Agenda and minutes

Council
Friday, 12th July, 2019 11.00 am

Venue: Town Hall, Scarborough

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of interests. pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Smith declared a personal interest in agenda item 4, Scarborough town centre regeneration - purchase of former Argos building and aspirations for regeneration of the wider site, since he was a regular customer of the Newborough One Stop Shop convenience store and was known to the owners of St Helen's newsagents on St Helen's Square.

 

Councillor Jefferson declared a personal interest in agenda item 4, Scarborough town centre regeneration - purchase of former Argos building and aspirations for regeneration of the wider site, since she lived in Eastborough near to the site.

 

 

2.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

See above.

 

 

3.

Exclusion of the public

The report at Item 4 has been written so that as much as possible can be discussed in public but it may become necessary to discuss the private and confidential appendix and therefore the following motion will be considered:

 

“that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (and subject to consideration of the public interest under Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Act) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information (as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act), namely information;

(a) relating to any individual;

(b) which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; and/or

(c) relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”.

 

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer advised that Item 4 on the agenda included a private and confidential appendix which might necessitate moving into private session should Members wish to discuss the sensitive information therein.

RESOLVED that the motion to exclude the public be rejected and that the meeting remain in open session.

 

 

4.

Scarborough town centre regeneration - purchase of former Argos building and aspirations for regeneration of the wider site pdf icon PDF 355 KB

The consider the report of the Director (RB) (reference 19/151) attached

 

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director (RB) (reference 19/151) in respect of the proposed redevelopment of the former Argos building site in Scarborough and the creation of further regeneration opportunities for the wider area.  It was agreed that Council Procedure Rules be suspended for this item to enable full debate on the report.  Introducing the report, the Leader, Councillor Siddons began by thanking officers for all their hard work on this project.  He commended the genuine engagement of residents and the business community which took place late last year in the development of the new Scarborough Town Centre Strategy.  This new strategy benefited from a cross party overview and scrutiny process in collaboration with the Executive.  Councillor Siddons acknowledged in particular the roles that Councillors Colling, Phillips and Jeffels had played in their effective stewardship of this important and complex piece of work.  He hoped this cross party support would continue into the delivery of the Town Centre Strategy Action Plan.  He was confident that all Members had been given ample opportunity to scrutinise, challenge and ask questions about the proposals in the report through the preceding briefings, group meetings and one-to-ones.  He thanked too the Council’s key partners from Wrenbridge, Coventry University and the NHS for their presentation earlier in the morning, and hoped Wrenbridge had assured Members of the reasons for their involvement, track record of delivery and their commitment to this scheme, through the risks they were carrying.  Councillor Siddons applauded the vision and ambition behind the scheme, whilst noting the risks which had been clearly outlined to Members, and hoped Members would fully embrace the need to support key partners, raise aspirations and reduce deprivation across the Borough.  He maintained that this new residential population would bring prosperity to the town which would be felt by the whole Borough as jobs were created and demand for services and goods increased and were met by local businesses.  This was the good growth agenda espoused by the Local Enterprise Partnership.  He noted that the market had failed this particular site of the former Argos building, which now showed visible signs of decline in the heart of the town centre and conservation area.  He believed the Council could not sit back and allow continued market failure to endure, or simply manage the decline of Scarborough town centre.  To do so would risk the prosperity of the entire Borough.  He wished to support the new, growing and ambitious Coventry University and help them achieve their growth plans.  He was determined to help young people in the Borough support their ambitions and aspirations, noting with dismay the large numbers who needed to leave the Borough to fulfil their dreams.  He noted too that the local NHS was struggling to recruit to key posts.  A major barrier cited was the shortage of accommodation which these proposals sought to address.  Here was an opportunity to arrest decline and effect positive change in one of the most deprived wards in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.