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Paper 3 - 24 September 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Minutes of the Association meeting held at Portsmouth City Council on 23 July 1999 at 10.00 am.

Present:

Basingstoke and Deane

Councillor J Evans
Councillor B Gurden
Mrs K Sporle (Chief Executive)

East Hampshire

Councillor J Venning
Mrs J Hunter (Chief Executive)

Eastleigh

Councillor K House
Councillor Mrs M Kyrle OBE, JP
Mr C Tapp (Chief Executive)

Fareham

Councillor E Crouch
Councillor S Woodward
Mr A Davies (Chief Executive)

Gosport

Councillor Mrs T Bloodworth
Mr M Crocker (Chief Executive)

Hampshire

Councillor A Collett
Councillor A Rice
Councillor W Wheeler
Mr P Robertson (Chief Executive)
Mr E Wooldridge (Director of Arts, Countryside and Community)
Mr T Greenwood (County Planning Officer)
Mr A Seber (County Education Officer)
Mr R Lisney (County Surveyor's Department)

Hart

Councillor P Hutcheson
Mr G Jelbart (Chief Executive)

Havant

Councillor D Gillett
Councillor D West
Mr R Smith (Chief Executive)

Isle of Wight

Councillor M Morgan Huws
Mr B Quoroll (Chief Executive)

New Forest

Councillor T Droogleever
Mr I Mackintosh (Chief Executive)

Portsmouth

Councillor T Blair
Councillor J Patey
Mr B Partridge (Head of Chief Executive's Department)

Rushmoor

Councillor A Straker
Councillor G Woolger (Vice-Chairman)
Mr A Colver (Head of Democratic Services)

Test Valley

Councillor J Morgan OBE
Councillor B Palmer (Chairman)
Mr A Jones (Chief Executive and Honorary Secretary of the Association)
Ms E Gault (Policy Officer)

Winchester

Councillor D Atwell
Mr D Cowan (Chief Executive)

Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Councillor Mrs J Pittfield
Mrs S Hudson (Director)

Isle of Wight Association of Parish and Town Councils

Mrs B Lawson

Association of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Authorities

Mr N Goulder (Policy Manager)
Mrs D Allen (Policy Manager's PA)

Also in attendance Mr P Lovejoy, Head of Partnership Projects, Hampshire TEC; and Mr P Clyne, Consultant on Lifelong Learning.

57.99 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs P Baker (Basingstoke and Deane); Councillor A Mandry (Fareham), Councillor S Cully (Gosport); Councillor R Jones (Hart), Councillor K Thornber (Hampshire); Councillor H Rees (Isle of Wight); Cllrs S Hayes and M Kendall (New Forest); A Lloyd (Rushmoor); Councillor I Gibson (Portsmouth); Mr N Gurney (Portsmouth); Councillor A Jackson (Test Valley), Councillor J Steel (Winchester); Councillor B Clements and J Brookes (Dorset Councils Association); Ms H Horton (Community Action Hampshire); and Mr S Bowes (Hampshire TEC).

58.99 WELCOME

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Horne, welcomed all present to the meeting.

59.99 MINUTES

The minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 4 June 1999 were agreed as a correct record.

Arising out of minute 43.99 (Review of Local Government Association Member Structures), the Chairman reported on a meeting he had attended at the LGA to discuss this issue. He reported that the LGA was planning to set up a regional policy forum consisting of regional groupings who would report back on LGA papers. A working party would be organised to set this up. It was agreed that HIOW should be involved in the planning stages.

Arising out of minute 49.99 (The Association's Budget and Subscriptions for 1999/2000), the Honorary Secretary reported that Hart was now a full member of the Association. He also reported that a meeting was being set up between himself, the Chairman and the Leader and Chief Executive of Southampton City Council to try to persuade Southampton to join the Association. It was pointed out that HIOW being recognised as a regional grouping for LGA purposes would help to persuade Southampton to join because Southampton takes an active part in LGA affairs.

Councillor Keith House was congratulated on being re-elected as Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA).

60.99 LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE WHITE PAPER ON POST-16 EDUCATION

A presentation was given by Ewart Wooldridge, Director of Arts, Countryside and Community (Hampshire County Council); Peter Clyne, a consultant in this subject, and Andrew Seber, County Education Officer, on Lifelong Learning and the White Paper on Post-16 Education.

Ewart Wooldridge concentrated on what Hampshire County Council had implemented so far. A conference had been held in January this year which had produced four objectives to inform, encourage, set up networks and to stimulate lifelong learning. Hampshire County Council would need to set up a collaborative process with all levels of Local Government and the voluntary sector in order to create trust between all parties.

Peter Clyne gave an overview of the work he was undertaking for Hampshire County Council on lifelong learning. He was working on the production of a lifelong learning development plan for Hampshire which will be submitted to the Government by the end of October.

He reported that Great Britain was the most uneducated country with regards to further education in western Europe and that two-thirds of people over the age of 23 expressed no interest in undertaking further education. It was important to target those sections of the community who are currently excluded from lifelong learning eg those living in underprivileged areas and the over 60s. It was also important that those involved in lifelong learning should "learn from the learners" to ascertain the best way forward. He concluded this part of his presentation by giving examples of potential sites for learning opportunities such as supermarkets, leisure centres and libraries.

The second part of Mr Clyne's presentation centred on the Government's White Paper on Post-16 Education. He went through the proposals outlined in the White Paper, one of which was to set up local Learning and Skills Councils which would be funded by Central Government. He urged all those present to respond to the White Paper. The closing date for responses was 15 October 1999.

