Droitwndch Spa Area Partnership Meeting Notes
Wednesday 2 June 2010 @ The Old Library, Ombersley Street East, Droitwich Spa,
Cllr Pam Davey Chairperson Wychavon District Council PD
Janet Yates Wychavon District Council JY
Deborah Dale Worcestershire County Council DD
Geoff Trevis Worcestershire Wildlife Trust GT
Cllr Lynn Duffy Wychavon District Council LD
Stuart Haywood Civic Society SH
Carol Pratt Droitwich Spa & Rural Council for Voluntary Services CP
Cllr Roy Murphy CALC RM
Rachel Cockayne Worcestershire Primary Care Trust RC
David Morris Droitwich Spa High School DM
Pam Craney Droitwich Spa Town Council PC
Cllr Margaret Rowley Droitwich Canals Trust MR
Marie Horne Wychavon District Council MH
Michael O’Donnell Worcestershire NHS Trust MO
Richard Brighton For Droitwich Spa Cllr Maurice Worcestershire County Council
Clare Hyton Festival Housing Cllr Ted Sheldon Worcestershire County Council
Sue Heelas Spa Housing Association –
replacing Alan Moorhouse
Introduction Notes Action
1. Welcome PD welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the guest
and Apologies representative Michael O’Donnell. Apologises were noted.
2. Minutes & Draft minutes from 7th April 2010 meeting. Amendments recorded. MH - to correct
Matters arising CP noted that her initials were GN which may cause confusion, JY for future
stated this was an error to be rectified. minutes.
PD – raised concerns about minutes being distributed late, stating
that if actions are to be completed by members they would need to
know as soon as possible. JY explained that although draft minutes
are typed up promptly following the meetings, she is responsible for
checking before sending them out. Due to a very busy period
arranging St. Richard’s Festival there was a delay in doing this.
However, if individuals attending the meeting can record those
actions they are responsible for then this avoids having to wait for
the minutes. If members are not present then JY will contact
separately about actions identified for them.
Minutes were approved as a true and accurate record of the
3. Update on JY advised that Sue Heelas would be replacing Alan Moorhouse
Membership from Spa Housing Association. He has moved to another position
which covers community and anti-social behaviour, so there is a
possibility we may still have some contact, as these are relevant
topics for DSAP.
A representative for community/resident associations still needs to JY to speak
be sorted it – at the last meeting it was suggested we invite them to with LD, CP,
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attend as guests and then see if someone is interested in joining the PC about
board. JY was asked to do this. She advised she would need help contacts for
with this as she doesn’t have contact details for community/resident associations
LD suggested that a Declaration of Interest should be noted. LD
stated that she has an interest reference the Gloverspiece Care
Farm Animal Roadshow. JY & CP felt that is was not necessary for
her to leave the room. JY – To add to
It was suggested Declaration of Interest should be added as an the agenda for
agenda item. future mtgs.
Core Notes Action
4. DSAP Projects 07/08 – Credit Union
Manager’s No further progress – have e mailed Jackie Kain to advise we would
Report like to meet.
Projects 08/09 Updates
1. Theme : Children and Young People
1.1 Spa Youth Zone
Progressing well – manager is busy developing new activities
Spa Housing kindly made a donation of £3,000
Ongoing negotiation with a number of potential tenants –
Children’s Services have committed to a year, Connexions planning
to take up office space
Strategic meeting held at WDC to discuss possible support from
YSS JY is co-
Submitted application to the regional Market Towns Awards – Spa ordinating
Youth Zone is the West Midlands winner of the Social and presentation
Community Category. There will be a presentation at the Market as wants to
Towns meeting in Ledbury on 28th June – one of the category ensure DSAP
winners will be selected to attend the national finals. is recognised
Projects Update 09/10
2. Theme : Better Environment
2.1 Heritage tourism – no further progress since last meeting
2.2 Gateways to Droitwich Spa – no further progress
3. Theme : Children and Young People PD mentioned
3.1 Youth Zone Activities Rural Play
Ongoing – c/f to 2010/11 Area Grant –
3.2 Artificial Cricket Wicket – in progress. JY to circulate
4. Theme : Stronger Communities
4.1 Droitwich Arts Network – ongoing c/f to 2010/11.
4.2 Event Resources – worked with Wychavon Leisure to install
event noticeboards at Droitwich Leisure Centre. Working on
something similar for the window of Lido café.
