Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Grants Panel - Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 4.30 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Email: committees@midsussex.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

To note Substitutes in Accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4 - Substitutes at Meetings of Committees etc.

Minutes:

None.

2.

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

3.

To receive Declaration of Interests from Members in respect of any matter on the Agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor Ash-Edwards declared a prejudicial interest in the Community and Economic Development Grant for Haywards Heath Town Council as he is a Haywards Heath Town Councillor. He confirmed that he would remove himself from the meeting for the duration of discussion and voting on the item.

 

 

4.

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 10 December 2018. pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Minutes:

It was noted that the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 10 December 2018 was erroneously included in the report pack. The Panel was informed that the previous meeting was in fact held on 26 February 2019 and the Minutes of that meeting were presented to the Panel. The Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 26 February 2019 was then approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

5.

To consider any items that the Chairman agrees to take as urgent business.

Minutes:

None.

6.

To receive representations from Members of the Council on the applications.

Minutes:

No representations were received.

 

7.

Micro-business Grants Scheme pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            Will Hawkins, Economic Development Officer, introduced the report which presented three Microbusiness Grant Schemes. He highlighted that officers identified a small amount of residual scheme funding that had not been awarded, totalling £1,500. As it was not enough to offer a full grant (£2,000) to a new potential applicant, officers considered options on how to allocate this funding so that it might have the greatest benefit possible to the growth of micro businesses. It was agreed in principle with the Chair of the Panel that the value of the remaining funding would be best maximised by offering a small additional grant to those businesses who had successfully applied to the 2018/19 micro business grant scheme, and who were undertaking larger projects to which they had already committed much higher levels of match funding.

           

Organisation

Purpose for which award is

sought

Award requested

Award

suggested

Farm, Field and Forest Ltd

Equipment installation

£500

£500

Marvolio’s Nostrums

Business Expansion

£500

£500

Slake Café Ltd

Building renovation

£500

£500

Total

 

£1,500

£1,500

 

            Members were supportive of all 3 Microbusiness Grants applications.

 

            RESOLVED

 

That:

           

1.    A Microbusiness Grant of £500 be granted to Marvolio’s Nostrums to fund the process of expanding the business to its own dedicated premises.

 

2.    A Microbusiness Grant of £500 be granted to Farm, Field and Forest Ltd to fund the installation a cold storage unit in a new premises.

 

3.    A Microbusiness Grant of £500 be granted to Slake Café Ltd to aid in the preparation and refurbishment of new a premises.

 

 

8.

Corporate Grant Schemes pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Elaine Clarke, Community Leisure Officer, introduced the report which presented one Facility Grant, five Community and Economic Development Grants and amendment to an already awarded Facility Grant.

 

Each application had been assessed against a standard check-list and considered by a ‘Grants Assessment Group’ to ensure a consistent approach to the awarding of grants.

 

The Community Leisure Officer presented the amendment to the Facility Grant that was requested bySt Francis Social & Sports Club CIC as their received tenders for the project indicated an increased building costs, amounting to a sum of £540,755. The revised scheme is for construction of a new community hall on the land between the existing swimming pool and the bowls club, which was previously used for tennis. Members are recommended to allow the St Francis Social and Sports Club CIC to use the Facility Grant awarded toward the cost of a new community building at this site to fund the revised scheme, subject to the terms of the existing grant agreement (signed 30 October 2017) and three special conditions; a copy of planning approval for the revised scheme must be submitted to the Council, evidence must be submitted to confirm that the project can be fully funded prior to commencement on site and the project must be completed by December 2021.

 

Members outlined that this area of the district requires this type of facility and fully supported the application.

 

The Facility Grant which is recommended for consideration and approval by the Panel is set out below:-

 

Organisation

Purpose for which award is sought

Total Project Cost

Award

Suggested

Slaugham Parish Council

Pavilion and playground refurbishment

£212,000

£175,000

Total

£212,000

£175,000

 

The Community & Economic Development Grants which are recommended for consideration and approval by the Panel are set out below:-

 

Organisation

Purpose for which award is sought

Total Project Cost

Award

Suggested

Haywards Heath Town Council

Town Day

£5,240

£1,120

Lindfield Arts Festival

Arts activities

£20,400

£1,580

AGE UK East Grinstead

Move to Glen Vue

£24,220

£21,770*

Sheddingdean Community Centre

Rental costs

£5,000

£5,000

Windmills Opportunity Playgroup

Rental costs

£850

£850

Total

£55,710

£30,320

*includes £12,410 Facility Grant (Release of S106)

 

The Community Leisure Officer presented the Facility Grant for Slaugham Parish Council which aims to refurbish the sports pavilion, changing rooms and playground to improve the recreational offer to the community. She noted that Slaugham Parish Council has secured £50,000 of funding toward this project, with the remainder of the cost funded through Section 106 contributions.

 

A Member felt pleased that something is being done about the Pavilion to bring it into the 21st Century and expressed his full support for the application which he was sure that his fellow Ward Councillor would support as well.

 

The Vice-Chairman stated that it was great to see improvements to this community facility as there have been a number of housing developments in the area and finally the community sees the benefit there.

 

Members were supportive of the application.

 

[Councillor Ash-Edwards left the room at 4:44]

 

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