Agenda item

Update on the Principal Towns Programme (PAC.06.04.2017/8)


Fiona O’Brien, Principal Town Project Manager was invited to the meeting to provide an update on the Principal Town Programme.


Members noted the dates for the Commissioning Board, and it was suggested that the September meeting may be a little ambitious, but they would start meeting in earnest from January, 2018.


The Board would be looking for well evidenced bids that showed the need within the area, and the rationale for the potential impact.  Following consideration, the Board would then make recommendations to Cabinet for approval. 


The meeting considered the essential criteria for the programme, this included:- providing a return on investment; leverage of investment from other funding sources; an impact on Corporate Priorities; and a clear evidence base including community involvement.


The meeting discussed how to generate and develop ideas for the area.    It was noted that the Penistone Community Led Plan and emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan would offer useful sources of information and previous consultation. 


Following discussion it was agreed that the Area Council Members meet initially to consider the available information, before holding a wider consultation meeting with relevant stakeholders.  It was acknowledged that Penistone had a large number of locally based businesses, whose input would be valuable in this process.



(i)     That the update be received and thanks be given to Principal Town Project Manager for her report;

(ii)    That a workshop for Area Council Members be arranged to consider information and discuss the programme in more detail.