Proposed venue: Floor 3 Lewis House - Room 2 (Conference Room) - Manvers Street, Bath. View directions

Contact: Mark Hayward 01225 396975  Email: mark_hayward@bathnes.gov.uk

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 41 KB


The minutes and actions of the 6th August 2014 were agreed.




Welcome, introduction and apologies


Apologies were received from Cllr Paul Crossley, Ian Orpen and Steven Fuller.  Jo Farrar chaired the meeting in the absence of Cllr Crossley.  Caroline Peters from Avon and Somerset Police and Van Du Bose (subbing for Steven Fuller) were welcomed to the meeting. 



VCS Reference Group update


Jilly Edwards provided an overview of the VCS Reference Group and explained its creation as a mechanism to support the VCS representative on the Public Services Board.  She described the contribution the group had made to date on the development of the Economic Strategy and that they recently been briefed on the Connecting Communities project. 


Jilly described a Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise survey that is underway to provide information on the sector and its capacity.  The work is ongoing and will help the sector to better describe what it can deliver, to better match funding opportunities to need and to monitor and understand the impact and contribution of the sector.  The Board welcomed the update and commented that the findings of the sector study would be useful to feed into strategy development. 



A presentation from the Universities on future challenges and opportunities


Bernie Morley from Bath University and Neil Sammells from Bath Spa University both presented to the Board an overview of their organisations, including key strengths and identified some of the key issues for them in the future.


Both emphasised the funding difficulties facing them in the future as student fees remain fixed.  The ability for universities to grow in size causes increasing levels of competition between all universities meaning that there is a smaller pool of students from which to recruit from.  The Board heard that the intake of students to Bath University is predominantly students from outside the area, while Bath Spa predominately attracts students from within the immediate area. Therefore the level of competition between the two is much lower as they are offering different courses and attracting students from different areas. 


Bath University is moving into the existing Police Station building in Manvers Street and welcomed discussions about linking services more with the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street.  The two universities described the contribution they make to the local economy and both have high numbers of students who are keen to stay in the area, with a high proportion of those wishing to focus on digital and high tech industries. 


The Board noted the update. 



Mulberry Park Development


Victor Da Cunha presented on the plans for the development of Mulberry Park.  He described the vision for the area which incorporates high quality housing, community facilities and open spaces.  The Board were invited to think about the use for the community hub which will be at the centre of the development.  It was hoped that this would be multi agency in use and be somewhere that was used by local people all of the time. 


Board members were invited to speak directly with Victor about ideas for use of the Community Hub. 



·  Board members to consider if their agency could make use of the Mulberry Park Community Hub.


The Board noted the update. 



Public Services Transformation Network Update pdf icon PDF 55 KB


Andy Thomas introduced the item and described the progress to date in the three PSTN projects of (i) Helping People in to well-paid work, (ii) Helping people stay warm and healthy and (iii) Helping victims of crime.  Particular successes had been achieved in tackling domestic violence with some early returns being identified and there were some particular benefits from better data sharing.  A discussion was held on the issue of identifying “cashable” savings and in particular how if one agency invests but the benefits are received by another agency how this is managed. 


The Board noted the update.   




Public Services Board - Progress in developing the living strand of the vision


Sarah Brown described the work underway to scope out the six work streams that will form the Boards work programme. The December Board meeting will look at the work across the strands in order to test if they match up to the Boards original level of ambition.  Work is also underway to put together a visual road map that shows the key milestones between now and 2025 that will help Bath & North East Somerset achieve its vision for the area. 


Jo Farrar asked all Board members to share their experiences of the big issues that were proving difficult for their agency to solve for on its own, to see whether a combined Board response could add value. 




Date of next meeting


Thursday 4th December 2014, 10-12pm in The University of Bath.