5.30pm–7.30pm Wednesday, 21st December 2005 Minutes Present: Rose Ardron (Chair), Dorrett Buckley-Greaves, Stephen Cooke, John Errington,
Tony Hall, Muhammad Iqbal (Vice Chair), Steve Jones, Ronnie Lewin, Joanne Roney,
Amanda Wells, Mohammed Younis.
In Attendance: John Clark (Chief Executive), Jon Cowley (BNDfC Education Theme Manager), Mushall Khan (Acting Programmes Director), Jane Anthony (PA to Chief Executive), Joice Richards (BNDfC Housing & Environment Theme Manager), Cecilia Shields (BNDfC Employment Theme Manager), David Shepherd (SCC)
Observers: Christine Steers
Apologies, Welcome & Introductions
Apologies were received from Andy Buck, Pete Handy, Denise Horsefall, Beryl Peck, Aisha Special K and John Vincent.
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave particular welcome to Sir Robert Kerslake, Jonathan Crossley-Holland from Sheffield City Council. The Chair welcomed and introduced Cecilia Sheilds, the new Employment and Enterprise Theme Manager.
Declaration of Interest – Open Agenda
The Chair requested members to declare any interest they had on items on the open agenda.
Amanda Wells declared an interest in item 5 on the agenda (units within Sorby House).
Advancing Together Update
The Chair welcomed Sir Robert Kerslake (SRK) and Jonathan Crossley-Holland (JCH) to the meeting and invited them to give their presentation (a copy is attached to these minutes – SRK slides 1-20, JCH slides 21-29).
Sir Robert Kerslake gave his presentation and added that he was keen for feedback from Board members on the Advancing Together Agreement (ATA) and he himself acknowledged that BNDfC and SCC need to progress their work on mainstreaming as the ATA is now at a stage where projects are winding down so we need to embed the initiatives that have worked, capture the important elements, reprioritise resources and look at new ways of delivery.
Jonathan Crossley-Holland gave his presentation and added that he acknowledged that Burngreave was keen to be in Phase I of the new Service Districts and the Directorate was proposing that Burngreave would come into the initiative as from April 2006. Service Districts are devolving work and planning to local areas and the aim is to ensure the well-being of children by providing opportunities to achieve their potential so they can:
SCC are currently reorganising their services on a service district basis which will be under one management and this will help to safeguard children’s lives by ensuring they do to not drop between the services.
The Acting Programmes Director presented her report that updated Partnership Board members on the progress of the projects contained in the Advancing Together Agreement between Burngreave New Deal for Communities (BNDfC) and Sheffield City Council (SCC) and highlights the issues and challenges we need to address together as we move into a new phase of the programme.
The Partnership Board:
Received and noted the report.
The BNDfC Chief Executive stated that the Assistant Programmes Directors report was from BNDfC’s perspective and added that whilst there are some minor concerns with the education projects they are delivering effectively, however, the key challenge to Burngreave is how the partnership moves forward making sure Burngreave is an area that advances. The next stages will be to discuss mainstreaming and the changing relationships.
Jonathan Crossley-Holland responded to members comments as follows:
The figure of 40% of secondary school pupils attending a school outside the area is a large number but the figure used to be 53% so this reduction should be celebrated. There are not enough secondary places in Burngreave and this is due to growth of the population which was not predicted e.g. the rise in refugee/asylum seekers in the area. The lack of places has also been raised by Councillors and is an issue which needs more deliberation prior to providing Councillors with proposals to address the problem.
The Government’s White paper has suggested that schools take collective ownership regarding arrangement for children who have been formally or informally excluded from school. However, the challenge is to get the underlying reasons why children are being excluded from school in the first place and why BME children are excluded more than other children. This issue is one which has run a long time and is a major area of work that requires progressing, BNDfC and SCC need to work together to find a solution to this problem.
Burngreave will become a full Service District area in April 2006 and a team will be put in place to progress this work. SCC would like to appoint a Co-ordinators in January 2006 but the current budget does not allow for the Co-ordinators to be appointed until September 2006, however, consideration will be given to the budget and the possibility of early appointment subject to sufficient resources being available.
The figures contained in the presentations use the child’s residential address as a basis for collecting the information.
Progress must be made against the educational entry level that any child comes into the area with.
The Service Districts will be large areas and it may be sensible for the district to be subdivided therefore this is something that will require discussion with BNDfC.
Sir Robert Kerslake suggested that the ATA update could incorporate a progress report regarding exclusions which will measure the effectiveness of initiatives put in place.
