Agenda/Speakers:

1.Apologies

2.Declarations of Interest

  • Members and officers are invited to make any declaration of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudical interests that they may have in relation to items on this agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the items ot as soon as the interest becomes apparent. 

  • Members and Officers should make their declaration by stating 

  • A) The item they have interest in.

  • B) Whether it is a pecuniary/personal interest and/or prejudicial interest

  • C) The nature of interest 

3.Minutes

  • The committee will be asked to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Economic Committee held on 26th July 2021. 

4.ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MEETING IS OF THE OPINION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY BY REASON OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

6.Budget 2022/23 Setting Report

  • The report provides a summary of the budget process for 2022/23

7. River Road Garages Terminations 

  • This report seeks to set out the options available to the Council for the future use of Council Freehold Land at River Road, Arundel, West Sussex.

8. Beach Hut Service Review 

  • The current leases issued to Privately owned Beach Huts terminate on the 31 March 2022. Demand for the service remains high and the Council must decide on the future shape of the service. This report seeks to set out several options available to the Council, with their Private and Council owned and rented beach huts, with focus on service improvement and financial viability of this non-statutory service, including securing of both increased revenue and increased number of beach huts for the Council.

9. Lorry Park, London Road, Bognor Regis - Marketing Update 

  • The report provides Members with an update on progress against the instruction of the Economic Committee on 26 July to procure the services of an agent and market the site.

10. Pop Up Retail 

  • In March 2020 Arun’s Cabinet agreed a course of action to establish Pop-Up retail in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.  Since then much has changed and this report looks again at how Pop-Up retail might be provided in Arun.

11. Discretionary Grants - Wider Business Support 

  • In June 2021 this Committee agreed to allocate funding from the Government Additional Restrictions Grants to a wider business support fund.  This was in line with guidance and was to be used for a variety of different grants. This report advises the Economy Committee on the progress of those grants and requests that further funds be allocated.

12. Proposed Sussex by the sea Festival, Littlehampton

  • The Council would like to invite expressions of interest from a suitably experienced festival operator to deliver an annual public event on the Greens and/or surrounding areas at Littlehampton seafront. It is proposed that the Council contributes to the operation of the event in the first three years to enable it to be established. This report is asking the Committee to support this proposal in principal and for officers to tender this opportunity for an external provider.

13. Economic Recovery Fund

  • In July this year the Leaders of the eight West Sussex Councils agreed that funding should be allocated from the Economic Recovery Fund, held by West Sussex County Council, to each of the seven District and Borough Councils in West Sussex.  The report asks this Committee to accept the funding and delegate the future use of it, for High Street recovery initiatives which have yet to be considered and costed, to the Chair of the Economy Committee.

14. Avisford Park Public Toilet Refurbishment 

  • Request for Economic Committee approval for the Council to enter into formal contract to complete the refurbishment of the public toilets at Avisford Park, Rose Green, Bognor Regis.

15. Work Programme 

  • The Committee is required to note the Work Programme for 2021/22.

16. Exempt Information 

  • The Committee is asked to consider passing the following resolution: -

  • That under Section 100a (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and accredited representatives of newspapers be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified against the item.

17. Exempt - Avisford Park Public Toilet Refurbishment

  • Request for Economic Committee approval for the Council to enter into formal contract to complete the refurbishment of the public toilets at Avisford Park, Rose Green, Bognor Regis.