Agenda and minutes
Overview and Scrutiny District Centres Subgroup - Thursday, 31st October, 2019 5.00 pm
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Rachel McKeon
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019.
With reference to item ESC/OSG/19/03, the Head of City Policy reported that, despite a strong bid being submitted to the Future High Streets Fund on behalf of Withington District Centre, unfortunately, on this occasion this had been unsuccessful. He stated that consideration would be given to future applications.
The Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration stated that a process would be agreed for which areas were to be submitted to any second round of applications to the Future High Streets Fund. She suggested that an update on this process be reported to a future meeting of the Subgroup.
Officers recommended that the reference in item ESC/OSG/19/04 to Area Based Collaborative Enterprise (ABCE) Cities be corrected to Area Based Collaborative Entrepreneurship (ABCE) Cities. The Chair agreed to this.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019, subject to the above amendment.
Identity, Branding and Marketing
To consider identity, branding and marketing in relation to District Centres. To include a presentation from Marie Hodgson of Manchester Life on how Manchester Life has created a sense of place in Ancoats.
The Subgroup considered the presentation from Marie Hodgson of Manchester Life on how Manchester Life has created a sense of place in Ancoats.
Marie Hodgson referred to the main points and themes within the presentation which included: -
Some of the key points that arose from the Subgroup’s discussions were: -
Marie Hodgson stated that there was a policy of no subletting as part of the lease agreement. She advised that in exceptional circumstances this could be allowed; however, they did everything they could to avoid buy to lets, such as not selling more than one property to one person. She also said that concierges in buildings were important as they could get to know occupiers and know who should or should not be in the building.
Marie Hodgson informed Members that the service charge was not excessive, stating that the model had been designed to be affordable for working people. She reported they did offer a range of properties including three bedroom apartments and town houses.
Marie Hodgson advised that the Public/Private Partnership model worked very well and had been important to successfully delivering the scheme. She said Manchester Life had invested in and remained committed to the area and were keen to work closely with the Council to support the community, noting that they had a very good working relationship with ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
Report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development)
This report provides an update on progress with the District Centres Pilot projects that are being progressed by the Institute of Place Management (IPM) at Manchester Metropolitan University, with the support of the Council. The Place Management Pilots are a key aspect of the work programme overseen by the District Centres Subgroup, and are considering new opportunities to engage local stakeholders and enhance the quality of Manchester neighbourhoods.
The report summarises the outcome of the Chorlton and Gorton Place Management Pilots (which have reached final report stage) and recommends next steps to conclude the project.
The Subgroup considered the report of the Strategic Director (Growth and Development) that provided Members with an update on progress with the District Centre Pilot projects that were being progressed by the Institute of Place Management (IPM) at Manchester Metropolitan University, with the support of the Council. The Place Management Pilots were a key aspect of the work programme overseen by the District Centres Subgroup, and were considering new opportunities to engage local stakeholders and enhance the quality of Manchester neighbourhoods.
The report summarised the outcome of the Chorlton and Gorton Place Management Pilots, which had reached final report stage and recommended next steps to conclude the project. The report was accompanied by presentations submitted by the IPM.
Dr Nikos Ntounis and Dr Chloe Steadman from the IPM referred to the main points and themes within the presentations which included: -
The Subgroup heard from Councillor Holt, Ward Councillor for Chorlton. She stated that she welcomed the report and asked what could be done next to realise the ambitions for Chorlton to ensure it was a great place for people living in and visiting the area and to ensure it remained viable long term. She stated that Chorlton benefited from a diversity of shops and services and that the gentrification of the area should be resisted for the benefit of all residents.
The Subgroup heard from Councillor Hacking, Ward Councillor for Chorlton, who stated that he welcomed the report. He stated that it was very comprehensive, and confirmed what local Members already knew about the area. He welcomed the reported increased number of visitors to Chorlton, commenting that this was very encouraging when compared to the challenges experienced in other areas. With regard to capacity he stated there were a number of complex developments in the area, and questioned whether the local Neighbourhood Team had the required resources available to manage and coordinate this. He stated that the brand of Chorlton did exist amongst the local population and across Manchester. With regard to the public realm he commented that the pavements were in a poor state of repair and investment in the public realm was required. He commented that Beech Road was a vibrant area that reflected the changing demands of the market. In response to a comment from a Member regarding the impact of the closure of the Leisure Centre on local traders, he stated that whist regretting the closure of the centre, this had not been an issue, adding that there were a number of businesses on Manchester Road and the challenge now was how that site and that side of the road was to be developed.
The Chair commented that the footfall data, in particular for the Great Get Together event should be circulated to ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit
To review the terms of reference and work programme of the Subgroup.
The Chair questioned whether the report on the Wythenshawe Town Centre Development would be ready soon enough to be considered by the Subgroup at one of its remaining meetings. The Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration suggested that this instead be considered by the Economy Scrutiny Committee, to which the Chair agreed.
The Head of City Policy reported that, if the Council received any further information about a second round of the Town Centre Challenge Fund, this could be discussed at a future meeting.
To note the Terms of Reference and agree the Work Programme, subject to the above amendments.