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Apologies for absence and substitutions
Cllr Potter was replaced by Cllr Harvey and Cllr Capon sent apologies.
Declarations of interest
Agenda item 6:
Cllr Frankum declared a personal interest stating that he had contact with the former owner of Basingstoke Town Football Club in his capacity as a rotarian.
Cllr Miller declared an interest as Chair of Development Control Committee and commented that as there was an associated planning application relating to the football club it would preclude him from participating in committee discussions relating to the item.
As fellow members or substitutes of the Development Control Committee, Councillors Harvey, George and McCormick also declared an interest but commented that they would reserve the right to speak on item 6, and if required, excuse themselves from the relevant Development Control Committee planning application.
To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.
There were no urgent items.
Minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2019
The minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Membership of the Performance Panel
To confirm and approve the continued membership of the Performance Panel of Councillors C Ashfield, O Cubitt, D George, G James, I Tilbury and J Westbrook.
It was confirmed that Councillors C Ashfield, O Cubitt, D George, G James and I Tilbury would continue their membership of the Performance Panel.
Cllr J Westbrook stood down from the panel and Cllr A McCormick was appointed.
Contact Officer: Helen Taylor-Cobb
Further to the full council meeting of the 27th February 2020 (item104/19) Councillor Tilbury moved, and Councillor Harvey seconded a motion that the questions and concerns raised during public question time and the history of Basingstoke Town Football Club be considered in a report to the next Scrutiny committee meeting. The motion was approved.
The committee is asked to note this report which seeks to set out the history of the Camrose Stadium and Basingstoke Town Football Club.
Cllr Miller left the meeting for the duration of the item.
The Portfolio Holder for Borough Development and Improvement introduced the report. It was explained that the item originated from a meeting of council on the 27th February 2020 (item104/19) when Councilor Tilbury moved, and Cllr Harvey seconded that questions and concerns raised during public question time and the history of Basingstoke Town Football Club (BTFC), be considered in a report to the next Scrutiny Committee. The motion was carried and the history of BTFC referred accordingly.
It was emphasised that the report sought purely to set out the history of the Camrose Stadium and BTFC and that a separate motion on the future of the football club would be discussed at a meeting of the Community Environment and Partnerships Committee (CEP) the following evening.
Whilst making the distinction between the two distinct arenas for discussion concerning the history and future of the club the Chair further added that there was also a live planning application concerning the Camrose Stadium which would not be appropriate for discussion by the Scrutiny Committee.
The Chair invited Steve Williams, a representative of Basingstoke Town Community Football Club, to speak.
Mr Williams commented that whilst the council investing in the Winklebury facilities was welcomed, BTFC were effectively capped at a Grade C club whilst remaining there. He urged the council to back a two stadium approach for Basingstoke going forward and requested sight of the Local Football Facility Plan.
The Chair commented that whilst Mr William’s concerns were valid, they would be more appropriately addressed by CEP and it was suggested that Mr Williams attend the meeting the following evening.
The Sports Infrastructure Team Leader explained that the Local Football Facility Plan was a report led by the Football Foundation and Hants FA with only commentary from the council and local clubs, and so it was not for the council to determine when released.
It was confirmed that extensive consultation with the local community was undertaken prior to BTFC’s move to Winklebury.
The committee made a number of comments relating to the paper and requested that the Interim Delivery Manager provide clarification and a written response to the following queries:
· Clarification was sought as to which party had initially instigated BTFC’s move away from the Camrose site;
· Observing that the council was historically at a certain time prepared to enter into an approximate £1 million land deal with BTFC, it was queried what had changed the council’s position in the interim;
· It was noted that BDBC held a 19% direct interest in the land at the Camrose site and it was queried who principally controlled the interest and how could the council exercise its control to influence the situation for the better; and
· It was queried whether any locations in Basingstoke, other than Down Grange, Old Common, Farnborough and Winchester had been considered as alternative sites, and why they had not been pursued.
Resolved: the Committee
· Note the briefing paper;
· Request a written ... view the full minutes text for item 6/20
Review of Work Programme
The committee reviewed and agreed its work programme with the following comments:-
· It was agreed that a report detailing support offered to borough councillors during the coronavirus pandemic would be scheduled for the July meeting;
· It was agreed that the s106 task and finish group would provide a progress report at the September meeting;
· It was agreed that a report detailing the council’s financial position and budgetary impact from the coronavirus pandemic would be scheduled for the September meeting;
· It was agreed that a report detailing the council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic focusing on economic recovery and community support would be scheduled for the September meeting;
Democratic Services Officer to circulate a work suggestion form for any additional work programme topics.