Environment Policy and Review Panel - Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 7.00 pm - Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Offices, Farnborough

Contact: Panel Administrator, Justine Davie  Tel. (01252) 398832, Email.  justine.davie@rushmoor.gov.uk

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To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 June, 2017 (copy attached).


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 6th June, 2017 were approved and signed by the Chairman.



To discuss the proposed programme of Christmas activity in the Borough particularly relating to Christmas lights, markets, events and grottos, and how to develop a co-ordinated approach throughout the Borough.


To receive details from the following on activity over the Christmas period:


·           David Phillips – Christmas events and activities


·           John Trusler – Christmas lights


·           Liz Marsden - Princes Mead


·           Tony Parrott - The Meads


·           Cllr David Gladstone – North Camp


·           Cllr Keith Dibble – North Town


Cllr Martin Tennant, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Service Delivery will be invited to attend for this item.


The Panel received a presentation from David Phillips, Town Centre and Cultural Manager, on the current planned activity for the Borough for Christmas 2017.  Activities planned for Aldershot Town Centre included the Christmas Lights Switch-On, Community Christmas Festival, Christmas Craft Fayre and Carols in the Bandstand.  In Farnborough, activities included a Farnborough Frost Fayre, Craft Fayre and Princes Mead Lights Switch-On.  There had been some changes made to the Aldershot Community Christmas Festival and Farnborough Frost Fair since 2016 to make both events more cost effective.


An additional resource, Jenny Atherton, had been secured for two days a week up until Christmas to help organise and promote events, including any additional Christmas events.  The budget for 2017/18 would allow £5,000 for additional events and £5,300 for the part-time post.  The Panel was asked to let David Phillips know of any additional events they would like to be considered and provide any suggestions to enhance the town centres and shopping areas over the Christmas period.


The Panel discussed a number of proposals and agreed that a competition for shops to decorate their own shop fronts should be introduced as an initiative in both Aldershot and Farnborough.  Cllr Keith Dibble, requested a meeting with Jenny Atherton, to discuss a potential community event in North Town.


John Trusler, Principal Engineer, informed the Panel on the current provision of Christmas lights and trees in the Borough.  The Christmas lights were currently put up by the Maintenance Team at Wellington Street and Union Street in Aldershot, a tree with lights was placed at Princes Gardens and the tree adjacent to the NAAFI roundabouts was also lit.  Christmas lights were also put up by the Maintenance Team in Queensmead in Farnborough.  Christmas lights had been installed on an existing tree in North Camp in 2016 and North Town had been provided with a tree and lights.  There were no plans for any additional trees or lights for 2017 as there was no funding available and the deadline for applications for licences had passed.


The Panel discussed options for additional funding to increase and improve the current lights provision including seeking sponsorship from large companies in the Borough.  It was highlighted that a number of large companies already provided funding for other community events and it could be difficult to obtain further funding for Christmas lights.  Other local authorities had benefited from becoming Business Improvement Districts where local retailers would put in a funding contribution of which some could be used for Christmas lights. Cllr Keith Dibble agreed to approach local retailers in North Town to contribute some funding for additional lights for the tree in North Town.  Cllr David Gladstone had secured £250 towards Christmas lights and a tree in North Camp from North Camp Matters.


It was suggested that a joint approach should be considered in future in the town centres for the provision of Christmas lights to try to reduce the overall cost for each partner.  Princes Mead would be looking to renew the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.



To discuss the Panel’s current work programme and consider items for future meetings (copy attached).


The Panel discussed the current work programme and AGREED to add the Christmas 2017 review and proposals for 2018 to the 23rd January 2018 Panel meeting.  Christmas activity Cabinet outcome, Business Improvement Districts and Neighbourhood Shopping Facilities Policy would be added to the work programme for the 20th March 2018 Panel meeting.