Operations & Improvements Committee Meeting
Crewe Town Council
1 Chantry Court
T: 01270 756975
MINUTES of the meeting held 18/07/2023
In attendance: Cllr Jamie Messent Cllr Simon Yates Cllr Joy Bratherton
Cllr Stuart Mackay Cllr Steve Hogben Cllr Toni Mortimer
Cllr James Pratt Cllr Alan Coiley Cllr Kevin Murray
Cllr Dennis Straine-Francis
|OI/23/1/1||To elect a Chair of the Operations and Improvements Committee.
RESOLVED: That Cllr Messent is elected as chair of the committee
|OI/23/1/2||To elect a Deputy Chair of the Operations and Improvements Committee.
RESOLVED: That Cllr Mackay is elected as deputy chair of the committee
|OI/23/1/3||To receive apologies for absence
|OI/23/1/4||To note declarations of Members’ interests
Cllr Yates declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 13 as a member of the associated steering group
Cllr Mackay declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 8 as a member of the Crewe Heritage Centre
Cllr Kevin Murray declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 8 as a member of the Crewe Heritage Centre
|OI/23/1/5||To confirm and sign the minutes of the Operations and Improvements Committee meeting held on the 7th March 2023
It was noted that only 1 member of the previous committee administration was present (Cllr Coiley)
Minutes accepted as drafted having been circulated and published
|A period not exceeding 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments in relation to the published agenda items.
Mr Peter Kent addressed the committee about the heritage group, and recounted successes. He announced that he would step down as chair of the Heritage Group and was thanked by committee. He introduced Rev Rob Wykes as new chair.
|OI/23/1/7||To note the year-to-date financial position for the Operations and Improvements Committee
|OI/23/1/8||To receive an update and consider matters related to the Heritage Delivery Plan for 2023/24
i. That Heritage Group’s nominations of Rob Wykes to the role of Chair and Peter Kent to the role of Vice Chair are approved.
ii. That the request from Cheshire Wildlife Trust for funding of £1110 to run activities for the Heritage Open Days Festival from 473 7281 Heritage Community Support is approved.
iii. That a contribution of £1,000 to Cheshire Women’s Collaboration on behalf of the “A statue for Ada” group from 473 7281 Heritage Community Support is approved.
|OI/23/1/9||To consider matters related to the Regeneration Delivery Plan for 2023/24
[Cllr Dennis Straine Francis joined the meeting during this item]
i. That approval is given to purchase additional self-watering baskets up to
£3000 from 310 4180 Floral Schemes.
ii. That approval is given to support the Cheshire Wildlife Trust wild flower
project at Queens park to purchase and install interpretation materials up to
the value of £800 from 473/4721 public realm.
iii. That the committee supports the principle of investment and improvement at Victoria Square, but seeks that the responsible bodies as the landlord and the tenant (Cheshire East and ASDA respectively) are contacted to clarify their work towards addressing the dilapidation of the site and the anticipated future provision/works that are expected.
iv. That approval is given to support animation and cultural activity in the Autumn half
term £6000 from 307 4186 regeneration projects.
v. That an offer of £250 match funding should an Arts Council application by Bent Architect be successful for a performance project in empty properties - from 307 4186 regeneration projects is noted. (Support of additional development and realisation costs is subject to further approval if the application is successful).
|OI/23/1/10||Member Item: To consider matters related to adoption of devolved services
i. The Committee agrees with the principle of seeking to devolve appropriate local assets and services currently provided by CEC
ii. The clerk informs CEC that it wishes to enter into discussions
iii. The clerk identifies those functions and services which could be considered for devolution
iv. That a project briefing group be formed comprising of Cllr Yates, Cllr Hogben, Cllr Mortimer, Cllr Murray.
|OI/23/1/11||To consider matters related to Parks and Play areas - Frank Webb Avenue and further play area investment.
i. To delegate use of earmarked reserve of £771 to Regeneration Manager in consultation with Ward Councillors for community activity or contribution to seating at Frank Webb Avenue.
ii. That investment in Brookhouse Drive (Pebblebrook) play area is chosen as the next park for investment funding
RESOLVED: That standing orders are suspended to enable the meeting to complete the agenda beyond the 2 hour meeting threshold.
|OI/23/1/12||To consider matters related to allotments
|OI/23/1/13||To consider matters related to the Business Improvement District project.
RESOLVED: That, while no success is guaranteed, Members support proceeding to ballot with all three areas included.
|OI/23/1/14||To consider and inform the draft budget for 24/25
|OI/23/1/15||Date of next meeting is Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm|
Meeting concluded at 8.27 pm
Chair: Cllr Messent
Clerk: Lindsay Lewis