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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 1 June 1999 at 5.10pm.

Present: Councillors JACK GIBB, JOY MOWATT, IAN ANGUS, WILLIAM CROWE, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, STEVE LESLIE, Hon R J LESLIE MELVILLE, ROB MURRAY, PETER NIELD, GEORGE NORRIE and SANDY WEST.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors IAN MACKINTOSH and BRIAN MILNE.

Councillor GIBB, Convener, in the Chair.

1. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved in terms of Standing Order 27(2) that the public and press be excluded during consideration of items 2-4 below, so as to avoid the possible disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part I of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 4 and 9.

2. LEASE OF UNITS 5, 14 AND 15 ARBROATH BUSINESS CENTRE

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 535/99 by the Chief Executive regarding the leases of Units 5, 14 and 15 at Arbroath Business Centre which had been agreed by the Chief Executive under delegated powers.

The Committee agreed to note the leases of Units 5, 14 and 15 at Arbroath Business Centre.

3. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS

There was submitted Report No 537/99 by the Chief Executive seeking homologation of the decision taken by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Convener, to contribute 50% towards the cost of a feasibility study into best solutions for a local food processing company, in terms of waste minimisation, treatment and disposal.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to homologate the decision taken by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Convener, to contribute 50% toward the first phase of a feasibility study on the issue of waste minimisation for a local food processing company; and

(ii) to instruct the Economic Development Manager, in consultation with the Directors of Finance and Planning and Transport, to investigate the introduction of a Waste Management Support Programme to assist Angus companies to increase efficiency and thus competitiveness and to improve environmental awareness.

4. COUNTRYSIDE INITIATIVE IN ANGUS - COUNTRY MATTERS PROJECT - REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

There was submitted Report No 538/99 by the Chief Executive informing the Committee of the launch of a Tourism Awareness and Marketing Initiative in Glen Isla at the Lochside Lodge on 24 May 1999, towards which Angus Council had contributed £500.

The Committee agreed to note the decision of the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Convener, to contribute £500 towards a Tourism Awareness and Marketing Initiative by a consortium of local enterprises launched at Lochside Lodge, Glenisla on 24 May 1999.

5. COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

With reference to Article 5 (c) of the minute of meeting of the Council held on 13 May 1999, the Committee agreed to note the members appointed to this Committee.

6. EXECUTIVE SUB COMMITTEE

The Committee agreed to appoint Councillors Jack Gibb, Joy Mowatt and Peter Nield to the Economic Development Executive Sub Committee.

7. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee held on 15 April 1999 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

8. BRECHIN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT: PROGRESS REPORT

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 21 January 1999, there was submitted Report No 536/99 by the Chief Executive updating the Committee on progress of the development of the new Industrial Park in Brechin.

The Report indicated that progress on the development was now proceeding apace, after a brief delay caused by the discovery of archaeological remains at the site. Market interest in the site appeared to be very healthy for a project which would not be completed for another 8 months and it was hoped that this level of interest could be sustained and indeed improved upon in the coming months.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

9. OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, RURAL TRAINING PROPOSAL

There was submitted Report No 539/99 by the Chief Executive giving details of a project aimed at encouraging young people in rural Angus to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The project would provide young people who lived and worked in the rural area with access to information which would assist in the development of their skills, knowledge and implementation of their business ideas. The project would also support the development of sustainable new businesses and promote the potential of work based learning as an option for achieving recognised qualifications. In addition, the project would develop the relationship between the partner organisations to the benefit of the land based sector.

The Committee agreed to note the decision taken by the Chief Executive under delegated powers, in consultation with the Convener, to provide a contribution of £450 towards the Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs Programme, being co-ordinated by the Carse of Gowrie Training Group and Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.

10. ANGUS AGRICULTURAL TASK GROUP - RURAL FOCUS GROUPS ON MARKETING, BRANDING AND PROMOTION

There was submitted Report No 540/99 by the Chief Executive seeking homologation of a decision taken by the Convener and himself, in consultation with the Angus Agricultural Task Group, to commission a study to examine marketing, branding and promotion issues associated with rural businesses. The Report indicated that the study would provide action points proposals to progress the aims of the Angus Agricultural Task Group for the development of an action plan which could be delivered locally and would also prepare specific proposals for consideration by Government and the Scottish Parliament in a national context.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to homologate the decision taken by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Convener, and in consultation with the Angus Agricultural Task Group, to proceed with a focus group study, as outlined in the Report, at a cost of approximately £5,000; and

(ii) to note that an application was being made for European funding under the LEADER II programme, which could reduce the cost burden on the Economic Development budget.

11. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, KEY HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 16 APRIL TO 21 MAY 1999

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 15 April 1999, there was submitted Report No 541/99 by the Chief Executive identifying key highlights and achievements in the work of the Economic Development Unit for the period 16 April to 21 May 1999.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

12. UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 15 April 1999, there was submitted and noted Report No 542/99 by the Director of Planning and Transport providing various statistics, graphs and charts showing unemployment rates by travel to work areas, numbers and ages of unemployed, duration of unemployment and number of vacancies in Angus and neighbouring authorities for the month of April 1999.