5. Theme : Improving Health and Wellbeing
5.1 Community Food Initiatives – no further progress.
5.2 Grow Your Own at Home – project successfully completed.
6. Theme : Economic Success
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6.1 Business Forum – c/f to 2010/11
Projects Update 2010/11
Budget : Committed £16.828, Balance £13,172
3. Theme : Children and Young People
3.2 Youth Zone Activities
3.1.1 Be Alcohol Safe
Project progressing well and featured in front page of Droitwich
(i) Safe Zone is being used by approx. 20 young people/week
(ii) Alcohol workshops – good programme of activity.
(iii) Under 13s – Saturday club now well established with 20 + young
people/week. Have sorted out staffing and now have some young
3.1.2 Have met with Age Concern and Connexions to set up inter-
generational computer project. Planning to start in June.
4. Theme : Stronger Communities
4.1 Art in Empty Shops - project started 12th April. Generating a lot
of interest. Currently one shop in the shopping centre. Held
successful art workshop at St. Richards Festival.
4.2 Music and Arts Festival – plans in progress for town event on
10th July and other activities taking place during the week long
festival. All schools in the pyramid have agreed to participate in a
joint performance on 15th July.
5. Theme : Improving Health and Wellbeing
5.1 Adopt a Garden – Age Concern has secured funding from Health
Improvement Fund. Project in development.
6. Theme : Economic Success
6.1 Local Distinctiveness – organised St. Richard’s Festival on 1st
May in conjunction with Classic Car Rally.
6.2 Business Forum – making progress. Further forum meeting held
24th May. Negotiations in progress to secure assistance with
development of the forum. Online forum to be launched soon.
Meetings with Best of Droitwich to explore options for partnership
Older Peoples Theme Group
No further progress.
Healthy Living Theme Group
Meeting with Rachel Cockayne to look at option for resurrecting this
group and a way forward.
Finalised action plan – printed copies now available.
1.1 Printing and circulation of joint events/lido flyer. Widely JY- Look into
distributed via schools, shops, partners organisations and TICs. distribution of
1.2 Organised Wychavon Summer Events advert in Worcester Now “Discover
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– will advertise music festival and town walks. Droitwich Spa”
2. Canal Marketing Sub Group
Attended meeting 19th May – working on marketing plan. Initial plans
are update bulletins to keep people informed of progress and any
new activities e.g. interpretation panels.
3. Town Centre Forum
Attended meeting 14th April.
4. Wychavon Chairman’s Business Lunch
Attended business lunch 15th April – discussed a number of topics of
interest to local business. Main theme was developing tourism and
opportunities from the canal.
5. DSYPAG – Youth Organisations
Attended meeting 10th May – discussed number of options for
5. Location of 5.1 Droitwich Spa Town Council has decided to charge for room use.
Meeting Up to now they have agreed that we could use the Council Chamber
free of charge. We could move the appraisal panel to the Droitwich
Contact Centre but JY felt this would not be suitable for board
meetings – room not large enough and would need to finish by
12pm. If we continue to use the Council Chamber. Cost would be
£36/meeting or £216/year. A number of suggestions were raised :
(i) PD - suggested that as the Town Council are one of our partners,
they might consider giving a grant to subsidise the cost now
involved. CP stated that this would create unnecessary paperwork in
completing an application in relation to the grant.
(ii) JY – we ask members to host meetings on a rota basis. It was
felt this would cause too much confusion.
(iii) JY – we use the Old Library and pay a hire fee as recognise it is
run by DCVS, which is a charity. CP stated that the price could be
negotiated and would be cheaper than the Council Chamber.
The view of the board was to use the Old Library for the time being
and see how it goes.
6. Chairman’s 6.1 Main comment concerned the Music Festival – Partnership
Report supports this festival although For Droitwich Spa organises this
event. PD stated it was important to continue with the support.
7. Members 7.1 Wychavon Strategic Partnership – reference was made to the
Report meeting notes of the 23rd March 2010. JY advised that Tracy
Perkins has been appointed as the new Support Officer for
Wychavon Strategic Partnership. Tracy, Cherrie Mansfield and the
3 Partnership Managers will be meeting soon to discuss possible
support – suggested ideas are monitoring the progress of projects
and collating outcome information.
7.2 Update from Partners.
CP – none.
GT – Still pushing to develop the community woodland area.
Meeting took place on the 27th May 2010 at Chawson Barn however,
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there was not a very good turn out.
