Enterprising Services Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Sean W Marshall (Chairman) - Annandale South
John Young (Vice-Chairman) - Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Douglas Fairbairn - Annandale North
David James - Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Malcolm Johnstone - Nith
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Ros Surtees - Stranraer and the Rhins
Officials:
Ronnie Dempster - Head of Enterprising Services
Caroline McQuistan - Finance Officer
Alan Mawson - Facilities Services Operations Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
Steven Trotter - Building Maintenance and Construction Manager
Apologies:
Katie Hagmann - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
John Martin - Nith
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present and 2 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 ENTERPRISING SERVICES MONITORING REPORT 2017-18 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 JULY 2017 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

3.1   that based on the first four months expenditure, Enterprising Trading Services was currently projected to return a surplus of £749k against a budgeted surplus of £918k as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report. While this reflects the current position the service was continuing to maximise all opportunities to reduce this shortfall;

 

3.2   that, based on the first four months expenditure, Enterprising Funded Services was currently projected an overspend of £73k as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report; and

 

3.3   AGREED to request that a private seminar be arranged, inviting all Members to look at the remit of EnterprisingDG and its service delivery for our council together with other external business functions.

4 ENTERPRISINGDG - COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - REPORT BY HEAD OF ENTERPRISING SERVICES

Decision

 

4.1   AGREED to receive a refocused and refreshed Commercial Development Plan detailing external and internal strategy of 'Who we Are' at paragraph 3.5 in the report;

 

4.2   NOTED note key developments and updates detailed at paragraphs 4.1- 4.20 in the report; and

 

4.3   AGREED to receive future commercial and development projects as noted at paragraph 5 in the report.

 

DISSENT - David James requested that his dissent be recorded in respect of the above decision having failed to secure a seconder to his motion that the Commercial Development Plan be discontinued and Enterprising Services Committee be disbanded.

 

PROCEDURE - On taking advice from the Governance Officer, the Chairman determined that the proposed motion was not competent as this would be a matter for Full Council.

5 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

 

PROCEDURE - The Chairman advised the Committee that there are 3 apprentices representing Enterprising Services and the Council at this year’s Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) national housing and Building awards final on 5 October 2017.

6 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED adoption of resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) and paragraphs 10 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
7 ENTERPRISING DG - REFURBISHMENT OF COUNCIL DEPOT - REPORT BY HEAD OF ENTERPRISING SERVICES

Summary of Report - This report sought approval for EnterprisingDG to develop a business opportunity for a former depot.

 

Decision

 

7.1   CONSIDERED the options as set out in section 5 and AGREED a preferred option being option 4 as detailed in the report;

AGREED

 

7.2   following the decision by the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, 12 September 2017, to fund the demolition of the structures on site, and to EnterprisingDG pursuing option 4, as detailed in paragraph 5.4 of the report;

7.3   should option 4 not be secured, to the business detailed in the report having first refusal on the purchase of the site, with the structures demolished (option 2);

7.4   should option 4 and option 2 be unsuccessful, to EnterprisingDG adopting Option 3 as the way forward; and

7.5   to receive update reports to the Enterprising Service Sub Committee detailing the finalised contractual arrangements and development brief as the project progresses.