Agenda and minutes

Companies Committee - Tuesday, 21st September, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 

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11.

Apologies for absence

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    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bob Adams, Philip Knowles and Susan Sandall.

     

    Councillor Helen Crawford had been appointed as a substitute for Councillor Susan Sandall and Councillor Phil Dilks had been appointed as a substitute for Councillor Philip Knowles.

12.

Disclosure of interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting

    Minutes:

    There were none.

13.

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021 were proposed, seconded and AGREED as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:

     

    ·       Councillor Philip Knowles attendance at the meeting be recorded.

     

14.

Updates from the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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    To consider updates on Actions agreed at the previous meeting.

    Minutes:

    A Member asked for confirmation on when the Committee could report profit or loss of Gravitas Housing Ltd within public session.

     

    The Committee was informed that once Gravitas Housing Ltd was no longer an ongoing trading concern, there would be a debate on the final performance of the Company.

     

    It was noted that the Committee would receive a completed account once the last Unit had been sold.

     

    Action 1

     

    The final performance of Gravitas Housing Ltd be added to the Committee’s Work Programme, a date to be confirmed.

     

15.

LeisureSK Ltd Performance Report

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    To provide an update on the performance of LeisureSK Ltd against the approved Business Plan for 2021/22.

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    Minutes:

    The Director for Growth and Culture presented the report on behalf of the Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Leisure.

     

    LeisureSK Ltd commenced the management of the Council’s leisure facilities in January 2021.  In line with Government guidelines, due to the covid-19 Pandemic leisure centres remained closed until a gradual reopening, which commenced in late March 2021.  Restrictions were fully lifted in July 2021.

     

    Whilst the leisure centres remained closed and activities were limited the Directors of LeisureSK Ltd ensured that appropriate steps were taken to mitigate the impact.  This included the appropriate use of the staff furlough scheme and renting out the Table Tennis Centre at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, as one of the main vaccination sites for Lincolnshire.

     

    A Director of Leisure SK Ltd noted that the Company was set up after the end of the Council’s contract with 1Life had ended.  Arranging a contract with a new provider would have been a great risk within the leisure industry, during the current climate.  Employees were transferred to LeisureSK Ltd and a business plan was formed.  Following a positive start, the Company would operate as long as was required.

     

    The non-executive Director was introduced to the Committee, Mr Monkhouse, and he described experience over a 38 year career within the leisure industry.  He was looking forward to taking a key role leading on health and safety and provide a ‘check and challenge’ to operational processes.

     

    The Director was asked how the current position at LeisureSK Ltd compared with the national position.  LeisureSK Ltd information was not immediately available but the national position was confirmed that before the pandemic each leisure customer generated 34p, however currently each customer costed an average of £6.65.  Cost recovery pre-pandemic was 112% but was now approximately 41%.

     

    It was estimated that Leisure Centres were currently receiving 70% participation when compared to pre-covid levels.  This was considered to be largely due to running costs, exacerbated by a rise in cleaning responsibilities.  An officer advised that through LeisureSK Ltd, the Council would have support from local healthcare services to promote health and wellbeing to the residents of the District.

     

    The strengths of LeisureSK Ltd were considered to be industry knowledge and experience, a stronger identity was being developed to ensure the facilities were being used to their greatest potential.

     

    ·       A Member asked what made LeisureSK Ltd stand out against competitors.

     

    Members were advised that the onus had previously been on social care and acute primary health, an integrated care system had been developed which stressed the importance of health and wellbeing.  This was hoped to be operating by April 2022 with LeisureSK Ltd, widening the scope and supporting health and fitness of residents through physical activity, having invested in parks and open spaces too.

     

    ·       Clarification was requested on the impact of the closure of Deepings Leisure Centre, on the five-year Business Plan.

     

    Refurbishment options for Deepings Leisure Centre were being considered and would be brought before scrutiny, in due course. The impact of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Aubers Ridge Management Company Ltd pdf icon PDF 193 KB

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    This report proposes the appointment of two directors to Aubers Ridge Management Ltd.  

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance presented the report to the Committee.

     

    Aubers Ridge Management Company Ltd, was a Management Company that was set up to complement the Wherry’s Lane residential development project.  The Company currently had one registered Director, following the resignation of its second Director.  As the Company was intrinsically linked to the Wherry’s Lane, Bourne development it was recommended that one further Director from Gravitas Housing Development Ltd be appointed alongside the Cabinet Member for Housing and Property.

     

    The Committee were informed that having two Directors provided resilience and capacity.  It was also noted that the Company was currently dormant, until all the properties on the development were sold.

     

    The following points and questions were raised:

     

    ·       How long were the leaseholds?

    ·       It was confirmed that the leases held on the properties were for 125 years.

     

    Officers advised that the owners of the freehold properties were now paying service charges through a third party, on behalf of Aubers Ridge and Gravitas Housing Ltd.  The transfer would happen from the Council, following the sale of the final property.

     

    The recommendations of the report were proposed and seconded.

     

    Following a vote, they were AGREED.

     

    Councillors Ashley Baxter and Phil Dilks requested that their votes against the appointments be recorded.

     

    DECISION:

     

    That Councillors Barry Dobson and Robert Reid be appointed as Directors to Aubers Ridge Management Company Ltd.

     

     

17.

Work Programme 2021 - 2022 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Committee noted the contents of its Work Programme for 2021 – 2022.

     

18.

Any other business which the Chairman, by reasons of special circumstances, decides is urgent

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    Minutes:

    There were none.

19.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The Chairman closed the meeting at 15:31