SH – Civic Society met with developers regarding the community
woods to discuss the planning process. The good news is that they
will re-align the road. Formal consultation will be taking place next
month. However, the bad news is that they will not consider funding
the foot bridge. Public meeting taking place on 7th June about the
development. There are lessons to be learnt – better to discuss
ideas with developer rather than wait for the planning application.
RM – Displays at St Richards House and on the Salt Day with
laminated photos. Historic walks are still taking place – walks for
organised walks are very successful. The Malvern Walking Festival
visited and enjoyed the walk, this is very good publicity. As summer
approaches there is an increase of interest. Publicity is excellent.
Rural news - meetings taking place on 15th June and 30th June
regarding Hartlebury Incineration plant.
DD – Distributed leaflet and flyers advertising Droitwich Area Forum
the meeting which is taking place 16th June 2010.
PC – Town Plan has gone to Wychavon.
DM – A competition will be held to choose a new name for the
Theatre at Droitwich High School. The awards evening will take
place at The Chateau Impney on 1st July 2010. Anyone wishing to
attend is welcome to go along.
8. Appraisal 8.1 CP advised there were no new grant applications. However, a
Panel panel meeting was held to consider the application from
Gloverspiece Care Farm Roadshow, which was deferred as further
information required. Panel recommended awarding grant of £3,000
– subject to submission of further information (3 quotes,
arrangements for private hire, structured agreement for access to
land and animals, detail of loan). Members unanimously agreed
subject to meeting all the criteria. There was a concern about time
pressure and not progressing beyond September.
Core Notes Action
9. Health 9.1 Guest speaker Michael O’Donnell gave a presentation on Health JY – to forward
Issues and the Health Services in Droitwich Spa. MO handed out email from MO
presentation papers to member of the board. of
The Chairperson thanked MO for his presentation and requested that presentation to
he report back to the board in about six months to give an update. all members.
9.2 RC met with JY to look at ideas on developing an action plan and
the Health and Wellbeing Group. A meeting was held early last year
and points and ideas raised were summarised. There has been very
little progress since Paul Madill left. RC and JY are proposing a
Core Group to include clinicians and community representatives and
then a wider group to feed into the action plan. The Core Group will
need to report back on key issues, what has been. One of the main
functions of this group will be to identify what already happens and
opportunity for new projects.
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Core Notes Action
9. Health CP raised concern as there is already a Health and Social Group for
Issues voluntary organisations. This meets every 6 months and usually
(cont.) attend by 8-10 people. The main problem is participation by
clinicians. CP concerned the Theme Group could add further
duplication. JY pointed out this was the first time she had heard of
this group even though the proposal for the Theme Group had been
RC – to speak
raised at previous meetings. It was suggested that RC liaise with CP
with CP for
to obtain more information about this group and whether there is
scope for it to take on the role of the Partnership’s Health Theme
10. Canal 10.1 MR – referred to the press release from the British Waterways,
Development that stated “A delay in the restoration’s final stage of the completed
Barge Canal between the River Severn and Droitwich will open later
this year, with the junction canal scheduled to follow in 2011.”
JY – stated that she had not heard from Jason Leach regarding
apologies PD was concerned regarding the relationship between the
Partnership and British Waterways.
11. Brine 11.1 PD stated there was nothing further to report, although still
Baths progressing. John Brackston unfortunately is ill at the moment .
12. Droitwich 12.1 In depth discussion regarding DSAP written response to the JY- to consider
Spa Town town plan. The following points were raised : revising tone
Plan (i) The main concern is lack of consultation with Partnership about in letter before
the recommendations prior to printing the final report. A draft copy sending.
should have been sent to DSAP to allow comment on the proposed
recommendations. This would have allowed DSAP to advise which
recommendations they could follow up and which ones they could
(ii) The question was raised as to why a letter is required. JY
advised WDC are currently reviewing the plan and therefore it is
important that DSAP registers its comments as part of this process.
This will help address any challenges which may arise as to why
DSAP has not followed up on recommendations identified for them,
some of which are beyond our control.
(iii) CP stated that the response should not be directed to Father
Doug Chaplin as he is not in a position to take on the issues that we
are raising. It was decided to send the letter to Andy Ford at WDC
as he is dealing with the Plan.
(iv)Some members were concerned about the tone of the response
13. AOB 13.1 It was suggested starting the meeting earlier – will now start at JY- to bring
10am with refreshments from 9.45am. meeting
Meeting ended at 1.30pm
Next meeting will be on 4th August 2010 10.00am
@ The Old Library, Droitwich Spa
(Tea and coffee from 9.45am)
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