7 December 2016
This Council notes that in England, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area.
This Council notes that in Gloucestershire, GFirst is our Local Enterprise Partnership, of which the Leader of Gloucestershire County Council is a member of the board.
The Council welcomes the work done so far by the GFirst LEP to help develop a thriving economy in Gloucestershire.
However, this Council notes that GFirst LEP holds its regular board meetings ‘behind closed doors’ when it decides on key economic priorities, including the awarding public funds to major infrastructure and investment projects.
This Council, therefore, calls on GFirst LEP in spirit of openness and public accountability to hold its regular board meetings in public and to publish its board papers in the public domain.
The LEP board discussed the proposal to hold board meetings in public at it's meeting on 14th February and came to the following conclusions:
Firstly, it is important to recognise that non-confidential board papers, agendas and minutes are published on the LEP website.
The board had a detailed discussion about the proposal and reflected on the fact that the LEP is currently fully complying with the local assurance framework and the national assurance framework guidance.
The Gloucestershire Joint Economic Growth Committee explores all issues pertinent to the LEP board and it's meetings are held in public.
The LEP, wherever possible, support the work and discussions of the GJEGC Scrutiny Committee and will continue to do so. Scrutiny meetings are held in public.
The LEP board unanimously agreed not to hold board meetings in public.
The LEP board agreed to review this decision in twelve months time.
I trust that clarifies the position.
GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
This Council notes that the Government have recently proposed a change to their ‘fracking’ policy to include a personal payment to households within the area of proposed ‘fracking’ sites.
This Council believes that this is fundamentally wrong, as it could lead to critical environmental decisions being taken away from communities as a whole. This Council reaffirms that the protection of Gloucestershire’s environment is a key priority for this authority.
This Council notes its disappointment in the Government for abolishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change. This Council also notes its disappointment that that previous recommendations made by Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee have not been supported by the administration. Therefore this Council requests that the Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure establishes a cross party advisory group to consider those aspects of the Local Minerals Plan that relate to ‘Fracking’. This would allow members to represent the concerns of local communities.
This Council asks that the Leader of the Council writes to Gloucestershire’s six MPs and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to urge them to re-evaluate Government policy over the proposed Community Support Payment for fracking.
This Council affirms its opposition in principle alone to any attempt to Frack in the Forest of Dean and other parts of the county.
RESOLVED that the following recommendations of the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee be endorsed:
This Council agrees that the establishment of a county-wide ambulance service is not viable at the moment and should not currently be progressed.
This Council supports the addition of the Gloucestershire Flag and name to SWASFT vehicles based in Gloucestershire and that the Leader and Chief Executive of the Council write to the Chair and Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service Trust, and the Chair and Accountable Officer of the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and urge them to pursue this initiative, as long as it is not deemed costly to NHS finances.
This Council offers its full support to the Ambulance Response Programme in the expectation that it will deliver improved quality of care to the people of Gloucestershire.
This Council requires the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and the South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust to report to the Gloucestershire Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 7 March 2017 on the impact of the implementation of the Ambulance Response Programme.
The Leader and Chief Executive of Council write to the Chair and Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust, the Chair and Chief Executive of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and the Chief Executive of NHS Wales, asking for information on how they are addressing the unavailability of double-crewed ambulances in the Newport and Chepstow areas, and the handover delays at the Royal Gwent Hospital; and when this Council can expect these issues to be resolved.
The Council asks the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to submit a report to the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the actions in place to address and reduce handover delays at the acute hospitals in Gloucestershire.
The working group recommend that this Council agrees:
- That elected members as community leaders undertake to download the AdviceASAP App to their smart phone, for their personal use and to encourage its use in their local communities.
- That elected members promote the AdviceASAP App and associated website in their communities through their newsletters and their work with community groups and parish councils, and
- That elected members encourage their local communities to ensure that their properties are clearly identified to help the ambulance service locate them in the event of an emergency.
This Council requests the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group keep the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee regularly updated on the progress of the redesign of primary and urgent services, and the planned location of the Urgent Care Centres when known.
The Leader and Chief Executive of the Council write to the Chair and Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service Trust to inform them that this council values paramedics and holds them in high regard; and recognises their important role in the delivery of quality patient care to the people of Gloucestershire.
This Council invites the Chief Executive of the South Western Ambulance Service Trust to undertake a presentation on the work of the ambulance service to all members of Council, and that this event is also open to members from the district councils in Gloucestershire.