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Paper 11 - 24 September 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

24 September 1999

REGIONAL ASSEMBLY UPDATE

Report from Councillor Keith House, Chair

INTRODUCTION

The Regional Assembly Executive has been taking forward the work of the Assembly since the Annual Meeting in July. This report gives an update on key activities since that meeting.

STAFFING AND ACCOMMODATION

Paul Bevan has been appointed as Director, with Susan Traver appointed Head of Secretariat. The Assembly now has permanent office accommodation at GOSE (Bridge House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4GA, tel 01483 882310, fax 01483 882259). The Assembly's new e-mail address from 1 October will be fullname@southeast-ra.gov.uk, ie paulbevan@southeast-ra.gov.uk.

REGIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY (RES)

The Assembly has taken a full role in SEEDA's consultation programme on the draft RES. A series of workshops throughout the Region in September have addressed the key themes of the RES. The Executive is holding a special meeting on the morning of 24 September to finalise the Assembly's response which will be of a strategic, rather than a local, nature. Officers will be meeting with SEEDA Board members to discuss the Assembly's response. This will inform a special meeting of the Assembly, in Portsmouth on 12 October, which will respond to SEEDA's final submitted Strategy.

SPECIAL ASSEMBLY

The Special Assembly in Portsmouth on 12 October will consider:

The Assembly's response to the final RES

A "vision" statement for the Assembly's role and purpose for the South East

A presentation from SEEDA on their corporate plan

OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Assembly will meet again in November with a strong transport theme to its meeting. The November meeting will also consider the process and principles by which the Assembly reviews its Constitution and working arrangements, as agreed by the launch meeting at the start of this year.

The Executive has commented on government proposals for Learning and Skills Councils and the Small Business Service, worked on the co-location of the region's Brussels representatives, and started work on a communications plan. Regular reports will continue to be made to political group leaders of all authorities through the SEERA Bulletin.

COUNCILLOR KEITH HOUSE 
Chair, South East England Regional Assembly

Last update: 12/10/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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