Agenda and minutes

Economic Development & Managed Growth Scrutiny Board
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: PLEASE NOTE that any member of the press and public may view the proceedings at this virtual meeting via this weblink https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7DDSVoAIgTnwgp0Ku8iFLQ

Contact: Paul Rogers  Email: paul.rogers@solihull.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

 

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor  T Hodgson .

 

2.

Declarations of Pecuniary or Conflicts of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

3.

Questions and Deputations

Minutes:

No questions or deputations were received.

 

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 397 KB

To consider for approval the Minutes arising from the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board meeting held on 11th June 2020.

Minutes:

Councillor McLoughlin noted that on page 13, fourth paragraph, second sentence, an erroneous ‘a’ had been included and should be removed to read:

 

‘Fostering public confidence had been noted as a critical to supporting a successful economic recovery…….’

 

Councillor McLoughlin requested that in future all those Councillor contributions recorded in the Minutes be made attributable to the respective Councillor concerned.

 

RESOLVED:

 

Subject to the above, to agree the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board Public Minutes dated 11th June 2020 as a true record.

 

5.

Solihull's Economic Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 270 KB

The report provides an opportunity for Members of the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board to receive an update on the Economic Recovery Plan for Solihull (Appendix 1) which is being developed and implemented by the Council, with others, to support the Borough’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was before the Scrutiny Board to provide an opportunity for Members to receive an update on the Economic Recovery Plan for Solihull (Appendix 1).  The Economic Advisor presented the report to the Scrutiny Board.

 

Members were advised that the report before the Scrutiny Board provided an updated version of the Economic Recovery Plan for Solihull originally considered by the Scrutiny Board on 11th June 2020.  Members comments on the Economic Recovery Plan made at that meeting had been addressed and reflected in Version 2.0 of the Plan. It was noted that the Economic Recovery Plan had been written under very challenging circumstances, with a 10% contraction in the national economy and during the end of the EU transition period arrangements. Although the hospitality and events sector in particular remained under pressure, data reviewed by the Solihull Observatory had found that Solihull’s economic performance was still fundamentally strong.

 

Since the last meeting of the Scrutiny Board held on 11th June 2020, the focus on the Solihull Economic Recovery Plan had been in the following areas:

 

  • Public Health Messaging

 

  • Think / Shop Local

 

  • Opening of the High Streets

 

  • Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus and joining up with Council facilitated employment services

 

  • Addressing support needs of Not in Education,  Employment or Training (NEET’s)

 

  • Undertaking regional planning with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) going forwards

 

The Chairman invited guests to address the Scrutiny Board.

 

Councillor Courts informed Members that new challenges were arising daily for the Council to address. The priorities and remit of original Solihull Economic Recovery Plan remained applicable in focussing on people, place businesses, investment and the green recovery.  Work undertaken by the Council in respect of Solihull Town Centre had been recognised by the Local Government Association (LGA) as an example of Best Practise. Cabinet had also approved £200,000 of funding from the Place Making Fund to support the boroughs town centres. 

 

The Council’s recognition of its role in supporting the economic recovery was very important and was reflected in its attempts to support other initiatives such as the HS2 Interchange project and the Arden Cross Masterplan.  The Council was seeking to secure regional investment and funding opportunities wherever available in respect of HS2 and affordable housing delivery.  The Council was working in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP to help deliver the maximum economic benefits for Solihull.

 

Mr Robert Elliot (Solihull Chamber of Commerce President and Solihull Tourism Forum Chairman) advised Members that Solihull Chamber of Commerce continued to connect with and grow its existing membership of 300 members and organisations across the borough.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Solihull Chamber of Commerce continued to work in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Council to support local businesses.  Since the last meeting of the Scrutiny Board held on 11th June 2020, the Solihull Tourism Forum had supported businesses in the lead up to re-opening on 4th July 2020.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board Work programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Members of the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board are requested to review the Scrutiny Board’s proposed Work Programme for the 2020/21 municipal year and to agree the future scheduling and prioritisation of agenda items as identified at the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board meeting held on 11th June 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director (Development and Growth) advised the Scrutiny Board that the Work Programme 2020/21 schedule proposing consideration of  Embedding Green Infrastructure Policies at the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board meeting scheduled for 19 November 2020, Members should be made aware that the Council’s Local Plan was due for release for public consultation imminently. Furthermore, a Government Planning System consultation was also currently taking place nationally. In light of these developments, Members were advised that the proposed meeting date of 19/11/20 may not be the most suitable for scrutiny of the report.

 

Having considered the report, and taking into account the above contributions put forward by the Members of the Scrutiny Board, the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board:

 

  RESOLVED:

 

i.  To agree the Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board Work Programme 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, subject to the following;

 

 

ii.  That changes to future iterations of the Solihull Economic Recovery Plan in respect of baseline data, KPI Suite, changes to the Plan’s metrics and  objectives / outcomes be extrapolated and reported to future meetings of the  Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board in table format for ease of reference and scrutiny;

 

iii.  That the Embedding Green Infrastructure Policies report originally scheduled for 19/11/20 be incorporated and addressed as a sub-set of the Progress Review of the  Net Zero Carbon Action Plan report scheduled for 19/11/20, to address and  include proposals for solutions towards embedding green infrastructure policies; and,

 

iv.  To request an update from SCH as part of the Progress Review of the  Net Zero Carbon Action Plan report scheduled for 19/11/20 and to request SCH representatives to attend the meeting as witnesses

 

 

 

The Economic Development and Managed Growth Scrutiny Board

meeting closed at 8:16 p.m.