Agenda and minutes

Economic Development Board
Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Lisa Young  Email: lisa.young@gosport.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for non-attendance

Minutes:

Apologies for non attendance were received from Councillors Mrs Ballard, Beavis, Pepper, and Raffaelli

17.

Declarations of Interest

All Members are required to disclose at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter, any disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest in any item(s) being considered at this meeting. 

 

Minutes:

There were none.

18.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Economic Development Board held 3 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd July 2019 be signed as a true and correct record.

19.

Deputations - Standing Order 3.4

(NOTE: The Board is required to receive a deputation(s) on a matter which is before the meeting of the Board provided that notice of the intended deputation and its object shall have been received by the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday 16th September 2019.  The total time for deputations in favour and against a proposal shall not exceed 10 minutes).

 

Minutes:

There were none.

20.

Public Questions - Standing Item 3.5

(NOTE: The Board is required to allow a total of 15 minutes for questions from Members of the public on matters within the terms of reference of the Board provided that notice of such Question(s) shall have been submitted to the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday16 September 2019).

Minutes:

There were none.

21.

Gosport Community Lottery Evaluation pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To provide Members with an evaluation in respect of Gosport’s Community Lottery based on its first year of operation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report providing Members with information as an evaluation in respect of the Gosport  Community Lottery.

 

Some Members expressed concern that they felt the lottery encouraged gambling and did not support it, but acknowledged that funds had been raised for charities.


Some Members congratulated GVA on the successful anniversary of the lottery running and welcomed that the money raised went to charity. Members particularly welcomed that the charity to support could be chosen by the lottery player and that this was a different experience to other forms of gambling.

 

A Member questioned the process of the distribution of the funds from the lottery and stated that it had been initially agreed that a group comprising the political group leaders would make the decision.

 

The Board was advised that it was not resolved that the political group leaders be party to the award of funds, but that they would consider the process of the allocation of the awards. It was requested  that a further update be provided as to why this had not taken place.

 

It was confirmed that GVA met twice yearly to consider applications and distribute awards.

 

Members were advised that the application process to register as a good cause was well publicised and simple to access.

 

It was felt that the lottery was optional to play and allowed the public to support local charities. In addition, the Gosport lottery was an online process that did not provide an illegal activity and that people with gambling addicitions would play other lotteries if the Gosport Lottery was not available.

 

Some Members felt that provision should be made to ensure that the public did not overplay the lottery and that a greater responsibility should be taken to protect those with addiction problems, particularly as players received reminders about signing up to play.

 

Resolved: That the Board note the report.

 

 

22.

SURRENDER OF EXISTING LEASE AND REGRANT OF NEW LEASE OF LAKESIDE CAFÉ, COMPASS POINT pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To seek the Board’s approval to accept the surrender of the current lease and grant a new lease to the new owner of the Lakeside Café based at the Compass Point, Walpole Park, Gosport.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Property Services Manager seeking the Board’s approval to accept the surrender of the current lease and grant a new lease to the new owner of the Lakeside Café based at the Compass Point, Walpole Park, Gosport.

 

Members welcomed the café and support for it as Walpole Park was essential to the Town Centre and supporting the businesses in it was essential.

 

The Board was advised that as landlords the Council were responsible for the maintenance of the external elements of the building, the including the walkway and the balcony and that the Council had spent approximately £17000 on maintenance of the building.

 

Members recognised that the business would be further enhanced by the recently approved installation of additional equipment to Walpole Park.

 

Members welcomed that the Council had invested in the building and provided a top class facility for the model yacht club.

 

In answer to a Member’s question, the Board was advised that it was not believed that there was any outstanding rent, but that this could be checked and clarified.

 

Members also welcomed the potential to enhance the nighttime economy and that the café was popular, the Board also welcomed the opportunity to look at other concessions for activities for the area.

 

RESOLVED: That the Board’s approves the surrender of the current lease and grant a new lease to the new owner of the Lakeside Café based at the Compass Point, Walpole Park, Gosport

23.

LAND AT GRANGE FARM, ROWNER FOR GARDEN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT & GATEWAY pdf icon PDF 1 MB

At the Economic Development Board on 19th September 2018 the Board accepted the recommendations of the Report ie

 

·       The long leasehold disposal of the Gosport Borough Council land shown edged red on the plan at Appendix A to the report together with rights of access, services etc for a term of 99 years and subject to the conditions set out in the report.

 

·       Following the completion of open marketing, to authorise the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with Economic Development Board Chairman to finalise the terms of a new Development Agreement, Agreement for Lease and Lease of the above, complete the disposal and on completion, report back and update the Board.

 

The detail of the September 2018 report confirmed that the recommendation was to dispose of approx 5 acres of land at Home Heath, Grange Farm, to kick-start the development of a new retail garden centre by a garden centre operating company.

The new garden centre would incorporate facilities eg WC's, café and parking etc that would also be used by visitors to the adjacent Alver Valley Country Park and thus provide a substantial proportion of the amenities required for the Grange Farm Gateway into the Alver Valley Country Park.

 

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report detailing the long leashhold disposal of land at Home Heath.

 

Members welcomed the proposal and the benefit it would bring to the area. Members welcomed the inclusion of a garden centre and associated facilities and welcomed the improvements to the 17th Century village.

 

RESOLVED:  that the Economic Development Board agree:

 

1.     The long leasehold disposal of approx. 5.70 acres of land outlined red on the plan at Appendix A of this report in lieu of the approx 5 acres recommended for disposal at Appendix A  of the September 2018 Report (attached herewith at Appendix B). 

 

2.     To authorise the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a Deed of Variation with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to vary the wording of the existing restrictive covenant affecting the site to permit the site to be used as a retail garden centre and Gateway into the Alver Valley Country Park.

 

24.

Any Other Items

Minutes:

The Board was advised that the Gosport had been one of 69 towns across England to receive an in principle agreement to host a High Street Heritage Action Zone.

 

Members requested that their thanks be recorded to the Economic Development Manager for his work in securing the award of funding