Agenda item

TOWNS FUND PROGRAMME FOR KEIGHLEY AND SHIPLEY

Keighley and Shipley were selected by government as two of 101 places across England eligible for up to £25m investment through the Towns Fund. The Towns Fund constitutes a transformational programme of activity and investment in town and high street regeneration; promoting the distinctive offer of each place.

 

The Strategic Director of Place will submit a report (Document “CW”) which provides an update to the Executive in relation to the Towns Fund; it sets out the progress to date and key milestones.

 

Recommended –

 

Executive is recommended to:

 

(1)       Thank the Chairs and Members of both Boards for their continued       hard work in developing the Town Investment Plans.

 

(2)       Welcome the exciting opportunity for investment in town and high       street regeneration for Keighley and Shipley.

 

(3)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Place in       consultation with the Leader to consider and make decisions on          recommendations from the Town Deal Boards.

 

(4)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Place in       consultation with the Leader to approve and submit the Town   Investment Plans by 29 January 2021

 

(5)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Place in       consultation with the City Solicitor, Director of Finance and IT and   the Leader to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the             Heads of Terms as described in this report should the Town      Investment Plans be successful.

 

(6)       Acknowledge and endorse the work and progress that has taken         place to date.

 

(7)       Approve the Terms of Reference for Shipley and Keighley Town           Deal Boards (Appendix 3 to Document “CW”).

 

(8)       Approve the Board Composition for Shipley and Keighley Town           Deal Boards (Appendix 4 to Document “CW”).

 

(9)       Approve the Town Deal Boundary for Shipley and Keighley        (Appendix 5 to Document “CW”) and

 

(10)     Approve the Council’s role as accountable body for the Town    Investment Plans.

 

 

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Lorraine Wright - 07970 730328)

Minutes:

Keighley and Shipley were selected by government as two of 101 places across England eligible for up to £25m investment through the Towns Fund. The Towns Fund constitutes a transformational programme of activity and investment in town and high street regeneration; promoting the distinctive offer of each place.

 

The Strategic Director of Place submitted a report (Document “CW”) which provided an update to the Executive in relation to the Towns Fund; it set out the progress to date and key milestones.

 

The Regeneration, Planning  and Transport Portfolio Holder in welcoming the exciting potential the Towns Fund Programme would bring,  stated that the Council had mirrored its support by ensuring there was match funding in the budget.

 

The respective Chairs of the Programme Boards were present at the meeting to lend their support to the work that will be undertaken. 

 

The Chair of the Shipley Board stated although the timescales were very compressed, a lot of progress had been made in a short space of time and that the backing of the community was essential, as well as helping traders in the process.

 

The Chair of the Keighley Board commented that there was so many positives in the district and although challenges remained, the programme would make a real difference.

 

The Leader of the largest opposition group was present at the meeting and in welcoming the funding stressed the need for a level playing field and the importance of supporting projects for smaller groups, as well as keeping ward councillors updated on progress.

 

The Portfolio Holder stated that although the timescales had been tight, good progress had been made with ward members briefed on developments.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the Chairs and Members of both Boards be thanked for their         continued hard work in developing the Town Investment     Plans.

 

(2)       That the Executive welcomes the exciting opportunity for investment in town and high street regeneration for Keighley and Shipley.

 

(3)       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director Place in      consultation with the Leader to consider and make decisions on      recommendations from the Town Deal Boards.

 

(4)       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director Place in      consultation with the Leader to approve and submit the Town          Investment Plans by 29 January 2021

 

(5)       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director Place in      consultation with the City Solicitor, Director of Finance and IT and         the Leader to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the    Heads of Terms as described in Document “CW” should the Town             Investment Plans be successful.

 

(6)       That  the work and progress that has taken place to date be        acknowledged and endorsed.

 

(7)       That the Terms of Reference for Shipley and Keighley Town Deal Boards ( as set out in Appendix 3 to Document “CW”) be approved.

 

(8)       That  the Board Composition for Shipley and Keighley Town      Deal Boards ( as set out in Appendix 4 to Document “CW”) be      approved.

 

(9)       That the Town Deal Boundary for Shipley and Keighley (as set out       in Appendix 5 to Document “CW”) be approved.

 

(10)     That the Council’s role as accountable body for the Town           Investment Plans be approved.

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director Place

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

 

 

 

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