GREATER NOTTINGHAM PARTNERSHIP TOURISM, LEISURE & CULTURE STRATEGY ACTION TEAM MEETING
Time: Date: Venue: 10.00am Wednesday 10 September 2008 Experience Nottinghamshire, Unit 1.1, Clarendon Park, Clumber Avenue, Nottingham, NG5 1AH
Present Tim Desmond (Chair) Mike Durban Prof. John Heeley Steve Mapp Peter Milton Stephanie Sirr Wendy Honeyman-Smith Simon Starr Rob Williams Apologies Penny Altham Steve Bradley Richard Erwin-Jones Shona Powell Cllr. Malcolm Wood Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Council England, East Midlands Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham City Council NCCL Galleries of Justice Greater Nottingham Partnership Experience Nottinghamshire Broadway Media Centre Nottingham City Council Nottingham Playhouse Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire Nottingham Trent University National Ice Centre / Trent FM Arena Nottingham
Item 1. Welcome and introductions Tim Desmond welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Experience Nottinghamshire for hosting the group. Those present then introduced themselves. 2. Apologies As above. 3. Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising The minutes were read and approved as an accurate record of the last meeting. There were no matters arising. 4. Declarations of interest None.
5. Presentation on the Nottinghamshire 2012 County Group Simon Starr of Nottingham Trent University gave a presentation on the work of the Nottinghamshire 2012 County Group. The five county sports partnerships had been charged with driving forwards the 2012 agenda within the region. Steering groups within each county had been created to do this. Work has been undertaken on developing pre-Games training camps within the region. This had attracted the most media attention. Emda had developed a regional 2012 Games Strategy. The actions underpinning the objectives outlined within the strategy were currently in the process of being developed. Nine pre-Games training camp venues had been identified within Nottinghamshire. Details of these had been circulated to other countries by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Proximity to Loughborough University would be key to attracting teams from other countries. Nottinghamshire venues were now being linked with the Loughborough offer – e.g. archery at Trent Bridge cricket ground. An exchange project had taken place between schools in Nottinghamshire and Brazil. The hosting of pre-Games events were also being investigated in the buildup to 2012. A number of handover flag events had been held within the county following the end of the 2008 Games, while the Cultural Olympiad would also be launched this month. The TLC SAT already had links to the Nottinghamshire 2012 County Group through its current membership. The 2012 agenda also fitted well strategically with the aims and objectives outlined within the current GNP Sub-regional Investment Plan. There was a potential to develop a 2012 “e-lympics” event in connection with the GameCity festival. However, there were currently issues over branding with LOCOG that needed to be resolved if it was to go ahead. No additional resources had been earmarked to deliver 2012 activity by the Government. Therefore, this must tie in with existing activity in order for it to be delivered. The challenge going forwards would be to persuade London-based visitors to the Games to visit the East Midlands during the Olympics to capitalise on additional visitor spend. However, the regional was up against stiff competition from other traditional tourist cities such as Stratford-on-Avon, York and Edinburgh. East Midlands Tourism and Experience Nottinghamshire were focussing on developing the Robin Hood offer to capitalise on Olympic visitors. This would primarily consist of the development of associated infrastructure and the further development of themed festivals. During 2012, visitors to Britain were likely to want to visit other parts of the country rather than London while the Games were taking place. The Games would also provide large amounts of media coverage for the country that would lead to increased numbers of visitors in future years. There was a danger that while the Games were taking place, visitors would travel to Paris rather than Nottingham due to the new Eurostar rail service.
6. Presentation on the Sub National Review Mike Durban of the GNP gave a presentation on the Sub National Review. Since 1997 the Government had undertaken a series of reforms to devolve powers to regions and local authorities to enable them respond to changing economic circumstances. The Review of Sub National Economic Development and Regeneration (SNR) was one of several strategy papers commissioned by the Treasury during 2007 to help inform the Comprehensive Spending Review. In essence, SNR was a blueprint for the evolution of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the future delivery of economic development at a national, regional and local level. Its key recommendations were that RDAs should become more strategic in focus, with funding being devolved down to a local level through local authorities to provide greater sub-regional targeting of funding and democratic accountability. The following recommendations outlined within SNR would potentially impact on emda, the GNP and the TLC SAT: RDAs would become more strategic, with funding being delegated down to local authorities and sub-regions wherever possible. Regional Assemblies were to be abolished, with RDAs being given responsibility for planning and transport. Multi Area Agreements should be developed across local authority areas to allow groups of local authorities to agree collective economic development targets. RDAs would be tasked with developing a single integrated regional strategy setting out the economic, social and environmental objectives for each region. Each region would set a regional economic growth objective and RDA objectives would be reformed, with the current tasking framework being replaced with a simplified outcome and growth-focussed framework. Local authority leaders would be given responsibility for scrutinising RDA performance instead of Regional Assemblies. RDAs would play a key role in coordinating business support within each region.
