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Agenda and minutes

Employment, Business and Investment Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 4.00 pm

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Tracy Davies  Scrutiny Facilitator

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors J R Skelland and Nigel Williams.

2.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 10 April 2018.

 

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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.

3.

Update on the Town Centre Markets Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Economy – Economic Development and Regeneration

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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.

4.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Finance

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Minutes:

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.