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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL, HELD AT INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL, HARESFIELD WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON MONDAY 21ST JULY 2008, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

 

PRESENT:

 

Chairman/Town Mayor: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;

 

Vice Chairman/Deputy Town Mayor: Councillor W. Feldon;

 

Councillors:  T.W. Bowman, A. Graham, J. Myers and D. Sanderson;

 

Ward Councillors:

 

Ingleby Barwick West       R. Patterson;

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Paula M. Hall;

 

Mr Lionel Danby, BSF Director, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Mr Peter Seller, Head of Children & Young People’s Strategy/Assistant Director of Commissioning, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

Mr Jamie McCann, Head of Direct Services, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council;

 

1 Member of the Public was present at the meeting.

 

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Town Councillors Mrs G. Corr, Ms A. Hailes, Mrs E. Harrington, Mrs J. Kirby, Mrs S. Larkin and Mrs J. White.

 

Apologies for absence were also received from Ward Councillor D. Harrington (Ingleby Barwick East) and Ward Councillor K. Dixon (Ingleby Barwick West).

 

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Julia Morrison, Head of School Effectiveness/Assistant Director of Education, Complex & Additional Needs.

 

 

Chairman……………………………………….

 

 

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75. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

 

Councillor T.W. Bowman declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he is a school governor at Whinstone Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 4                          -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

Councillor W. Feldon declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as he is a school governor at St. Francis of Assisi CofE Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 4                          -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

Councillor Mrs I. Machin declared a personal/non prejudicial interest in the following item on the agenda, as she is a school governor at St. Therese of Lisieux RC Primary School:

 

Agenda item no. 4                          -           Building Schools for the Future.

 

 

No further interests were declared.

 

76. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

The Chairman adjourned the meeting at this point to allow public participation.

 

The following matter was raised for discussion:

 

-                      It was questioned as to what applications had been made for lottery

funding. 

Reference was made to the £175,000 funding from Play England towards

Romano Park.  An application for £10,000 has also been submitted to

‘Awards for All’.

It was confirmed that funding is also to be progressed towards the River

Tees Heritage Park.

 

77. BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE (BSF).

 

The Chairman introduced Mr Lionel Danby, BSF Director, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (S.B.C.) and invited him to address the meeting.

 

 

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Mr Danby gave a brief outline of the BSF process to date.  It was noted that the public communication leaflet ‘Future Learning: The Next Steps’ had been distributed across the Borough.  The leaflet listed the six public drop-in sessions organised for early July 2008.  Attendance at both the Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby drop-in sessions had been disappointing.  The Strategy for Change Part 1 was approved by S.B.C.’s Cabinet on 17th July 2008 and will be sent to government for formal assessment on 31st July 2008.  Subject to their approval they will then start work on Strategy for Change Part 2, setting out in more detail how they will deliver the strategy.  At this point there will be opportunities for much more discussion with schools, parents and communities.  Strategy for Change Part 2 is to be submitted to the government at the end of the year.

Reference was made to the outline business plan and the procedure to follow.

 

Town Council Members referred to the quote in the document ‘Future Learning’ where it is stated that the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme is set to transform education in England.  With up to £150 million for S.B.C. this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform secondary education in the Borough.

 

Reference was made to S.B.C.’s three priorities:

 

  • Putting the Learner First
  • Schools at the Heart of the Community, Integrated Service Areas
  • Every School is a Good School

 

It was noted that at the time of the initial public consultation S.B.C. stated that they had not found a way of either creating another secondary school for Ingleby Barwick or for helping All Saints to expand.

 

Following this first round of consultation it was proposed that All Saints be increased from 600 places to 750, although the ‘Future Learning’ document stated that the optimum size for a school is between 800 – 1200 places.  It was noted that reference had previously been made to larger schools being able to offer wider curriculum choices and afford more staff.  They would also find it easier to offer the 14 new vocational diplomas proposed by the Government.

 

It was noted that even with the current proposal to increase All Saints to 900 places, hundreds of children would still be bussed off the estate to schools in the surrounding area costing thousands of pounds.  Development of Ingleby Barwick continues with in the region of 2,000 houses still to be built, generating even more children.

 

 

 

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Concerns were raised in respect of the number of busses transporting children off the estate and some also double running.

 

It was noted that the Town Council had consulted with primary school parents and had received an outstanding response in support of the provision of enough secondary school places in Ingleby Barwick for our children.  Parents were asked to tick yes or no, 215 said Yes with only 2 saying No.

 

Reference was made to development in the surrounding area with the potential to draw in more people from out of the area.

 

Councillor Feldon outlined the measurements he had obtained in respect of All Saints school site and the adjacent areas of land.  The figures suggest that a 1,350 place school could potentially be provided at the location.

 

It was suggested that S.B.C. look into the purchase of the site on the opposite side of the road to All Saints which could then incorporate the Romano Park land which is being used for the expansion of All Saints, as well as provision of the youth café and possibly additional car parking for All Saints.

 

It was noted that as well as expanding All Saints we also need a new secondary school.

 

Mr Danby informed that S.B.C. are working to the rules and criteria of BSF.  The proposals being put forward have been considered at length and are the best possible options at this stage.  It was reiterated that BSF money cannot be used to purchase land.

