Agenda and minutes

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Email: townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk  01580 762271

Items
No. Item

503.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Minutes:

 Cllr. M. Hickmott was absent.

504.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

None.

505.

MINUTES.

To consider and, if approved, confirm and sign the minutes and report of the meeting held on 14th April 2020 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes and reports of the meeting held on 14th April 2020 were agreed and would be signed at the earliest opportunity.

506.

MATTERS ARISING.

Minutes:

None.

507.

REPRESENTATION FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Members of the public may make personal representations at this meeting by giving written notice of a request to speak and indicating briefly the matter of interest or relevant agenda item to the Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk no later than 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Provided always that speakers are resident in a ward of the Council and, give their full name and address prior to speaking, the committee Chairman may (or may choose not to) invite individuals to speak at the relevant point in the meeting. Speeches may not exceed three minutes duration and speakers may not participate in any subsequent debate between committee members. At the Chairman’s discretion, only one speech may be made in support of each side of any contentious issue.

Minutes:

 

Mr. T. Evans from the Cinema Focus Group would be providing a presentation under Sub-committee and Working Group Reports.

 

508.

COUNCILLORS' QUESTIONS.

At the Chairman’s discretion, Councillors may ask a question about any item relevant to this committee that is not on the agenda. Every question shall be put and answered without discussion. An answer may take the form of a direct oral answer or reference to a Town Council publication. Where a reply cannot be conveniently given at this meeting, an oral or written answer may be circulated at a later date. All councillors present will be permitted to contribute to the debate on agenda items but only members of this committee will be permitted to vote.

Minutes:

None.

509.

SUB-COMMITTEE & WORKING GROUP REPORTS. pdf icon PDF 214 KB

 

(a)         Cinema Focus Group. A presentation from the Tenterden Cinema Company (TCC) and election of councillors to progress the project with TCC. (Last minutes of the Focus Group attached for reference).*

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)         Cinema Focus Group.

 

Mr. T. Evans, Chairman of the Cinema Focus Group and a Director of the Tenterden Cinema Company conducted a presentation to the Committee on the history of the cinema project; the results of the full building feasibility study; and the recommendations moving forward.  At the end of the presentation, Mr. Evans showed a video from the actor Shane Richie supporting a Tenterden Neighbourhood Cinema.

 

Cllr. Knowles reported that an Independent Cinema Office Report had been released from Covid-19 which states that 16% of cinemas are going bust and 32% percent are struggling to get audiences back.  Cllr. Knowles asked that the Cinema Focus Group review this document and also stated that there could be a deep recession as a result of the Covid situation and this could cause substantial problems with accessing finance.  Mr. Evans responded that the Focus Group will review the ICO’s report and stated that they were keeping in touch with organisations in the industry who are monitoring the situation; some people are certainly worried, with others being optimistic.  Historically there has been considerable resilience in the cinema industry.  The Focus Group have been waiting until after the presentation to the Council before sending the full building feasibility study to the two interested operators.  Mr. Evans stated that access to finance is going to be very different after lockdown and the Tenterden Cinema Company will be reviewing this carefully; although there will be competition to access funds, there may be new opportunities available. 

 

Cllr. Mulholland thanked Mr. Evans for a great presentation and echoed the comments made on the future of the cinema industry post lockdown and the impact it is going to have.  The prediction of admissions was 75,000; with social distancing in whatever form this takes, will impact on the admissions figure.  Mr. Evans responded that the opening of a cinema would not be until about three years’ time, therefore social distancing would not be an issue.  There are cinema models already working with social distancing type functions which include eating facilities. 

 

Cllr. Mrs. Walder commented that the presentation was informative and was particularly interested in the final point regarding different funding options.  Cllr. Mrs. Walder’s main concern was the potential cost of tickets by a commercial operator and was not convinced that the cinema would be as inclusive as we would like to think; a model that took on board social value might allow the reduction of tickets.  Mr. Evans reported that it was as an indicative budget prepared by the consultant, but ticket pricing would be set by the operator; this is not something we would have control over.

 

Cllr. Carter commented that we are two to three years away from a cinema being up and running therefore social distancing will be out of the equation.  Hopefully the Government will come up with regenerating the high street and one option would be to take off the VAT on the project.  Along with the reduction in some fees it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 509.

510.

GRASS COLLECTING MOWER. pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To consider purchasing a grass collecting mower. *

Minutes:

 

It was RESOLVED to leave the decision of purchasing an additional grass collecting mower to the Internal Committee.

 

511.

COVID-19 RECOVERY RECOMMENDATIONS. pdf icon PDF 330 KB

 

To consider the recommendations from the Chair of the Tourism & Business Sub-committee. *

 

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Nelson made reference to paper circulated by Ms. S. Welch regarding recommendations for High Street recovery.  Cllr. Nelson reported that he was all in favour of a more balanced approach to support the High Street. 

 

Cllr. Carter reported that the High Street has been left behind by the Town Council at the present time.  The High Street Regeneration Working Group (HSR) needs to be resurrected to move forward; there are funds available to regenerate High Streets; and Ms. Welch’s recommendations need to be taken into account.

 

Cllr. Nelson reported that the HSR Working Group had met in February but none of the recommendations had been carried forward yet.  Cllr. Nelson proposed that a Tourism & Business Sub-committee meeting should be held where proposals could be presented by the HSR Working Group and discussions take place regarding High Street recovery proposals. 

 

The Deputy Clerk requested clarification as to whether ownership of the Town Council’s Instagram account ‘Visit Tenterden’ could be transferred to Ms. Welch who had solely built up the profile since the start.  It was RESOLVED that this should be taken to the Tourism & Business Sub-committee for further clarification.

 

512.

CORRESPONDENCE.

None.

Minutes:

None.

513.

MINOR MATTERS.

None.

Minutes:

None.

514.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED TO THE CHAIR.

No decision may lawfully be made under this item but matters which involve no more than an exchange of information may be discussed.

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Nelson reported that the Spirit of Tenterden Festival has been postponed this year and will being taking place from the 2nd to 4th July 2021.