Venue: Mandela room
Contact: Susie Blood
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no Declarations of Interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel held on 23 June 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
Future High Street Fund
Sam Gilmore - Head of Economic
Growth and Infrastructure will provide the panel with a presentation in
realtion to the future high street fund and the development of the town centre.
The Chair welcomed Sam Gilmore, Head of Economic Growth and Infrastructure who was in attendance to provide information of the future high street fund and the development of the town centre.
Before covid, town centres have
been changing significantly as many have been shopping online, especially those
on a retail focus. There is an oversupply of retail space
for businesses and this causes many of the current issues and is
exacerbated because of the four large,
competing shopping centres.
When covid emerged (although it is
a reason, not an excuse), online shopping escalated, however the fragility of
retail was present long before Covid. However,
retail will always have a role but it will
need to re-invent and adapt to new commercial conditions, however the Council has no power to compel more retailers to return to
the town centre. Research has shown that people have time for leisure, free
time and we need to compete with outside shopping centres. It demonstrates
people’s passion for experiences and interaction.
In terms of the strategy, it is based on Densification and Diversification, we need to
do the following:
Living: building residential communities in
Skills and Learning: integrating
our educational services and institutions.
Employment and Commercial uses to the centre.
Health / Wellbeing:
Bringing together public services together.
Culture and Leisure:
Providing entertainment and spaces for people to enjoy.
Retail: Maintaining a
strong retail component in the high street.
There were cross cutting
themes to bring this together, these include:
• Transport –
Delivering excellent transport and connectivity.
• Digital –
Digitising our town centre and building The Digital City.
• Environment –
Providing green spaces and public places which promote activity and wellbeing.
The officer advised that this would be delivered by the
following diagram, the virtuous circle based on mutual sustainability, looking
to Stabilise and Grow, continuing to adapt to trends and having a forward
outlook- what till the town centre look like in 25 years?
In order to transform the Town centre,
the Council bid for £20.9m in funding and has successfully
secured £14.1m from the Future High street fund (FHSF) in the Budget March
2021. The programme has been adjusted to match the funding offer and this has
been approved by MHCLG. The current FHSF programme now comprises:
been as follows:
• Residential – Funding offer to church house with
86 residential units.
• Transport, Safety and Security – we have contributed to some highway adaptations, parking enhancements and lighting projects. Zetland and Captain cook car parks have been painted to look ... view the full minutes text for item 22/3
Littlewood, Acting Head of Culture will provide a presentation in relation to
the Cultural Strategy.
The Chair welcomed Leanne Littlewood,
Acting Head of Culture to the meeting to provide the panel with an overview of
the Cultural strategy.
In terms of internal facilities within culture,
all are open after covid ; some are more successful then
others and some are seeing the brunt of the cost of living.
In terms of Middlesbrough
Town Hall: Community focussed activities Monday and
Tuesdays continue with Commercial program the rest of the week. Sourcing
program is challenging with less content available due to the pandemic and the
continued pressure from the Globe scooping program that would once have certainly
belonged at the Town Hall.
Q1 the Town Hall delivered 36 shows and 49
workshops with 10,917. tickets sold
Since the wedding brochure was launched in June
2021, 18 weddings and ceremonies have been booked.
Reapplied to the Arts Council for NPO status which
supports classical music development and engagement if successful it will bring
us £250k a year for the next three years.
Operates by the same staff as the town hall.
Continues to provide a broad range of professional
and amateur program.
The hyper local audiences have returned as expected
which can be seen in the Q1 attendance figures
Middlesbrough Theatre: Q1 the delivered 49 shows
with a footfall of 13193
The theatre have added additional school
performances for this year’s panto due to the high demand
Grange Leisure Farm:
First venue which reopened after Covid
Q1 engaged 5540 in workshops
Delivered 33 events
Audience footfall of 30049
New program out of hours starts with Moovies this summer – revenue intent and well received.
and open spaces:
has been looked at ways to increase revenue, this has been done through the
Park Snap shot:
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have in
principle agreed to fund approximately £100k to refurbish the tennis courts
at Albert Park and Pallister Park.
Council was awarded £13,219.20 from the Holiday
Activity Fund (HAF) to deliver a summer programme at Albert Park/Dorman Museum.
Council have submitted an EOI with the Football Foundation
to access funding to install Multi Use Games Areas in Middlesbrough.
Installing new Play equipment.
Reinstating rowing boats and swans
Fishing: Fish restocked so visitors can aim for a
catch of the day (and throw it back again)
Lots of interest in Stewart park from external
Some residents were unhappy about the number of
events and have objected to the licence applications made by third parties.
In order to gage views, there was a drop in session
consultation on 24 July 2022, where residents were given the chance to pop and
speak directly to the Acting Head of Culture about any questions queries or
worries they had about events.
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Chair's OSB Update
will provide a verbal update from Overview and Scrutiny meeting held on 19 July
provided an overview of the issues raised at the Overview and Scrutiny Board on
19 July 2022.
advised that whilst the Board had approved the panel’s work programme, it would
add value to look at a cultural element. Following the presentation from the
Acting Head of Culture , the panel would give further consideration and report
That the update be noted and further consideration to given to the cultural
aspect within the panel’s work programme.
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.