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					                                EXECUTIVE MEMBER REPORT TO COUNCIL
                                     WEDNESDAY, 3rd JUNE 2005

LIBRARIES

Job Centre Task Force in Libraries: The Job Centre Task Force are holding sessions in the central
library in May. They will be promoting their services and can give advice on areas like benefits,
changing jobs, training, training for language skills, filling in application forms and drafting CV's. They
can also do job searches for candidates. Sessions will start on May 26 and will be twice a week
thereafter.

Learning at Work Day: View from the library counter - As part of Adult Learners Week - Learn at Work
Day, Middlesbrough Council employees were offered the chance to view the world from behind the
library counter. The chance to help someone find the ultimate answer to 'life, the universe and
everything'. Eight people took up the challenge in various branches around the Borough.

Adult Learners Week: Library events were launched with the mobile library in town on 21 May – it was
a good start to a week of events with over a hundred visitors and 49 new members.

Vital Link Advocacy Champion: Middlesbrough Libraries and Information have been asked to a
Advocacy Champion to promote the benefit of using the Vital Link books as way of dealing with new and
emergent adult readers, and improving the reading levels of adults with low literacy levels.

The Vital Link is developing its First Choice materials to take account of the opportunities presented by
both the RaW campaign and World Book Day Quick Reads, Middlesbrough Libraries and Information
and Middlesbrough Adult Education Service are hoping to pilot stock selection with input from adult
learners.

Kipper helps increase library membership: The new library ticket for those under 4 years is proving a
success. Events were held in libraries across the town with Kipper enrolling over 50 new library
members.

PLANNING & REGENERATION PROGRAMMES

Development Control

Intense development activity manifests itself in more major planning applications than at anytime in the
past. Planning and Development Committee therefore successfully delivered the Middlehaven Phase
One planning permission in May, together with approval for the development of the Green Lane
Rugby/Cricket Club for flats and improvement of the clubhouse/sports pitches.

In addition, the major scheme for refurbishment and extension of Teesside House for flats, new shops at
Grove Hill, the Highfield Hotel extension and new flats at the former clinic site on The Avenue,
Nunthorpe were all granted planning permission.

Preparatory work with Teesside University and their Architects on the exciting proposals for the Institute
of Digital Innovation and Centre for Creative Technology took place in May and a significant number of
successful planning appeal decisions were received from the Planning Appeal Inspectorate

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Housing

An ongoing baseline analysis study of Grove Hill aims to develop an understanding of existing
conditions, including housing stock and socio-economic baselines, as well as the implications on the
study of key policies including:
        Desk top analysis of the regional and sub-regional strategic context is complete;
        Housing Market Assessment in progress;
        High-level stakeholder consultation underway;
        Community stakeholder targeted interviews / questionnaires in progress.

Shaun Robinson, the Northern Region Development Consultant for Foundations, the national co-
ordinating body for Home Improvement Agencies, attended a recent meeting of the Staying Put
Agency’s Advisory Group. Shaun gave an informative presentation on the role and development of
agencies and, in particular, the importance of maintaining effective partnerships between health, social
care and local government.

New Vision for Older Housing

Neighbourhood Drop-ins have been held in five venues across the town centre, enabling 670 residents
and the representatives of 21 businesses to view the exhibition and speak to officers and consultants
about the options for the older housing area. A further half-day Stakeholder Conference was held in
order to consult with representatives from the wider business community, RSLs, funding providers,
developers, Members and other Council service areas on the proposed preferred option for the area. All
comments and concerns, from the feedback questionnaires, will be evaluated and taken into account
before the final option is presented to Members in mid July 2005.

External Funding

Representatives of the National Lottery have undertaken a visit to assess potential redevelopment of the
Meath Street Community Centre. The proposal is a joint project involving Middlesbrough Council and the
West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust.

A rescue package has been prepared for the ACE Centre. The package includes a Lottery Bid for
£120,000; a Northern Rock Bid for £150,000 and 30 associated charitable trust applications.

Single Programme

The 2005/08 Tees Valley Business Plan was agreed by Tees Valley Partnership Executive in May 2005.
This document is now with One North East for ratification.

