in advance of any bids. The current position regarding the Government awarding the licence is that they are in the process of laying a Statutory Instrument before Parliament, however if this is not agreed it may throw the whole licence procedure off track. Assuming the Government is able to grant the licences then applications can be expected towards the end of this year. 6.2 RW answered questions regarding the viability of another casino in the town, gambling issues for young people, and diversifying the economy of the town. 6.3 The Chairman thanked RW for his presentation. 7.0 What’s Coming Up – Gordon Somerville, Head of Planning Services 7.1 GS reported on the following:- Design and Heritage Champions – If you are interested in becoming a Design and/or Heritage Champion please contact GS for further details. Park & Ride – NYCC have submitted a planning application to themselves which Scarborough Borough Council have objected to as they are wanting a higher quality project. It is anticipated that the contractor will be on site this year. Scarborough Harbour Onshore Facilities –Scarborough Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to allocate funding towards toilet and shower facilities at the Luna Park end of the harbour. Futurist – Council taking on consultants to look at obtaining a viable mix of uses at the Futurist. The consultants will talk to developers and work out the figures as it is difficult to achieve viability if a cinema or theatre is included. Rugby Club – Planning permission has been granted and is presently with the Government Office in Leeds for their decision. A planning application for a medical facility is expected for the Newby site. The Sands- Phase 1 is now under way. Kinderland will most likely be the next phase, Atlantis is the subject of revised plans. Scalby Manor – At the next meeting of the Planning & Development Committee an application will be considered for a hotel at Scalby Manor. 8.0 Any Other Business Dualling of A64 – Councillor A Backhouse informed the meeting that a website petition had been set up for dualling of the A64 and Town Team members may like to discuss this at a future meeting. 9.0 Date and Time of Next Meeting The next meeting will be held at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 17 April 2007. Venue to be confirmed.
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