Agenda and minutes

Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 14th September, 2017 7.00 pm

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

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    The Committee to be notified of any substitute members.


    The Committee was notified that Councillor Ray Wootten would be substituting for Councillor Judy Smith for this meeting only.



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    Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Sarah Stokes.


    Apologies for absence were also noted from The Leader, Councillor Matthew Lee.


Disclosure of Interests

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


    No interests were disclosed.


Action Notes from the meeting held on 27 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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    The action notes from the meeting held on 27 July 2017 were agreed as a correct record and their contents noted.


Updates from the previous meeting

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    The Leaders updates from the previous meeting.


    Committee Members reviewed actions from the action notes of the meeting held on 27 July 2017:


    It was noted that tourism signs on the A52 and A607, Manthorpe Road, were not visible due to overgrown plants.  A request was made to follow this up.


    The Strategic Director then read an update from the Leader in relation to leisure provision within the South of the District.


    The Leader had wanted to take the opportunity to update Members of the Culture and Tourism Overview and Scrutiny Committee on current thinking in respect of the quality of the leisure offer within the south of the District.


    The Leader was passionate about the provision of quality leisure opportunities to all communities within the District.  Initial views were that Grantham and neighbouring communities were well served by the current provision at the Meres.  Further thought would need to be given in respect of how the Council’s offer to the south of the district could be enhanced.


    There was a whole hearted commitment to retaining appropriate provision in Bourne, at the Deepings and also in Stamford, but it was also felt there were opportunities to positively and practically enhance the quality of the Council’s offer to those communities.  In order that appropriately informed decisions could be made, officers had been asked to commission external expert advice to assess the quality of the current situation and make recommendations for enhancing future service provision.


    This would be a targeted review taking into account all the features of current provision, including the basis and extent of all current offers.  Proactive advice would be offered regarding how this provision could be enhanced whilst taking into account comparable best practice and delivery options available.


    This work was essential and would need to be undertaken as soon as practicably possible because it would ensure that the Council was meeting the needs of residents and maximising business opportunities.


    Action Note:


    To improve the visibility of the tourism signs along the A52 and A607 Manthorpe Road.


Cultural Strategy pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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    Report number SLPD012 of The Leader of the Council and The Cabinet Member for HR and Cultural Services.



    Committee members were informed that Report SLPD012 set the context and process by which the Council’s new Cultural Strategy would be informed whilst being developed.  The paper promoted a collaborative approach to the scoping of the new strategy that would take into consideration the impact culture had on South Kesteven in its widest context.  A collaborative approach had been used successfully to support and help develop the Council’s housing strategy.  Further opportunities to inform the cultural strategy would become apparent through the work plan of the Committee.


    Reference was made to the need for the process to be collaborative and how the clear remit of the Committee would be used to identify, focus and help create a vibrant strategy for the local economy.  The cultural role would play an integral role in marketing the district, enhancing regeneration and creating employment opportunities within the District.


    The Council would need to have a coherent strategy in respect of how to develop cultural services so that the needs of all the communities within the District could be met.  It was proposed that the new cultural strategy would consider requirements across four areas; Arts, Festivals, Leisure/Sport and Heritage.  This would be further developed in the work shop following the meeting.


    Areas raised for further discussion were:


             ·         Markets and Fairs: where did this fit into the Strategy, should they be a separate topic in the remit of the Committee

             ·         How heritage provision would be accommodated

             ·         That a Cultural Strategy would be an overarching/umbrella document that would encompass a number of areas such as markets, festivals, arts and leisure

             ·         That markets were a particular area that fell between heritage and the town economy

             ·         There would be a detailed action plan for each themed area

             ·         That the work shop would highlight areas and topics that would require expansion

             ·         The requirement for community involvement

             ·         Identify areas that could be further expanded as a visitor attraction such as famous people from an area

             ·         That although there were four market towns, each town had it’s own unique requirement and ethos

             ·         The need to provide encouragement and provide local communities with an opportunity to develop their own strategies and ideas for enhancing their area

             ·         The need to include and encompass the local organisations currently in place in each area


    Janet Goodwin from Market Strategies had been invited to the meeting by the Cabinet Member for Retail and Visitor Economy.  An overview of her role was provided and she referred to how areas had an individual uniqueness and how capturing and incorporating this would enhance the promotion of an area.


Close of Meeting

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    The meeting closed at 19:35.  A work shop in respect of the Cultural Strategy followed the meeting.