Projects supported for Middlesbrough include: BOHO, Enterprise Academy, Tees Corridor – Supporting
Greater Middlehaven and the Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative.

Representatives of the National Lottery have undertaken a visit to assess potential redevelopment of the
Meath Street Community Centre. The proposal is a joint project involving Middlesbrough Council and the
West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust.

A rescue package has been prepared for the ACE Centre. The package includes a Lottery Bid for
£120,000, a Northern Rock Bid for £150,000 plus 30 associated charitable trust applications.

ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY REGENERATION

Economic Development

Timbermate Ltd Launch: A Middlesbrough firm which has the potential to create 72 jobs in the next 12-
18 months, launched a new product range at their Riverside Park premises. TimberMate specialises in
the design and manufacture of timber products for the home and garden. The company, uses timber
from sustainable forests and is one of only 12 manufacturing firms based in the UK to have gained
membership of the Forestry Stewardship Council, an international organisation dedicated to promoting

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responsible management of the world’s forests. Middlesbrough Council has supported Timbermate by
awarding a grant towards the costs of setting up the business.

Older Housing Area Strategy: Economic Development is investigating the potential impact of the older
housing proposals on the area’s businesses. As this may affect a significant number of BME
businesses, the BME Network worker has also supported the process. All businesses have received an
approach from the Council, a number attended a drop-in session at the Newport Neighbourhood Centre;
others have made contact independently. A business forum will be held in the near future to address
further queries and act of as an interface with the business community, once more information
surrounding the OHA proposals becomes available post July 2005.

Middlesbrough Partnership

The Middlesbrough Partnership considered the regeneration of central Middlesbrough older housing
area at its meeting in May. A presentation on the rationale for regeneration and the preferred options
was well received. The Partnership recognised the significance of the topic, having previously welcomed
regeneration initiatives including Middlehaven, the Stockton – Middlesbrough Initiative and Housing
Market Failure. As a significant area of activity contained within the new Community Strategy, the
Partnership welcomed the way in which the regeneration of the older housing area is being taken
forward. In particular, the Partnership welcomed the way in which the human, social and economic
impacts of the proposals are being thoroughly investigated and handled.

Community Regeneration

The East Community Development Team have secured the following grants this month:
UFI/ Big Lottery Fund Joint Financing £72,000: This will enable work to continue in three UK online
centres in some of the most deprived wards in Middlesbrough (Beechwood, Pallister and Brambles
Farm) The project has three computer suites located in Community Centres and with the help of IT
Community Support Workers aims to engage residents in IT at any level. They offer accredited courses
or more informal individual support e.g. Practice with driving theory test. All activities are free of charge.

Pertemps Working Neighbourhoods Project £25,000: A new Community Centre Engagement Worker
has been appointed at Brambles Farm Community Centre in an innovative new partnership project
between the Council and Thorntree based WIN (Working In Neighbourhoods).

Charlbury Road Community Centre: On Thursday 28th April 2005 the Chair of
Middlesbrough Council, Councillor Javed Ismail joined residents to celebrate the completion of
improvements to the Community Centre. The work costing nearly half a million pounds includes a Sure
Start Extension (£300,000). In addition the Management Committee supported by the Community
Development Team were successful in securing £190,000 worth of grants to provide secure fencing,
attractive landscaping and a play-ground for young children.

Neighbourhood Management

Multi-Agency Problem Solving: As part of the development and delivery of Neighbourhood
Management activities in the neighbourhoods of Easterside, Hemlington, Grove Hill and North Ormesby,
an innovative multi-agency problem solving approach has been piloted over the last twelve months,
involving a range of local agencies in the task of identifying and seeking solutions to the often complex
and inter-connected problems experienced in these four neighbourhoods.

This has led to increasing focus and priority being placed on the co-ordination of a range of
neighbourhood focused interventions, which have served to bring about a marked reduction in levels of
crime and ASB in both Hemlington and Grove Hill. As a result of this early initial success, this multi-
agency approach has been further developed and rolled out into the two other pilot areas of Easterside
and North Ormesby.

