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Crawley Innovation Centre - Additional Towns Fund Monies

Meeting: 29/11/2023 - Cabinet (Item 13)

13 Crawley Innovation Centre - Additional Towns Fund Monies

Planning and Economic Development Portfolio

 

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To consider report PES/449 of the Head of Economy and Planning, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission at its meeting on 27 November 2023.

 

(Report to be circulated separately as agreed by the Leader).

Decision:

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RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet considered and notes the progress with the delivery of the Crawley Innovation Centre project and recommended to request Full Council to reallocate £2m of Crawley Towns Fund monies from the Town Centre to Manor Royal cycle route project to the Crawley Innovation Centre project, subject to confirmation of approval of the transfer from the Government.

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

To ensure that the project has sufficient capital budget for the required building conversion works for the Crawley Innovation Centre to be delivered in full.

 

Minutes:

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The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development presented report PES/449of the Head of Economy and Planning. The report sought agreement to add Towns Fund monies to the Crawley Innovation Centre project and seek additional delegations to ensure the project can commence without delay.

 

The draft Towns Fund business case for the Crawley Innovation Centre was agreed by Cabinet on 2 February 2022 and Full Council on 23 February 2022.

 

Councillor Ayling presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report OSC/315 to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 27 November 2023, which included:

 

·       Confirmation provided of the processes which had taken place throughout the project were highlighted.

·       Clarification sought and obtained on the financial aspects contained within the report.

·       Whilst there was support for the proposal which was poised to play a key role within the town, concern was raised regarding the reallocation of £2m of Crawley Towns Fund monies from the Town Centre to Manor Royal cycle route project and this should be noted for the future.

 

Councillors C Mullins, Irvine, Rana, S Mullins and Jones spoke as part of the discussion on the report. 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet noted the progress with the delivery of the Crawley Innovation Centre project and recommended to request Full Council to reallocate £2m of Crawley Towns Fund monies from the Town Centre to Manor Royal cycle route project to the Crawley Innovation Centre project, subject to confirmation of approval of the transfer from the government

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

To ensure that the project has sufficient capital budget for the required building conversion works for the Crawley Innovation Centre to be delivered in full.

 


Meeting: 27/11/2023 - Overview and Scrutiny Commission (Item 10)

10 Crawley Innovation Centre - Additional Towns Fund Monies

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To consider report PES/449 of the Head of Economy and Planning. 

 

(Report to follow as agreed with the Chair)

 

Minutes:

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The Commission considered report PES/449 of the Head of Economy and Planning.  The report sought agreement to add Towns Fund monies to the Crawley Innovation Centre project and additional delegations to ensure the project could commence without delay.  The draft Towns Fund business case for the Crawley Innovation Centre was agreed by Cabinet on 2nd February 2022 and Full Council on 23rd February 2022.

 

During the discussion with the Leader of the Council and the Head of Economy and Planning the following comments were made:

·         Confirmation provided of the processes which had taken place throughout the project were highlighted.

·         Clarification sought and obtained on the financial aspects contained within the report.

·         Acknowledgement that the Innovation Centre still enabled the Council to deliver on opportunities, whilst protecting, consolidating and enhancing economic diversity.

·         Whilst there was support for the proposal which was poised to play a key and interesting role in delivering on future needs within the town, concern was raised regarding the reallocation of £2m of Crawley Towns Fund monies from the Town Centre to Manor Royal cycle route project and this should be noted for the future.

 

RESOLVED

That the Commission noted the report and requested that the views expressed during the debate, were fed back to the Cabinet through the Commission’s Comment sheet.