Andrew Seber, County Education Officer, reported on the setting up of local strategic lifelong learning partnerships. This partnership which involved Hampshire and Portsmouth had been approved by the Government Office for the South East. The Isle of Wight would have a separate partnership. The partnership, which would be funded, would operate for the time being until April 2001 and maybe longer. A conference would be held on 6 October 1999.

Mr Seber also went through various aspects of the White Paper which would have local significance and mentioned several documents which have been produced on lifelong learning.

The Chairman drew the meeting's attention to a letter from the LGA asking for a response on what boundaries local authorities wished the local Learning and Skills Councils to be set up. Paul Lovejoy from the Hampshire TEC attended to talk about this issue. He also gave an indication on how the Councils would be funded. It had been suggested that a local Learning and Skills Council be set up to cover Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Concern was expressed by the Isle of Wight about this proposal. It was felt that young people and the unemployed especially would be adversely affected. If at all possible the Island would like to have its own local Learning and Skills Council.

Eastleigh stressed the importance of obtaining maximum impact. There were concerns in the areas of funding and accountability. It was suggested that SEEDA should be lobbied to ensure that local learning and skills arrangements are locally accountable. It was also agreed that HIOW should co-ordinate a collective response from Association members to the Government White Paper including focusing on accountability.

Portsmouth welcomed the Government's proposals in general and felt that they should particularly be applied to the socially excluded.

It was suggested that the response to the LGA should emphasise the concerns of member authorities at this stage:

(1) the accountability of the local skills and learning arrangements to democratic processes;

(2) the integration of skills, learning and business support arrangements into sound local governance; and

(3) ensuring that adequate funding is provided.

The Chairman thanked all the speakers for their contributions.

RESOLVED -

(1) That the report be noted and that all HIOW members work together to develop new opportunities and initiatives which extend the range, scope and participation in lifelong learning; and

(2) That HIOW should co-ordinate a collective response to the Government White Paper including focusing on accountability.

61.99 THE FUTURE OF PROJECT INTEGRA

Bob Lisney of Hampshire County Council presented a report by the County Surveyor on the future of Project Integra.

The report was presented to the meeting to enable discussion of the concepts and to seek approval to create a debate about the future for waste generally, not just for domestic waste. The Project Integra partnership is seen as an ideal foundation from which to engage a wider partnership of sectors with the aim of creating more sustainable local systems for resource use and processing of recyclable material. Funding is available to progress one stage of the proposals - ie a scoping report. Future funding for implementation is likely to come from a variety of resources.

Portsmouth asked what costs were involved. Sample figures were set out in the recommendations to the report.

Basingstoke and Deane highlighted difficulties they were having with opposition over the Chineham incinerator. They felt that more attention should be paid to the public involvement aspect of the proposals.

RESOLVED -

That the report be approved as a first draft and that the overall direction for the next stage of Project Integra be endorsed.

62.99 REGIONAL CULTURAL CONSORTIUM

The Policy Manager introduced his report which gave details of HIOW's nomination of Councillor Freddie Emery-Wallis as Chair of the Regional Cultural Consortium for the South East which was being set up by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Portsmouth enquired where bodies such as the Arts Councils fitted into the proposed Consortium. It was explained that informal regional cultural fora already existed which embraced these bodies. The Arts Councils and others would play a part in the Regional Cultural Consortia.

Eastleigh expressed concern at the setting up of another quango and thought that established regional bodies could be utilised. The Chair of SEERA reported that the Regional Assembly had also put forward a nomination for Chair of the Regional Cultural Consortium.

RESOLVED -

That HIOW's nomination of Councillor Freddie Emery-Wallis, CBE, DL, FSA, for the post of Chairman of the Regional Cultural Consortium for the South East by the Association be confirmed.

63.99 SOUTH EAST ENGLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

Alan Jones, the Honorary Secretary, reported back on the Regional Assembly meeting which had taken place the previous day. The Regional Economic Strategy (RES) had been launched at the meeting. The Strategy comprised two parts which the Honorary Secretary outlined. It was felt that the statement from Alan Willett on the concept of economic growth without physical expansion was important.

The Chair of SEERA stressed that the RES needed careful reading and urged everyone to take it back to their authorities and discuss it within their appropriate areas. The consultation timetable was extremely tight. The Regional Assembly would be holding workshops on the various issues raised in the RES. Authorities would need to respond by 15 September. It was suggested that each Authority respond directly to SEEDA.

RESOLVED -

That the oral report be noted.

64.99 HAMPSHIRE COUNTY STRUCTURE PLAN 1996-2011: RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

The County Planning Officer introduced his report on responses to the proposed modifications to the County Structure Plan.

Concern was expressed that the Structure Plan needed to be adopted as soon as possible. The County Planning Officer agreed with this. Concern was also expressed on the Secretary of State's decision on housing numbers.

Councillor Peter Hutcheson (Havant) drew attention to the fact that two of the three strategic planning authorities (Portsmouth and Southampton) had met with District Planning Chairs to discuss the issue.

RESOLVED -

That the report be noted.

65.99 LGA WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - 15 JUNE 1999

Consideration was given to a report-back from Councillor Mrs Paula Baker (Basingstoke and Deane) on this committee meeting.

RESOLVED -

That the report be noted.

66.99 NEXT MEETING

It was noted that the next meeting would be held on Friday 24 September at 10.00 am at Eastleigh Borough Council.

Last update: 11/10/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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