Asset and Estate Management, Sport, Leisure and Culture Cabinet Member – Minutes – 4 August 2011

5 (5) KEY ARTS ORGANISATION GRANT – INSIGHT OPEN STUDIOS – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report to consider an application for funding from Insight Open Studios.

Insight was a voluntary sector group that managed the annual open studio event that took place across North and North East Lincolnshire. Insight allowed artists to open their homes or studios to members of the public over two weekends in September. This year the event would take place over 18/19 and 25/26 September.

Insight began in 2001 with 16 artists taking part and 1,351 visitors. The event had grown steadily with 97 artists taking part and 16,637 visitors attending in 2010.

Insight promoted artists working in North Lincolnshire. As part of the project each artist was offered the opportunity to have his or her work professionally photographed and was given a full page in the Insight brochure.

The full cost of taking part in the event was £120 per artist, the artist contributed £30, and although the Arts Council England provided a grant towards the cost, the artist was left with a shortfall. The group was requesting funding to cover the shortfall.

Resolved – That the offer of funding support totalling £930 to Insight for their annual Open Studio event be approved.

6 (6) LEISURE CAPITAL GRANT AID APPLICATIONS – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking consideration of an application received by the council for financial assistance.

The key points of the report were that:

  • There were four different leisure grant aid schemes.
  • There was one application for grant aid to consider against the scheme criteria and available funds 

The report highlighted that a great deal of work had been undertaken to support the groups applying for grant aid. They had worked hard to develop projects for their communities, but were often frustrated by their inability to lever in sufficient funds to bring a deserving community project to fruition. A grant of sufficient proportions was needed to help lever in enough funds from other sources to make their project happen.

Resolved – That the recommended level of grant support, set out in appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

7 (7) NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE MARKETS TRADER’S CHARTER – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking approval for a new Market Trader’s Charter.

The council ran markets in Scunthorpe, Ashby, Brigg and Barton. Two types of trader operated at the markets; those who were leaseholders and those who traded as a weekly let. Within the leases there were specific conditions that the trader must follow, these were supplemented by a set of rules and regulations. The traders who were weekly lets were also asked to abide by the rules and regulations.

The council were working hard to improve the markets and aiming to attract new shoppers and traders. To assist with this it was important to have a new set of easy to enforce regulations that reflected modern trading patterns.

The Trader’s Charter also set out clear guidelines and processes for traders with regard to the use of space around stalls, along with expectations by both parties. The document would be used to raise the level of customer care in order to provide good service to both shoppers and traders.

Resolved – That the North Lincolnshire Markets Trader’s Charter be approved.

8 (8) CULTURAL OLYMPIAD 2012 – UPDATE – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report updating the Cabinet Member for plans to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad 2012, and to seek approval for the wider partnership.

Events and exhibitions for the Cultural Olympiad have been in the planning stages since 2009. Progress has been reported to the Cabinet Member on a regular basis. Cycling was the focus of activities across most venues, this fitted well with:

  • The ambition to link culture and sport
  • The strong history of cycle manufacture and use in the area
  • An Olympian from the 1920’s, Lal White, who was from Scunthorpe
  • The regional theme of I Move 

The report gave details of proposals for events and exhibitions that both the council and the voluntary sector were developing or had developed for the Cultural Olympiad.

Resolved – (a) That the update on plans for the Cultural Olympiad be approved, and (b) that further updates be submitted to the Cabinet Member at a later date.

The following items contain exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

9 (9) PROPERTY TRANSACTION SCHEDULES – The Director of Infrastructure Services submitted a report seeking for consideration, and where necessary approval, of a schedule containing the terms of all recently negotiated property transactions.

The schedules covered both operational and commercial property.

Resolved – That the schedules appended to the report be approved.

Where there is no report this is because it is exempt, as it contains information which is considered to be of a confidential nature, as detailed in the Local Government (Access to Information) Act.