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An apology for absence was received from Cllr
Alan Metcalf (Cllr Derek Ashenden substituted) and Cllr Benjamin
Minutes PDF 157 KB
The minutes of Community and Leisure Cabinet
Committee held on Tuesday 12 September 2023 were agreed and signed
by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest were made.
Economic Development, Industrial, Jobs & Skills Strategy - Presentation PDF 802 KB
The Senior Economic
Development Officer provided Members of the committee with a
presentation that covered the economic development, industrial,
jobs and skills strategy, and highlighted the following key
Council’s developing a 10 – year strategic plan to
support jobs and business growth. The strategy will sit alongside
existing strategies such as the emerging Local Plan and the
Corporate Plan. This strategy is about reviewing the practical
steps the Council’s business-facing services can take, how
the Council can respond to the changes in local economy, and
supporting both the needs of the employees and the
last Gravesham business network event was held at new well-being
business, House of Leyla, on 5 October. 60 people attended this
event, and it was an opportunity, as part of the Big Conversation,
to listen to local businesses views on the emerging vision and
objectives for the strategy. Feedback was provided that will help
shape the strategy. Further consultation is planned.
Gravesham Business network has a membership of 565 businesses.
These events showcase local business and what the Borough has to
offer - they were held on a quarterly basis.
emerging strategy aims to strike a balance; supporting the existing
economy and opportunities for inclusive growth.
the past, there has been a big focus on the town centre, but it was
important to also consider the urban and village centres to capture
- There was a lot to be said around the communication with
businesses, establishing how they can engage with us and what
partnerships can be offered.
of the businesses within the borough employ less than 10 employees.
1.1% employ more than 50. This was important to acknowledge because
the support and growth for businesses would be
was important that as part of the strategy the Council addressed
barriers such as access to space, infrastructure, business
support/advice and businesses reaching net zero
economy’s made up of a skilled workforce or a talent pool, so
it’s important to ensure that there’s a workforce in
place to cater to the needs of the local businesses. It was also noted that there are significant
socio-economic and health inequalities in the borough, including
skills deprivation. The Council have been working with local
colleges to encourage training that caters to the skills in demand
locally. It was also important to acknowledge that business would
look to invest where there was a skilled workforce.
- Further consultation is planned throughout the development of
the strategy and a broad timeline was presented to show key
tasks/milestones on route to completing the strategy.
and comments from members, the Senior Economic Development Officer
explained the following:
Assistant Director for Inclusive Growth agreed to look into and
consider the concerns raised around delivery accessibility points
within the town centre, particularly where it prohibits/restricts
businesses from loading/unloading deliveries.
- Recent studies had shown that there was a growing arts sector
within Graveshamand the Council were looking
to support the inclusive growth ...
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Events PDF 556 KB
The Leisure Manager presented Members of the
committee with a report that detailed an overview of the
council’s events programme during 2023, and the planning for
future events in 2023/24. It was recommended that the committee
noted the outcome of the events organised by the council and in
partnership with others and makes known its priorities for
consideration in future event programming. The following key points
- It was important that the events
held were as family friendly as possible, and it was evident within
the attendance statistics and footage that this was achieved.
- New events had been held in 2023,
particularly around Halloween following the cancellation of the
- The summer fun programme had
showcased the borough by holding scavenger hunts in local
- The Christmas light switch on was
arranged for Saturday 18 November 2023 and the Council were hopeful
this would increase footfall for the businesses within the town
Committee noted the report.
Community Engagement Activity & Strategy PDF 280 KB
The Community Involvement Officer provided
Members of the committee with a report that updated them on the
progress of community engagement activity including the Community
Following questions and comments from Members, the
Community Involvement Officer explained that:
- This was an annual update.
- The feedback being delivered to
residents who have attended the Big Conversation events were
something to be worked on. However, housing representatives and
tenant representatives were able to feedback to residents. There
were also details of general information that could be listed on
the GBC website, such as nuisance bikes and parking enforcement
- If members wanted to discuss a Big
Conversation event within their ward, they were advised to contact
the Head of Community Support.
- The Assistant Director for Inclusive
Growth advised that good volumes of feedback from the design code
Big Conversations was received, using the multiplatform approach
(in person events, outreach and digital questionnaires).
The Committee noted the report.