Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting, Cabinet - Thursday 29th June, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room - Bootle Town Hall, Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 7AE. View directions

Contact: Debbie Campbell  Democratic Services Manager

Items
No. Item

31.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Cummins and Veidman.

 

32.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested at a meeting where a disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest arises, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests, todeclare any interests that relate to an item on the agenda.

 

Where a Member discloses a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, he/she must withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest, except where he/she is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of a dispensation.

 

Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests were received.

 

33.

Southport Pier pdf icon PDF 502 KB

Report of the Executive Director - Place to follow

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Executive Director – Place that provided an interim update on the condition of Southport Pier, in advance of receiving the final structural survey reports. The report presented options on the future of the Pier, but recommended pursuit of the significant additional funding required to enable the full refurbishment of the Pier that was required, to enable its safe reopening.

 

In respect of Decisions 5 and 6 (below), it was noted that Southport Pier had been closed since December 2022 for Health and Safety reasons, and a full structural survey had been undertaken to evaluate the condition of, and required repairs to, this important heritage asset. This detailed process had taken considerable time, and at the time of writing the final survey reports are still awaited, but sufficient feedback had now been received to enable progression of the Cabinet report at the earliest possible opportunity.

 

The Pier remained closed as Health and Safety remained the top priority for the Council, but its closure was having a significant effect on local businesses and stakeholders. The report was therefore urgent to enable, subject to Cabinet approval, the progression of discussions with key stakeholders and potential funders regarding the potentially significant funding gap to be addressed to enable the required full refurbishment, and subsequent safe reopening, of Southport Pier. It was also urgent that, again subject to Cabinet approval, pre-development works were progressed for the whole refurbishment project, again at the earliest possible opportunity, to enable rapid progression of the project itself once the funding gap was addressed. The Pier was a hugely time sensitive matter in every respect, for all affected, hence the urgency of the report and meeting.

 

The Cabinet Member – Regeneration and Skills outlined the background to the matter; issues with pier decking; health and safety concerns; and reaffirmed the Cabinet’s commitment to the future of Southport Pier.

 

Decision(s) Made:  That

 

(1)      the Cabinet reaffirms its commitment to the future of Southport Pier, and its support for the full refurbishment project required to enable safe reopening;

 

(2)      the Cabinet agrees to progress and fund the pre-development process for the full refurbishment project while funding sources for the whole refurbishment are pursued, reflecting the Council’s aim to commence, and therefore complete, the project as soon as practicable, to enable safe reopening as soon as possible;

 

(3)      engagement is progressed urgently with external partners and central government departments including Historic England, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Piers Society, the Southport Pier Trust, and other agencies, regarding not only the capital funding gap, but the requirement for ongoing maintenance funding to sustain the future of the newly refurbished asset once completed;

 

(4)      any further and future funding approvals relating to the full refurbishment project, and procurement processes associated with the full project, will be presented to the Cabinet and Council at the earliest opportunity, and in accordance with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.