Agenda and minutes

Grants Advisory Committee
Friday, 22 February 2019 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Monkfield Room, First Floor. View directions

Contact: 03450 450 500 Email: Democratic.Services@scambs.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Councillor Sue Ellington sent Apologies for Absence. Councillor Peter Topping substituted but was not present for the Community Grants item.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on … as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Grants Advisory Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2019, subject to the following:

 

Minute 7 – Elite Athlete Awards Scheme

 

Delete “Councillor Dr. Claire Daunton…directed more generally…” and replace with “Councillor Dr. Claire Daunton pointed out that there were talented musicians (and others) who could be described as elite.”

4.

Community Chest: Funding Applications pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Grants Advisory Committee considered applications deferred from the meeting held on 25 January 2019 and new applications received between 1 January and 31 January 2019.

 

After discussing each application in detail, the Grants Advisory Committee made recommendations as follows to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance:

 

Applicant

Village(s) affected

Description

Total applied for (£)

Total recomm

ended (£)

Additional conditions/ comments

 

Cambourne United Football Club

 

Cambourne

 

Provide new equipment for FA’s new ‘Just Play’ project

 

 

1,000.00

 

  954.76

 

Grant awarded for equipment only

 

1st Over St Mary’s Scout Group

 

Over

 

Purchase of new tents for camping events

 

 

1,000.00

 

1,000.00

 

 

St Catherine’s Parochial Church Council

 

 

Litlington

 

Installation of kitchen and toilet facility

 

1,000.00

 

Deferred

 

 

Footprints Café Ltd

 

Sawston

 

Sound proof panels to enhance acoustics in training room café

 

 

1,000.00

 

Deferred

 

Further documentation needed

 

Willingham Action Group

 

Willingham

 

 

Purchase and install bird boxes

 

354.19

 

354.19

 

 

 

Histon and Impington Communications Community Interest Company

 

 

Histon and Impington

 

Develop and create a new online “hub” for news in Histon and Impington

 

1,000.00

 

Defer

 

More info needed on relationship to PC

 

Heathfield Area Recreation Trust

 

Thriplow

(Heathfield)

 

Purchase a marquee to support a new youth club

 

 

1,000.00

 

1,000.00

 

 

The Connections Bus Service

 

Cottenham

 

Provide a 10-week babysitting course for students in Cottenham

 

 

1,000.00

 

Nil

 

On-going revenue costs are outside scope of scheme

 

Cambridge Past, Present and Future

 

Stapelford

 

Purchase materials for outdoor education program

 

 

995.50

 

995.50

 

 

Councillor Peter Topping joined the meeting after the conclusion of Minute no. 4

5.

Mobile Warden Scheme Grant Funding 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Jose Hales declared a pecuniary interest in this item because his wife is paid as Manager of the scheme in Melbourn. He left the room during its consideration, took no part in the debate, and did not vote. Councillor Hales is himself is a trustee of that Scheme.

 

Councillor Clare Delderfield took the Chair for this item.

 

The Grants Advisory Committee considered a report seeking its recommendation as to the level of grant funding to be awarded to local Mobile and Community Warden Schemes, subject to budget approval, as part of the Council’s scheme of grants to the voluntary sector for 2019-20.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Dr. Claire Daunton, the Head of Sustainable Communities and Wellbeing undertook to investigate the cost implications of South Cambridgeshire District Council helping to ensure the payment to wardens of a living wage. In response to a question from Councillor Peter McDonald, the Head of Sustainable Communities and Wellbeing confirmed that officers were exploring the potential for maintaining a contingency fund.

 

Members endorsed paragraph 15 of the report from the Director of Housing, Health and Environmental Services, and indicated a preference for Option (b) in paragraph 17.

 

The Grants Advisory Committee recommended that

 

1.    subject to Council approval of the Budget, the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance fund local mobile and community warden schemes in 2019-20 as follows:

 

Scheme

Grant Awarded 2019/20 (£)

Amount Awarded 2018/19 (£)

Reason(s)

Histon & Impington (Age UK)

2,520

2,520

Increase from 2018/19 due to additional new schemes.

Swavesey (Age UK)

1,240

1,240

Small Villages (Age UK)

3,040

3,040

Teversham (Age UK)

1,600

1,600

Waterbeach (Age UK)

1,300

n/a

Linton (Age UK)

2,500

2,500

Stapleford (Age UK)

1,000

n/a

Cottenham

1,800

1,200

Uplift to reflect low reserves and increased client charge.

Harston

1,250

1,250

 

Haslingfield

250

250

 

Melbourn

2,200

2,200

 

Milton

2,155

2,155

 

The Mordens & Litlington

2,155

2,155

 

Great Shelford

1,000

n/a

Great Shelford has not applied every year.  They last applied in 2016/17.

TOTAL

23,410

20,110

 

 

2.    the Mobile and Community Wardens Scheme be reviewed in six months’ time.

6.

Elite Athlete Award Scheme: 2018/19 Review pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

The Grants Advisory Committee considered a report on the Elite Athlete Award Scheme with a view to making sure that either that Scheme or any alternative reflects Council priorities.

 

Members engaged in discussion focussing on

 

·         Alternative uses for the funding available

·         Public perception of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s support for excellence in sport

·         The part played by the Elite Athletes Award Scheme in the context of the Council’s overall responsibility for ensuring wellbeing

·         The reduced importance of the existing Scheme within the Business Plan, and the availability of other sources of funding

 

Councillor John Williams (Lead Cabinet Member for Finance) indicated that the Cabinet’s informal opinion was that the Elite Athletes Award Scheme should be discontinued.

 

The Grants Advisory Committee recommended to Cabinet

 

(a)          By four votes to one (with Councillor Peter Topping voting for retention) that the Elite Athletes Award Scheme be discontinued;

 

(b)          That the £10,000 set aside for 2018-19 be carried forward into 2019-20; and

 

(c)           That it, the Grants Advisory Committee, be requested to further consider and recommend how the £10,000 funding carried forward from 2018-19 and the £10,000 funding for 2019-20 might best be reallocated in line with the new Business Plan priorities.

7.

Date of next meeting

Friday 29 March 2019 starting at 10.00am

Minutes:

The Grants Advisory Committee noted that its next scheduled meeting would be on Friday 29 March 2019 starting at 10.00am.