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Paper 7 - 18 July 1997

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Friday 18 July 1997

THE PETALS OF THE R.O.S.E.

Paper from the Policy Officer

RECOMMENDATIONS

That the Association approves the proposals put forward at the consultation meeting with other local authorities in the south of London coastal sub-region:

(1) That co-operative arrangements be set up between all local authorities in the sub -region comprising Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, East and West Sussex and Kent.

(2) That the objective of those co-operative arrangements will be to assert the voice of local government and the interests of the area in the Regional Development Agency, in the South East Regional Forum (S.E.R.F.), in other regional fora and in the Local Government Association.

Summary

1.The Associationís meeting on 6 June asked for other authorities in the six-county area to the south of London to be consulted about the need to establish coherent "petals" in this part of the "rest of the south east" ( R.O.S.E.). The result is a preliminary consensus around one "petal" for the south of London coastal sub-region. This report recommends that, having started the debate, this Association should push forward to set up co-operative arrangements across the "petal".

Consultation

2. We consulted all authorities in the "south of London coastal sub-region" (the six-county area of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, East and West Sussex, Kent) by seeking their views and inviting them to a meeting on 9 July at The Anvil, Basingstoke. A full note of the meeting is being prepared. A list of those who attended is attached.

Developing a Consensus

3.Most of those attending the meeting started with an open or sceptical mind. However, a surprising degree of consensus soon emerged around the idea of all authorities in the area co-operating in one "petal".

4.The meeting agreed to recommend to this Association and to parallel organisations across the sub-region:

(1)That co-operative arrangements be set up between all local authorities in the sub-region comprising Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, East and West Sussex and Kent.

(2)That the objective of those co-operative arrangements will be to assert the voice of local government and the interests of the area in the Regional Development Agency, in the South East Regional Forum (S.E.R.F.), in other regional fora and in the Local Government Association.

The Arguments

5. The arguments for co-operation across an area wider than Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were rehearsed at the last meeting of this Association. In the light of the Governmentís proposals for a Regional Development Agency, these arguments were seen at the consultation meeting to be even more compelling. However, the meeting found that any "petal" smaller than the whole sub-region had serious disadvantages. Although the sub-region is large, it was felt that the emergence of associations of authorities across the area means that a network can be established effectively.

The Co-operative Arrangements

6.It was felt that authorities, and groups of authorities should be able to co-operate without setting up yet another secretariat or support staff. The proposal initially is for the development of an active network across the "petal" based on existing and emerging associations of local authorities.

Next Steps

7. The first stage is to consult all the local authority associations across the petal. If they agree then the next steps would be:

7.1 to discuss merger of the electoral college arrangements with the LGA,

7.2 the establishment of a co-operative approach to appointments to S.E.R.F. and other regional fora.

7.3 the establishment of an effective network between the associations in the area.

Copy of annex availble on request

Last update: 04/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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