Agenda and minutes
Employment, Business and Investment Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 4.00 pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall
Contact: Tracy Davies Scrutiny Facilitator
Webcast: View the webcast
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors J R Skelland and Nigel Williams.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 10 April 2018.
Correction to Minutes
Minute 44 – second bullet point – Sprouts Nursery
The relevant Member advised that he had also stated that the issue could be discussed under part ii with the exclusion of the press and public, if necessary.
AGREED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 10 April 2018 be signed as a correct record subject to the aforementioned amendment.
To consider the report of the Lead Member for Economy – Economic Development and Regeneration
The Lead Member for Economy – Economic Development and Regeneration submitted a report (HHE/26/18s) asking Members to consider the progress in implementing the actions identified in the Town Centre Markets Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) 2016-2021.
The Lead Member presented the report and during the debate, Members raised the following points in particular:
· Recognition that there had been some initial teething problems with regards to wi-fi installation relating to connectivity. These issues had been addressed by the service provider, BT, and performance had improved.
· Confirmation that the cost of wi-fi, which was shared between the three markets, was dependent on the infrastructure of the building.
· Suggestion from one Member that it may have been more cost effective to have installed CCTV together with the wi-fi rather than to fund this separately at a later date. Officers advised that with wi-fi installation had been a priority for market traders.
· Recognition that the shopping experience had changed in recent years and social media, marketing and website branding were all vital to the success of the markets.
· Request for the installation of solar panels to be considered during the roofing elements contained in the programme of works.
· Concern regarding the vacancies within the Butchers Market. Officers advised that vacancies within the market were an ongoing issue but that the option of removing some of the vacant stalls to increase ‘dwell’ time space was being considered.
· Recognition that Ty Pawb had created a number of new businesses which were performing very well and this had impacted on the vacancies within the Butchers Market.
· Recognition of the work carried out by students in Glyndwr and Coleg Cambria. Research had suggested that visitors were looking for an experience when visiting markets and that entertainment and a space to dwell was an important part of this experience.
· Request for students involved in future projects to consider the history of the market buildings as part of their research.
· Confirmation that rent reviews were carried out periodically and frequency was dependent on whether the stall holder held a periodic or casual licence.
· The Welsh Government Target Regeneration and Investment Programme was the main source of funding but other opportunities for generating funding would be sought through the Regional Plan.
· The Chair referred to an email which had been received from one of the market trader representatives regarding wider issues in respect of the town centre. It was agreed that the Chair, Vice-Chair and Officers would meet with them to discuss the issues raised and feed back would be provided to the Committee at an appropriate time.
AGREED: That -
(i) Officers be thanked for the work they had carried out to date in promoting the Wrexham Indoor Markets;
(ii) Members commend the progress made and continue to support the action plan and priorities outlined in the report.
(iii) The Committee request a further progress report be submitted in 12 months’ time to include feedback from the market traders, costings against the action plan and a breakdown of expenditure of ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF/60/18s) to assist the Committee in considering and agreeing its work programme.
Due to the number of items scheduled for the Autumn period, the Committee agreed that the Chair and Vice-Chair liaise with the relevant Lead Members/Officers regarding the possible rescheduling of some of these reports. In the meantime, the following changes were proposed:-
· ‘Ty Pawb’ Scrutiny Topic Selection Form – 6 month progress report to be considered in the Autumn 2018.
· ‘Sprouts Nursery’ – request that this be brought forward from September to the July 2018 meeting.
· ‘Rural Development Plan’ – to be deferred from September to November 2018 meeting.
AGREED – That the Work Programme, attached at Appendix 1 to report HF/60/18s, be agreed, subject to the aforementioned amendments.