 

It was noted that S.B.C. has looked at and considered all available land; however funding is the problem as £12 – £14 million would be required.

 

Reference was made to the BOSS (Barwick’s Own Secondary School) campaign.  It was noted that with a possible figure of 8,700 houses on completion the fight still goes on for more secondary school provision in Ingleby Barwick.

 

A general discussion took place on the public consultation responses to date, the projected number of children and the need for another secondary school.

 

Reference was made to the question submitted by Councillor Mrs Kirby with regard to secondary school provision in Coulby Newham and how Middlesbrough Council built a school there large enough to take all the children on the estate where houses were being built, plus having an Academy built at a later date.

 

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It was stated that there would be more consultation to follow.

 

The Chairman thanked Mr Danby for his attendance and input to the meeting.

 

78. YOUTH CAFÉ, INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

The Chairman introduced Mr Peter Seller; Head of Children & Young People’s Strategy/Assistant Director of Commissioning, S.B.C. and invited him to address the meeting.

 

Mr Seller gave a brief summary to date of the proposal for a youth café facility in Ingleby Barwick.  It was noted that money has been allocated to Ingleby Barwick from the Youth Capital Fund which is to be spent within this financial year.  Officers have been exploring and working towards how to provide a youth café facility, looking at available land in the area some of which is Council owned and some private.  However, given the limited amount of money available their options are restricted.

Reference was made to the possibility of providing a modular building.

 

Officers are currently looking at costs to provide a good modular building; reasonable landscaping would also be required.

 

S.B.C. is to engage further with the young people on the matter who will also be involved in the design and specification.

 

It was confirmed that shop units are not considered a suitable option, given their size, location etc.  It was noted that the Council owned land adjacent to the Community Hall is being considered as an option of a temporary site for the youth café.  Members raised concerns in respect of the site which is not a central location.       

 

A general discussion took place on land availability and possible sites which had been considered.  The site opposite All Saints School was suggested by Members as a possible option to be investigated as it is in a central location and as yet there are no houses built in the vicinity.  It could also serve as a permanent site for the youth café which was promised by S.B.C.  It was noted however that the site is in private ownership and therefore the land would need to be purchased.  It was reiterated that the funding is to be spent in this financial year which is a tight timescale.

 

It was suggested that Romano Park would be an ideal location for the youth café, however given the difficulties with the timescale a temporary location may have to be considered.

 

The importance of residents being consulted was highlighted.

 

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It was stated that the capital money is to provide the facility only however revenue is required so that they can service the youth café and provide resources.  This is currently being investigated.

 

Mr Seller referred to the government programme ‘Myplace’ and briefly outlined the funding process.  It was noted that the programme will deliver world class places for young people to go and call their own and will enable the creation of world class youth facilities in communities across the country through the input and influence of young people, and through cross sector partnership working.  Grants under myplace are available between £1m and £5m.  It was noted that if S.B.C.’s bid is successful it will be in the region of 2 to 3 years before it comes to fruition.

 

Mr Seller was thanked for his attendance and input to the meeting.

 

79. ROMANO PARK, INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

The Chairman introduced Mr Jamie McCann, Head of Direct Services, S.B.C. and invited him to address the meeting.

 

Mr McCann noted this as his second attendance at a Town Council meeting and thanked Members for the kind invitation.

 

Mr McCann outlined the tendering process and referred to the ‘expression of interest’ advertisement which had been placed in professional journals for a ‘design and build contract’.  It was noted that S.B.C. are in the process of going out to tender, giving a budget and design brief.  The companies will be asked to give a presentation to all involved including the children.  A contractor will then be chosen. 

 

It was noted that works on Phase 1 of the Romano Park project ‘Landscape for Play’ will hopefully commence on site in January 2009.  In order to allow for establishment and movement of the landscape works etc the site will not be opened for a further 10 weeks after completion of the works to ensure that it is ‘fit for purpose’.  S.B.C. is to work with both the Ward and Town Councillors on this issue.

 

It was noted that the ‘Multi Use Games Area’ (MUGA) which was initially to be incorporated in Phase 1 is to be sited elsewhere.  S.B.C. to liaise with both Ward and Town Councillors on the matter.

 

Reference was made to Phase 3 of the project, land to the rear of All Saints School, which is tied in with the Building Schools for the Future proposals.  It was suggested that S.B.C. look to purchase the piece of land opposite All Saints School.

 

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Mr McCann confirmed that the park will be fenced and CCTV provided.

 

It was noted that Councillor Mrs Machin, Councillor Feldon and the Clerk had met with Mr K. Mathews to look at funding options, access to the site etc.

    

Mr McCann was thanked for his attendance and input to the meeting.

 

 

The Chairman declared the meeting closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman……………………………                      Clerk……………………………….

 

 

 

Date………………………………                           Date………………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

OF THE

 

MEETING

 

OF

 

INGLEBY BARWICK TOWN COUNCIL

 

HELD ON

 

MONDAY 21ST JULY 2008

 

AT

 

INGLEBY BARWICK COMMUNITY HALL

HARESFIELD WAY

INGLEBY BARWICK

 

 

 

PREPARED BY

PAULA M. HALL

CLERK TO THE COUNCIL