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Councillor Keith Panter (Ex Offico)
Councillor James Ward
Barry Coward Chair NNLCRP
Claire Hill Town Clerk
Neville Brown West Lindsey District Council
Elaine Poon West Lindsey District Council
The previous Chair, Michael Hopper, welcomed all to the meeting and introductions were made to those new to the Group.
Nominations were invited.
RESOLVED that Michael Hopper be appointed Chair of the group.
Members discussed the wider Membership and noted no further action at this stage, it was felt that the District Council was adequately represented by the existing membership and WLDC officer attendance.
Minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and progress against actions noted.
RESOLVED that Minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 December 2018 be confirmed as a true record of the meeting.
SEA screening opinion
Members noted the final report produced by AECOM and the recommendation that further screening is not required.
Michael Hopper detailed the work and external research that had shaped the revised Town Centre section of the report alongside the community consultation previously undertaken. The group agreed that the full report should be appended to the draft plan and a briefer narrative built into the plan itself.
Elaine Poon gave an update to the meeting on the unsuccessful bid to the Future High Street Fund, developments in relation to the Lindsey Centre and works by WLDC to explore improvements to seating and street furniture within the market square.
Green Infrastructure Study
Elaine Poon advised that the final version was now being completed – she noted that since the draft was circulated further detail has been added in relation to the Gainsborough gateway area and determining cost / benefit ratio of the suggested projects. It was agreed that once released the final report would be forwarded to the Clerk for wider circulation to the group.
Members noted the correspondence. The Clerk advised that the same notification had been received in relation to Morton.
Finalise draft plan
Clerk to draft narrative additions to the draft following completion of the Town Centre report and share with Michael Hopper for review.
The group agreed that for the survey activity policies should be grouped together under the common aims of the plan rather than questions based on individual policies.
The group reviewed the revised timeline and Nev Brown advised that the suggested referendum timing was tight given regulation 16 activities and that it was likely that this would move from the suggested March 2020.
An acknowledgement of thanks was made to Michael Hopper in relation to the town centre report and he was complimented on the breadth of the research supporting the report.
It was agreed that the next meeting would be an informal working session to start shaping consultation activities and the Clerk would circulate suggested policy groupings for the group’s consideration ahead of the meeting.
The meeting closed at 6.40pm.