Venue: Committee Room, County Hall, Lewes. View directions
Contact: Simon Bailey Democratic Services Officer
Note: ++ The Lead Member will not be present in person, but will take the decisions remotely ++
25.1 The Lead Member confirmed as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2020.
Disclosure of Interests
Disclosure by all Members present of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Members regard the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.
26.1 Councillor Rupert Simmons declared a personal interest in Item 4, in that he is a Director of Sea Change Sussex, but he did not consider this to be prejudicial.
27.1 Reports referred to in the minutes below are contained in the minute book.
Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport
28.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, together an amended Appendix 1, set out below.
28.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to (1) Note the final 2019/20 spend for the Local Growth Fund programme and the amount of funds re-profiled into the East Sussex County Council Capital Programme;
(2) Note the final 2019/20 spend for the Growing Places Fund programme and the amount of funds re-profiled into the East Sussex County Council Capital Programme;
(3) Agree the confirmed scheme spend profiles for the Local Growth Fund programme for the 2020/21 financial year;
(4) Agree the confirmed scheme spend profiles for the Growing Places Fund programme for the 2020/21 financial year; and
(5) Agree the confirmed scheme spend profiles for the Getting Building Fund programme for the 2020/21 financial year.
28.3 East Sussex have been successfully delivering across both the Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund projects, with some slippage in spend in 2019/20. In most cases this slippage was anticipated to be of a short-term nature with spend occurring in the early quarters of the 2020/21 financial year. However, since, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing restrictions put in place in March 2020, this has had a major impact on the delivery of LGF schemes across the SELEP area.
28.4 Mitigation has been put in place including utilising the SELEP Assurance Framework ‘Option 4’ provision to swap out Local Growth Fund monies for local authority capital programmes; seeking approval to extend spend and delivery beyond the original Growth Deal deadline of March 2021 and; providing interest free flexibility on the repayments of the Growing Places Fund loans.
28.5 Through the Getting Building Fund programme, East Sussex has also been successful in securing much needed investment to the area across eight new projects delivering a diverse array of outputs supporting a much needed boost to the local economic recovery over the next 18 months in particular the creation of ... view the full minutes text for item 28.