Young Peoples Groups: A further development has been the establishment of the neighbourhood
management facilitated ‘Young Peoples’ Groups’, which again have concentrated multi-agency
attention on prolific perpetrators of anti-social behaviour, crime and truancy within each of the four pilot
neighbourhoods.

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This approach has involved targeting named individuals in the pilot neighbourhoods, developing
information sharing protocols and designing multi-agency action plans for each named person. This
innovative approach, has involved the active participation of representatives from the Police, Probation,
Youth Offending Service, Education, Community Protection, Social Services, Youth Service, Youth
Justice Support, Linx, Connexions & Erimus and has generated equally significant benefits, with anti-
social behaviour levels in all of the four pilot areas experiencing a decrease.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Dorman Museum: The Museum has secured £11,000 worth of funding for projects through North East
Museums, Libraries and Archive Council for the coming year. In the Culture magazine, the Dorman
Museum was rated as number 9 on a list of the region's top 20 free attractions.

MIMA: The exhibition Wrappinghood opened throughout Middlesbrough. Part of the mima pre-opening
exhibition, Wrappinghood brings international artists to Middlesbrough to situate works of art in a wider
arena. The project is curated by Susan Pietzsch, a German based jeweller. Pieces include paving the
streets of Middlesbrough with gold. Building work has continued on the construction of the stone curtain
forming the front façade of the building. Work has also focussed on the plant rooms developing the air
handling units, the cables at the front of the building, the internal walls and the roof.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum: Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has launched its latest
exhibition, At Home with Mrs Cook: Navy Wives and Women in the 18th century. Between 17 and 30
May saw the annual Marton May Dig of excavations on the site of the medieval village of East Marton
with Tees Archaeology.

CULTURAL SERVICES

Middlesbrough Town Hall & Theatre: Full houses were achieved for 3 major shows over the last
month: Birmingham Royal Ballet; the West End success 'Stones in His Pockets' and current national
comedy favourite Dara O'Briain. The Theatre programme includes more top comedy with John
Shuttleworth, a lead into Music Live with Midge Ure and celebrity evenings with Gyles Brandreth and
Rodney Bewes in his one man show 'Three Men in a Boat'. The Town Hall is host to a variety of bands,
Nunthorpe School Awards evening, the Tea Dance, Music Live events, an Arts Development young
people's showcase and Gualam Ali, famous ghazal singer. Middlesbrough Theatre is also host to the
North East area final of the Silver Stars talent showcase (with Yours magazine) - a major event for older
people. Our winner has been national runner-up in all 3 years of the project. Age Concern are aiming to
take a party to Southport for the national final in July as part of the Mayor's seaside away day initiative.
A fund-raising concert for Butterwick Hospice and Willie Madren Appeal also takes place this month.

Events

Music Live one of the biggest free quality music festivals in the UK, takes place on Sunday 19 th June.
On 10 stages across the town centre (including indoor venues) chart stars such as The Thrills, Estelle,
Editors and The Proclaimers will be performing. Music Live is becoming nationally the festival to see
bands on the brink of stardom. No less than 5 of last year's acts - Kasabian, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Bloc
Party, Razorlight and Kaiser Chiefs have had top 5 albums since 2004 and 3 of them entered the charts
just weeks after performing at Music Live. The festival website, www.middlesbroughmusiclive.co.uk,
gives updates on new bands as they're booked and people can share ideas and have debates regarding
the development of the festival and programming.

Tourism

The Tourism team have planned an itinerary and sought funding for 30 members of The British Guild of
Travel Writers to visit the Tees Valley region, as part of their international visit programme.
Middlesbrough and Stockton are producing an Eating Out Guide that is due to be published by the end
of June. 10,000 copies of the guide will be distributed locally and nationally. A joint visitor guide is
planned later in the year. 5 Middlesbrough Pride courses have already been undertaken to rave reviews.
A website and newsletter are also planned and it is hoped that the scheme will be rolled out to schools,
to reach young people who may become staff in various tourism trades - the ambassadors of the future.

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