Venue: Concorde Room, Council Offices, Farnborough
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To confirm the Minutes
of the Meeting held on 5th September, 2016 (copy
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 5th September, 2016 were agreed as a correct record.
Children and Young People's Partnership
To receive a presentation from Ms.
Jane Armstrong, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Partnership, on the
activities and working arrangements of the partnership.
The Panel welcomed Ms. Jane
Armstrong, Chairman of the Rushmoor Local Children’s Partnership and Head
Teacher at Farnborough Grange Nursery and Infant Community School. Ms.
Armstrong had been invited to give a presentation on
activities and working arrangements of the Rushmoor Local Children’s
Partnership (LCP). The Partnership was the local strategic arm of the Hampshire
Children’s Trust Board and had cross partner members from both statutory and
The Panel was
advised of the delivery plan and activities between 2010 and 2012. The
two main areas of concern had been to reduce the rate of teenage conception,
pregnancy and parenting and to improve attendance rates at schools across the
Borough. The Panel discussed the pregnancy rate in the Borough and noted that
this had reduced between 2010 and 2012. A request was made
for more up to date information relating to teenage pregnancies by ward. The
school attendance figures were also discussed. It was reported that
these had reduced from well above the national average to 6% over the same
Ms. Armstrong then advised on the
activities of the LCP between 2012-2016. Due to
funding cuts and gaps created from the restructuring of the Hampshire Youth
Service, new funding streams and priorities had to be
identified. Transitional funding had been used
to keep key services available until new funds were secured. A consultation had
been carried out in Hart and Rushmoor to identify the key services required
locally, these included services for drugs/smoking/alcohol, sexual health,
teenage pregnancy, social activities and homelessness. The Panel discussed the
closure of the local children’s centre and the successes they had had, with
teenage parents in particular, in the past. It was noted that funding had been
passed to the Source and Step by Step and measures
would be put in place to ensure that the funds were being used effectively to
tackle the local issues.
A discussion was
held over the proposals from Hampshire County Council (HCC) to have one
Youth Support Service (YSS) provider for the whole of the County. The
importance of more locally based services was recognised as the young people in
Rushmoor had as many issues as those in the larger cities and towns in the
County and were as worthy of receiving the services available.
The Panel noted the LCP’s Action
Plan 2012 to present. The Plan had
reflected the five priorities set out by HCC, which focused on poverty, health,
learning, safety and recreation. The Plan had a two-tiered approach, work that
could be managed directly by the LCP, such as Early Years attainment and YSS
commissioning, and the work managed outside the LCP which
was reported to it by the responsible organisation.
Mrs. Armstrong reported on an emerging issue within the Hart/Rushmoor area relating to school places for children with special educational needs. It was advised that, currently, 40 children were not in school due to a shortage of places available to accommodate the complex learning needs of the individuals. It was ... view the full minutes text for item 13.
receive an update on the current work of the Lido Working Group and to update
Members on the recent soft market testing work carried out over the summer. A copy of the minutes from the last Lido Working Group are
attached for reference.
Principal Contracts Manager, Mr.
Ashley Sharpe, attended the meeting to give an update on the work of the Lido
Review Working Group. It was reported that, during the 2016 summer season, a
soft market testing event had been held which nine
companies had attended and had received a presentation on both the Indoor Pools
and Lido complex and the strategic priorities of the Council. Attendees had
also had the opportunity to visit the site during opening hours. The nine
companies had subsequently been individually offered
the opportunity to attend a further meeting with Council Officers. Four companies had taken this up.
The individual meetings had been used to establish thoughts and opinions of the four
companies. It was noted that the option to “invest to save” had generated the
most interest, where the company representatives had suggested giving consideration to integration of the whole site.
It was noted
that the information gathered from the individual meetings would be put into a
report, to be prepared by the Head of Community and Environmental Services, for
consideration by the Directors’ Management Board and the Panel, then on to the
Cabinet for further consideration. It was advised that
there would be a number of options for Members to consider and it was hoped
that a decision would be reached by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.
Mr. Sharpe then gave an update on
the Lido’s performance for the season. It was reported that the Lido had
received 45,000 visits, the same as the previous two seasons combined and as a result the Council had received the full £20,000 profit
share agreement amount. This amount had offset the £13,000 cost to the Council
from the previous year, giving the Council a £7,000 profit over two years.
A number of initiatives had been put in place to enhance the service provided at the
Lido; these had included a fast track queuing system, early morning lane
swimming, season tickets and military discounts. Social media activity had also
increased to help with promotion of the facility and the offers available.
The Panel discussed the current
situation and noted that in its current condition the facility was
unsustainable, the size of the pool needed to be considered and the plant room
equipment was of an age where failure and breakdown were of higher risk, which
could result in considerable expense to the Council.
The Chairman thanked Mr. Sharpe for
the update and requested that the Panel be kept
informed of progress with the report as necessary.
receive an update from Corporate Director, Mr. Ian Harrison
on the current position with Aldershot Town Football Club and Farnborough
Corporate Director, Mr. Ian Harrison
updated the Panel on the current position with both Aldershot Town and
Farnborough football clubs.
It was reported that both Clubs
operated out of stadiums on Council owned land making the Council the landlord for both Clubs. Three years previously, during the
summer of 2013, both Clubs had gone into a form of administration. Each Club
had entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) over a three year period. This allowed each Club to reach a
voluntary arrangement with its business creditors regarding repayments of all
or part of its debts over an agreed period of time. It
was advised that both Clubs had managed to exit their CVAs within the three year period. Aldershot had cleared their CVA in its
entirety whilst Farnborough had renegotiated the terms of its CVA and had
subsequently cleared it.
The Panel was reminded that the
Council’s Cabinet had agreed at its meeting on 15th October, 2013 to put in
place a support package for each Club to provide stability during the period of
The support packages had provided
rent relief for three years for both Clubs, with an additional obligation for
Farnborough to clear accrued rent arrears. Both Clubs had
also been provided with some partial rate relief. The Panel heard that
both Clubs had been meeting their financial obligations to the Council under
the terms of the support packages. However, the three year
period was now ending.
It was further
reported that both Clubs had met with the Cabinet to discuss future
support and, in order to consider the requests, Cabinet had asked for full
financial disclosures from each Club. Once all the financial information had
been received a report would be prepared for consideration by
Cabinet sometime in December 2016 or January 2017.
The Panel NOTED the update and would be kept
informed of any further updates as required.
To review the Panel’s current work programme (copy attached), and to agree priorities where necessary.
The Panel NOTED the current work programme.