Agenda and minutes

Economic Development Board
Wednesday, 30th January, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

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

Items
No. Item

27.

Apologies for non-attendance

Minutes:

There were none.

28.

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:

Councillor Hook declared, on behalf of the Conservative Group Members present that they had a personal interest in agenda item 6 appendix a, 11 and agenda item 7 as Councillor Casey was director of the Historical Diving Museum.

 

Councillor Miss Kelly advised that she has been in contact with the residents of Ferrol Road with regard to the land in detailed in agenda item 8

 

Councillor Raffaelli advised that he was the diving medical advisor to the diving museum.

 

Councillor Carter advised that his Grandfather had been born in the diving museum.

 

 

29.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Economic Development Board held 14 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the edited minutes of the meeting of the Economic Development Board held on 14th November 2018 be signed as a true and correct record.

30.

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 28th January 2019.  The total time for deputations in favour and against a proposal shall not exceed 10 minutes).

 

Minutes:

There were none.

31.

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 Monday 28 January 2019).

Minutes:

There were none.

32.

GOSPORT HERITAGE ACTION ZONE pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To provide information about the Gosport Heritage Action Zone and seek authority to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Historic England.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Conservation and Design Manager to provide information about the Gosport Heritage Action Zone and seek authority to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Historic England.

 

Members advised that they were delighted with the proposal and welcomed that it would preserve the important heritage of the Borough. The inclusion of Bastion number 1 and the Gosport Lines was welcomed and complimented the SPD.

 

Members recognised that Gosport was well known nationally for its heritage sites and had been ranked 7th nationally for its heritage assets, higher than cities such as Winchester, Oxford and Cambridge and also recognised that the report highlighted the importance of the heritage sites to the economic development of the Borough.

 

Members recognised that it was important to keep and look after assets but also to recognise that some were not owned by the Borough and it was often difficult to gain access. It was reported that progress had been made with Heritage England with regard to access to Fort Brockhurst.

 

The Board recognised that the first Heritage Open Days had begun in Gosport and that they were one of the leading events in the country and would be expanding further in 2019. It was noted that there accommodation in the Borough had sold out for the last open days.

 

Members suggested that it would be an option to explore additional unique selling points to the Borough would bring additional visitors.

 

RESOLVED: That designation of the Heritage Action Zone status is noted and that authority is delegated to the Head of Planning and Regeneration, in consultation with the Borough Solicitor, to agree terms and conclude a Memorandum of Understanding to be entered into with Historic England.

33.

LEASE OF NO.2 BATTERY TO THE HISTORICAL DIVING SOCIETY pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the terms of the lease proposed by the Council to the Historical Diving Society (The Society) to support their aims in repairing and improving the No 2 Battery and their long-term objective to develop and sustain a museum of diving history.   

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Property Services Manager requesting that consideration be given to the terms of the lease proposed by the Council to the Historical Diving Society (The Society) to support their aims in repairing and improving the No 2 Battery and their long-term objective to develop and sustain a museum of diving history.   

 

It was clarified to the Board that Historic England would only provide grant support for renovation and not maintenance.

 

Members recognised the importance of the facility and welcomed the work the society were undertaking to update the building.

 

It was clarified that a rent review would be undertaken after 5 years and every five years following.

 

The Board recognised that the diving museum was a first class facility, closely linked to the Institute of Naval Medicine and would bring the past and future of diving together.

 

RESOLVED: That the Board approve the terms negotiated by Property Services and upon these terms authorise the Borough Solicitor to enter into such documentation as is necessary to effect the decision. 

34.

RENEWAL OF LEASE-IN OF LAND AT FORTON LAKE FROM THE CROWN ESTATE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the terms offered by The Crown Estate agents for a renewal of the lease-in of land at Forton Lake for the retention of grassed open space.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Property Services Manager to consider the terms offered by The Crown Estate agents for a renewal of the lease-in of land at Forton Lake for the retention of grassed open space.

 

Members were advised that there was a bird hide located by the site and that the Council were currently liaising with the Council regarding it.

 

Members recognised that the land helped to protect the properties from flooding and was very popular.

 

In answer to a Member’s question, the Board was advised that investigations could be made into streamlining the process and numbers of pockets of land.

 

 

RESOLVED: That the Board approve the terms negotiated by Property Services and upon these terms authorise the Borough Solicitor to enter into a new agreement with The Crown. 

35.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Minutes:

The Chairman advised the Board that the skills and employment fayre was taking place at Gosport Leisure Centre on 31 January.