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ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES
26 March 1999
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Joint Report of Peter Robertson, Chief Executive, Hampshire County Council and
Andrew Lloyd, Chief Executive, Rushmoor Borough Council
The Association is recommended to:-
(1) support the partnership approach being adopted in response to the consultation process initiated by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA);
(2) express its strong concern that the economic strategy should integrate with other regional plans;
(3) emphasise to SEEDA the need for involvement of Local Authorities in the development of the Strategy and its implementation; and
(4) endorse the Hampshire Economic Partnership (HEP) submission (enclosed separately) which has been prepared in consultation with Local Authorities.
1. The SEEDA Chairman, Mr Allan Willett CMG, visited Hampshire on 24/25 February as part of his tour of county-wide partnership areas. The visit was hosted by Hampshire Economic Partnership and arrangements were assisted by over 20 Hampshire-based organisations.
2. A combination of presentations, visits and receptions at nearly 30 events gave the SEEDA Chairman a unique insight into the issues and challenges facing the Hampshire economy. Topics covered included urban and rural regeneration, skills, infrastructure, social exclusion, tourism and business competitiveness.
3. Allan Willett emphasised three priorities:
sustainable economic growth to raise the south east region into the top ten regions of the world within 10-15 years
social inclusion to raise living standards of the worse off to the current regional average within 10 years
conservation of the "green and pleasant land".
4. He referred to a tripartite approach at regional level between the Government Office for the South East (GOSE), SEEDA and the Voluntary Regional Chamber (the South East England Regional Assembly).
5. Of specific relevance in Hampshire:
commitment to supporting a change in Ministry of Defence land release policy to reflect local economic and social needs
change in regional policy to reduce inter-regional competition for business expansion and ban attempts to lure Hampshire companies to other parts of the UK with grant aid
the need to make a sound business case for new infrastructure investment (eg Hindhead). The possibility of raising regional "bonds" for such investments
rejection of rigid lines of demarcation of economic strongholds versus areas for regeneration as proposed by SERPLAN
support for high added value knowledge-based companies which invested in research and development The "wired region".
6. Follow-up to the visit has been extensive with HEP's Task Groups and other interested parties forwarding background papers to SEEDA to inform the consultation process on the Regional Economic Strategy.
REGIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY (RES)
7. The consultation process has already started with a target date of June for the production of 8. In Hampshire, the response has been co-ordinated by Hampshire Economic Partnership, who have already met with SEEDA's economic consultants.
9. The response which has been circulated together with the HIOW papers has been based on the initial briefing submitted to SEEDA at the HIOW meeting in November. HEP will be organising workshops in May and a seminar to consider the draft RES in June.
10. Of particular concern to local authorities in Hampshire will be the need to:
involve the Regional Assembly
recognise the role of elected Members in local delivery
work with HEP on local consultation
reflect the broad spread of interest in strategic authorities (eg Hampshire County Council and the Unitary Authorities) for a co-ordinated approach to issues of housing, crime, health, education and the environment as well as economic prosperity
build on the relationship with other Government Departments such as the Department for Education and Employment, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Home Office etc. as well as regionally based organisations such as SERPLAN.
Chief Executive, Hampshire County Council
Chief Executive, Rushmoor Borough Council
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