The Chair thanked Jonathan Crossley-Holland for his presentation and attendance at this meeting.
The Chair added that the Mixed Communities initiative will help us to manage future challenges.
Jonathan Crossley-Holland left the meeting.
Sir Robert Kerslake welcomed comments from Board members regarding his update and duly responded as follows:
It would be sensible to run a cleaner greener safer education campaign now as there is evidence of a sustained period of improvement in the area so the whole can be targeted about their responsibility to sustain the improvement.
It is hoped that the tenders for Sorby House do come in lower via the OJEC route but Sorby House will still provide value for money as the work undertaken and costs involved will act as a catalyst to bring other benefits to the area.
It is important that Sorby House is progressed as it provides physical evidence of, and commitment to change, this in turn will give the private sector confidence to come into the area and invest.
There is a large amount of research that has been undertaken regarding exclusions and the issues relating to different communities but the challenge is the application and measuring of initiatives to identify if they are making a difference.
Bob Kerslake suggested that BNDfC Communications Team should liaise regularly with Simon Hope of SCC Communications Dept and aim to release 4 short stories over the forthcoming year.
Joanne Roney informed members that regarding Street Wardens, Safer Neighbourhoods are putting localised resources into the area, BNDfC will not be resourcing the Safer Neighbourhoods initiative in the BNDfC area and therefore this can be seen as evidence of a service mainstreamed, however, the initiative may not be the same as what the area has previously had and it may be that the Partnership Board want to invest in providing something similar to what the area has previously had.
The Housing & Environment Theme Manager agreed to investigate the length of time residents were waiting for their surveys to be completed on the Home Owner project (names to be supplied by Mohammed Younis) and feedback this information to Sir Robert Kerslake for follow up and Board members for information.
The Partnership Board agreed that:
The Chief Executive should progress work required regarding mainstreaming and feedback information to Sheffield City Council.
The Chair thanked Sir Robert Kerslake for his attendance at this meeting.
Sir Robert Kerslake and the Assistant Programmes Director left the meeting.
The Chief Executive presented his report that informed the Partnership Board of the options identified in 2003 for the reinvestment of the funding used for the accelerated demolition of the Woodside estate and asked which of the options members want to select.
David Shepherd presented his report (attached to Appendix 2) and answered questions from members as follows:
SCC are able to bring in funding now but can’t promise the same funding will be available in 7 years time.
Pye Bank School is being considered as part of the development and will have high value partners on site as part of the Mixed Communities initiative.
It has not been determined which properties are for affordable rent/sale the project group will be looking at the terms of the brief with developers, but the demand for large affordable family homes is noted.
The Chief Executive and Chair are members of the Housing Project Group.
Joanne Roney stated that as BNDfC was the preferred partner in the area SCC can agree to the Chair’s request of separate discussions or a process whereby BNDfC can influence the development of the site.
The Chief Executive confirmed that £936,000 was not earmarked for housing projects as housing was not a priority for the programme. This money has been put into the site to ensure that BNDfC has a voice and to make sure that local people have an opportunity and a say regarding the properties erected on site.
The Partnership Board:
Request that SCC undertake an independent valuation of the site by 31st January 2006.
Request that a report be presented to the February 2006 Partnership Board meeting for a decision to be made on options 1, 2 and 3 identified in the report.
Agreed that the Chief Executive reports back on the role of the Partnership Board in the development of the Woodside brief.
The Chair added that the Chief Executive should ensure that members have the opportunity to discuss option 3 further prior to the February Board meeting.
Joanne Roney agreed to inform the Housing Project Group of the suggestion that more residents should be approached to join the membership of the Project Group.
John Errington and David Shepherd left the meeting.
AT Transformational Projects Update
The Chief Executive presented this report updating Partnership Board members on the progress of the Transformational Projects contained with the Advancing Together Agreement between Burngreave New Deal for Communities (BNDfC) and Sheffield City Council (SCC).
Members were in agreement that the progress of the Advancing Together Transformational projects should be clearly communicated to the community, the Chief Executive agreed to convey information to the community but added that any publicity would not go into great detail due to the commercial in confidence issues.
Members noted the importance of the progression of Sorby House.
The Partnership Board:
Approved the Vestry Hall tender from Simpson (York) for the sum of £2,199,516.48.
Endorsed the decision of the Advancing Together Transformational Projects Steering Group to re-tender the Sorby House project.
Noted the contents of the report.
The minutes of 30th November 2005 have been previously circulated and agreed by Board members.
There was no other business brought before the meeting.