In anticipation of SNR implementation, during April emda had sent out a subregional economic development prospectus to all of the region’s upper tier local authorities to act as the basis for negotiation over the future delivery of economic development within the East Midlands. Emda was currently intending to retain responsibility for activities that were best coordinated at a regional level, which included tourism policy. However, from 1 April 2009, emda had proposed to transfer all activity currently managed by the seven East Midlands SSPs to their respective Unitary and County authorities. Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils had both submitted responses to the emda prospectus at the end of May. There was currently disagreement between the two local authorities over the subregional delivery mechanisms that would be employed to deliver Single Programme funding in future years. Nottingham City Council had proposed that the existing sub-regional delivery arrangements in south Nottinghamshire should continue through the GNP during 2009-10 while the potential creation of an Economic Development Company was investigated further. This would potentially be implemented from 1 April 2010. The
City Council had also emphasised that any future delivery of economic development should take place on at least a conurbation-wide level. In contrast to this, Nottinghamshire County Council had proposed the establishment of a single county-wide delivery mechanism, based on the Alliance SSP, with this being closely tied to the County Local Area Agreement. This would be guided by a strategic board, with joint-working taking place between the City and County Councils on common economic development issues that affected the whole conurbation area. Negotiations were currently taking place between emda and the two local authorities at a senior level to resolve these differences. Mike Durban would feed back to the group on any further developments when these were known. 7. Project proposals Motorised Theatre Winch System Replacement and Enhancement The aim of the Motorised Theatre Winch System Replacement and Enhancement project was to install a new winch system within the Djanogly Theatre in Lakeside Arts Centre. This was essential to the functioning of the theatre as it was used to raise and lower the lighting bars on which the lighting for theatre productions were hung. The current winch was now un-repairable as the company that had originally installed the system was now no longer in existence and further spare parts were unobtainable. The new winch system would provide additional lighting bars for the theatre and would also provide the potential to undertake aerial performances. There was considerable debate over the content of the proposal, particularly regarding whether the group’s funding should be used to replace existing equipment within venues or whether this should be restricted to supporting proposals that enhanced rather than merely maintained the current offer. It was eventually decided that a vote should be taken on the proposal. The results of this were as follows: For: 1 Against: 3 Abstentions: 3
It was therefore decided that the project should be rejected on the grounds that the SAT’s funding should not be used to replace existing equipment within venues, as this would establish a precedent that would encourage further similar applications. 8. 2009-12 strategic priorities and Invitation to Apply for Grant Funding round A final version of the SAT’s 2009-12 strategic priorities paper and a draft Invitation to Apply for Grant Funding (IAGF) document had been previously circulated with the meeting minutes. Mike Durban talked through the arrangements that were outlined within the IAGF document. The deadline for submissions had been set at Friday 24 October, which would give applicants approximately six week to prepare their proposals. All eligible submissions would then be sent to SAT members before the November meeting of the group. SAT members were asked to read and score each outline prior to the meeting. A decision on each proposal would be made on 12 November. Successful applicants would then have around four weeks to prepare a full application for funding, which would be submitted to the emda Shared Resource Centre for technical appraisal before Christmas. This would give sufficient time for all new projects to be approved before the beginning of the new financial year and for them to begin delivery on 1 April 2009.
The following amendments were agreed to the group’s draft strategic priorities: Support the development of initiatives that will maximise the benefits of the Cultural Olympiad and the 2012 Olympic Games within the sub-region. Projects should also complement the Nottingham place brand, the Big N, in addition to building upon the Nottinghamshire brands of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood. A new priority encouraging increased collaboration between the sub-region’s visitor attractions should also be included under the marketing and communications theme. All
The completed IAGF would be advertised on the GNP website next week. SAT members were also asked to circulate the IAGF around their networks to raise awareness of the call. 9. Update on current projects Mike Durban circulated a paper outlining the group’s current 2008-09 project commitments and spend. There were concerns over the current lack of project spend for approved projects. All project managers where therefore urged to submit any claims for expenditure to the GNP as soon as possible to help it achieve its 40% spend target by the end of September. Due to delays in securing national match funding for the heritage element of the Broadway Film Festival Development project, it was agreed to put the start date of the project back to the 2009-10 financial year. Steve Mapp of Broadway would prepare a new application to be submitted for technical appraisal. A meeting to finalise the details of the Cultural Day Visits Marketing Campaign project would be held at 10.00am on Friday 19 September at the Galleries of Justice. Following agreement on this, the outline would be circulated around the group electronically for endorsement. 10. Items for future meetings The following items were proposed for future meetings: A presentation from the new East Midlands Tourism skills champion to outline their work.
11. Any other business Mike Durban circulated an invitation to all TLC SAT members to attend a hog roast that had been organised for delegates attending the 2008 EUTO Convention, which the GNP had supported. This would be held at 7.00pm on Thursday 25 September at Nottingham Castle. All replies should be sent to Vicky Martin, the General Manager of Wollaton Hall, by Monday 15 September.
Date of next meeting:
10.00am on Wednesday 12 November 2008 @ Greater Nottingham Partnership