Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

26.

Apologies and Substitutes (Agenda item 1)

To receive apologies for absence and to note substitute Members in attendance.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A Byrne and C Carter.

27.

Urgent Business (Agenda item 2)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

None.

28.

Declaration of Interests (Agenda item 3)

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate and must leave the room, for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. 

 

In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item, that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None.

29.

Non-Members wishing to address the Meeting (Agenda item 4)

To note the names of any non-members or public speakers wishing to address the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillors M Wassell, L Turner, E Jolly, T Carter and P Darby.

30.

Exclusion of Press and Public (Agenda item 5)

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and 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 paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

 

PART B – ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

31.

LABV Task & Finish Group Report and Presentation by Land Group (Agenda item 6)

To receive the Minutes from the Task & Finish Group meetings held on 4 March and 10 March 2015.

Minutes:

Nigel Robson and David Winch both Directors of the Land Group were welcomed to the meeting.  They had been invited to the meeting to provide Members with a short presentation highlighting the background of Land Group, its achievements and how they perceived their role going forward.

 

The Land Group had been set up in 2000. Since its foundation, the company had worked extensively with NHS Trusts, educational establishments and commercial businesses.  A number of schemes that The Land Group had financed and project managed were highlighted.

 

In terms of the LABV role, The Land Group would add real value for money in relation to planning, strategy and development management.  It also had key financial skills in the day to day running of a Company and would be acting as a critical friend to the Council taking into account the Council’s views and objectives.  In terms of communication, The Land Group would be responsible for getting all information in relation to the LABV projects out into the public arena.  All stakeholders needed to be involved whilst taking into account the key messages of the LABVs vision and project aims.  The proposed methods of communication were highlighted.

 

The Land Group would become the guardian of Breckland Council’s and the LABVs reputation and was very much looking forward to working with the Council over the coming years.

 

The Chairman explained that a number of Members present had met on a number of occasions as the LABV Task & Finish (T&F) Group.  One of the questions asked had been why the Land Group was so interested in working with the Council and for a relatively small deal.  Mr Robson stated that The Land Group was used to working with public authorities and it had been attracted to the long term partnership with Breckland Council bringing with it high calibre skills with the projects proposed..  The Leader of the Council pointed out that if the initial three projects went well the partnership would continue.

 

Councillor Jolly asked the Land Group to explain how it would manage costs and remain within budget and how it would manage delivery and timing.  Additionally, given that the Company was such a small group she asked how it would manage resilience in terms of its personnel, and if there was a plan B.   In terms of management, costs, risks, timing and delivery, Members were informed that The Land Group had a sophisticated risk management system in place that could identify any pitfalls and managed such issues throughout the process.  Mr Winch said that he was very proud of the Company’s past history; this was all about understanding where the pitfalls were and identifying them in the early stages.  Mr Robson stated that this was also about a partnership approach too – any issues that were identified early could be managed and rectified.  As far as a plan B was concerned, the Land Group had a large supply chain of personnel to supplement its services and all would be aware  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Task & Finish Group - 4 March 2015

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Task & Finish Group meeting held on 4 March 2015 were agreed.

33.

Task & Finish Group - 10 March 2015

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Task & Finish Group meeting held on 10 March 2015 were agreed.

34.

Next Meeting (Agenda item 7)

To note the arrangements for the next meeting on 26 March 2015 at 2.00pm in the Anglia Room.

Minutes:

The arrangements for the next Overview & Scrutiny Commission meeting on Thursday, 26 March at 2pm in the Anglia Room were noted.