Agenda and decisions

Grants and Concessions Panel - Wednesday 20 January 2021 9.30 am

Venue: virtually

Contact: Fiona Baker on 01243 534609  Email:  fbaker@chichester.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Chairman's Announcements and Apologies for Absence

The Chairman will announce any late items that will be discussed under agenda item 16.

 

Any apologies for absence that have been received will be noted at this point.

2.

Approval of the Minutes pdf icon PDF 380 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Grants and Concessions Panel meeting held on 21 October 2020.

3.

Matters Arising from the Minutes

Any matters arising as a result of the previous minutes.

4.

Declarations of Interest

Members and officers are reminded to make any declarations of disclosable pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests they may have in respect of matters on the agenda for this meeting.

5.

Recurring Funding Agreements with the Voluntary Sector

Separate to the grants pot, the Panel monitors the performance of four key voluntary sector organisations. The Panel is asked to note the attached summary reports.

 

Decision:

Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice (ACCA):

 

RECOMMENDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES: That the performance of ACCA under their joint contract during 2020/21 and the positive way that ACCA has adapted to continue operating during the pandemic be noted.

 

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC):

 

RECOMMENDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES: That the performance of VAAC in discharging their Funding Agreement targets for 2020/21 and the way VAAC has adapted to continue operating during the pandemic be noted.

 

Shopmobility (Chichester) – a service provided by Community First Wessex (CF):

 

RECOMMENDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES:  That the performance of Shopmobility (Chichester) in discharging their Funding Agreement for 2020/21 and the positive approach taken during the pandemic be noted.

 

Stonepillow(St Richard of Chichester Christian Care Association Ltd): Mrs Apel declared a personal interest as a trustee of Stonepillow and moved to the waiting room whilst the item was discussed.

 

RECOMMENDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES: That the performance of Stonepillow in discharging the Funding Agreement targets 2020/21, and the positive way that they had adapted to continue service delivery during the pandemic be noted.

6.

New Homes Bonus (Parish Allocations) - Request for Variation

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

That the proposed variation to funding awarded to Loxwood Parish Council from the New Homes Bonus (Parish Allocations) 2020 as set out in section 3.5 of the report be approved.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected;

That the proposed variation to funding awarded to Loxwood Parish Council from the New Homes Bonus (Parish Allocations) 2020 as set out in section 3.5 of the report be refused.

 

7.

Concessionary Rent Relief Application

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

That the Cabinet approve the Lessee’s (The Fernhurst Centre Ltd) request to maintain a rent subsidy as set in section 6 of the report.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

 

That the Cabinet refuse the Lessee’s (The Fernhurst Centre Ltd) request to maintain a rent subsidy as set in section 6 of the report

 

8.

Grant Applications Financial Summary

To note the financial information, fast track grants approved since the last meeting and any grants nearing the three year cut off.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL

 

1. That a six month extension be granted to Fishbourne Tennis Club for the unspent some of £9,800.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected: That the Panel refuses the extension request 

 

2. That an three month extension would be granted to Springboard Media Ltd for the unspent sum of £7,500. 

 

Alternative options considered and rejected: That the Panel refuses to approve the extension request

 

9.

Grant Application - Economy 1

For decision.

Decision:

*As announced by the Chairman at the start of the meeting this application was considered under the Improving Spaces and Places priority and not the Economy priority as stated on the agenda.

 

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Festival of Chichester

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: To contribute to an event that will promote arts and culture within Chichester and the surrounding area.

Sum requested: £1,600

Sum approved: £1,600

Reasons: Promote arts, culture and sport to residents and visitors, whilst supporting the local economy.

Grant conditions: Subject to a funding agreement.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

10.

Grant Application - Economy 2

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Paua Trading Ltd

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: To assist in the relocation costs of a successful local business and support the local economy.

Sum requested: £15,000

Sum approved: £15,000

Reasons: Will benefit the local economy and provide local employment opportunities.

Grant conditions: Subject to a Funding Agreement

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

 

11.

Grant Application - Improving Places and Spaces

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Chichester Ship Canal Trust (CSCT)

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: To contribute towards specialist repairs to the Canal Banks

Sum requested: £10,000

Sum approved: £10,000

Reasons: To preserve and maintain the canal and its natural habitat, for present and future generations.

Grant conditions: Subject to a funding agreement.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

 

12.

Grant Application - Targeted Projects 1

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove (Age UK WSBH)

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: To contribute towards a service that will support older and isolated members of the community.

Sum requested: £10,000

Sum approved: £10,000

Reasons: Provision of a service which will support older and isolated adults to re-engage with society following the pandemic.

Grant conditions: Subject to a funding agreement.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

 

13.

Grant Application - Targeted Projects 2

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Selsey Community Forum

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: To support activities that enhances the understanding, and achieves inclusion for those with hidden disabilities.

Sum requested: £5,000

Sum approved: £5,000

Reasons: Provision of a positive contribution to the mental health and well being of residents.  

Grant conditions: Subject to a funding agreement.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

 

14.

Grant Application - Targeted Project 3

For decision.

Decision:

RESOLVED BY THE CABINET MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CULTURE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS PANEL:

 

Applicant: Youth Dream (Selsey) Limited

Declarations of interest: n/a

Purpose: Contribution towards the cost of employing a new youth worker and establishment of a youth club.

Sum requested: £5,000

Sum approved: nil

Reasons: Concerns regarding creation of new paid role given level of current secured funding.

Grant conditions: n/a

 

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

The Panel considers whether or not to support every application so will always consider not granting an application.

 

15.

Covid Recovery Grants

The Panel will receive an update on the Covid Recovery Grants.

16.

Late Items

The Panel will consider any late items as announced by the Chairman under agenda item 1.

17.

Next Meeting

To note the date of the next meeting as 24 March 2021 at 9.30am, the meeting will be held virtually.