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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2010.
It was pointed out that the reference to “British Rail” at the second bullet point on page 6, should have read “Network Rail”.
Subject to this amendment, the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2010 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Apologies (Agenda Item 2)
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Diana Irving, Pauline Quadling and Pam Spencer.
Report of the Director of Organisational Development.
The Scrutiny Officer presented the report which comprised a review of the evidence received and recommendations for the formulation of “in-principle” proposals.
The report aimed to bring together the strands of the discussion held thus far, and it drew attention to the following:
He reminded Members that the original plan had been for them to review off-street car parking arrangements across the whole District, with the aim of putting forward recommendations to the Overview & Scrutiny Commission in Spring 2010. However the focus had changed - largely because Attleborough Town Council had registered particular concern about the off-street parking conditions and congestion problems in their town. The Review had therefore concentrated on Attleborough initially. He noted that off-street parking arrangements in the other four market towns (Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton) still needed to be addressed.
Other key points highlighted in the report included:
(As an aside at this stage, a Member pointed out that with the exception of the two supermarkets, who clearly contributed to the Attleborough’s overall parking facilities, very few other businesses in the town actually provided any car parking - whether for customers or staff.)
The Scrutiny Officer explained that the Appendices to the report were designed to draw together and summarise key findings. ... view the full minutes text for item 10.
To agree a date and time for the next meeting.
It was agreed that the next meeting should be in Attleborough one evening. It would be open to members of the public and representatives from key external agencies would be invited to attend. An advance notice about this meeting would appear in the press.
The Chairman confirmed that there would be an opportunity for the input and views raised at the public meeting to be fed into the Group’s final report to Breckland Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Commission in April 2010. If satisfied, the Commission would then pass the recommendations up to Cabinet for formal ratification.
The date and time of this meeting was provisionally arranged for 10th March, subject to confirmation.