Agenda and draft minutes

Southport Town Deal Board - Tuesday 15th September, 2020 8.30 am

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Contact: Rebecca Johnstone 

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Apologies were received from:


Andrew Booth

Damien Moore

Greta Fenny

Therese Patten – now vacated role at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital


Agreed that we will follow up with the hospital for replacement representative and also continue to pursue NHS Digital engagement for representative from their organisation.


Please note that the meeting took place via Teams video calling.



Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were received.


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No comments or corrections received and signed off as a true record. Any matters arising are covered in the agenda.


Project Prioritisation Discussion


Rob Fletcher (RF) introduced the meeting noting that the meeting format  was intended to be informal and encouraged a wide ranging discussion. Board members were encouraged to speak their mind and as there is only one more meeting before the submission, so now at the stage to narrow down what projects will be put forward for funding.


Stephen Watson (SW) presented an overview of the work to date, including the draft vison and strategic objectives. It then moved onto a discussion on project prioritisation and prioritisation criteria for those projects to be included in the Town Investment Plan (TIP)


SW noted that there is a lot to do in the 7 weeks remaining in order to reach a quality and unique Bid submission and as the work progresses there will always be ongoing opportunities, hence the ongoing introduction of new opportunities. However, the bid is well positioned to deliver a quality and unique submission by 30th October 2020.


SW stressed that the confidentiality of the project list is important – the council and some Board members have signed NDA’s around some of the details. The Board are not being asked to commit projects they are not sighted on, but not all details can be revealed at this time. The minutes of the meeting may also be redacted to maintain confidentiality where appropriate.


The Bid strategy will focus on opportunities that won’t be seen in any other town or bid such as breadth of consultation, and the truly transformational opportunities that will support economic recovery. We want to have reasons for ministers to open our TIP first and demonstrate opportunities for real change.


Our Criteria for Prioritisation include:

·         Align with the Towns Fund criteria,

·         Align with consultation responses

·         Transformational impact

·         Financial viability

·         Deliverability


Projects have been divided into thematic areas for consideration, which were discussed by the board.


Visitor Attractions

Potential projects include:


       Southport Convention Centre & Theatre

       Pleasureland site

       Other potential attractions

       Marine Village

       Lord St / Civic Square

       Animation of Marine Lake


Business Incubators, Innovation, Skills

Potential projects include:

       Crown Buildings

       Eastbank St

       Southport Business Park

       Skills and Employment Support

       Customer Experience Training


Digital and Transport Connectivity

Potential projects include:

       Digital strategy implementation

       Fibre project

       Southport Station

       Town centre access and car parking


Green spaces

Potential projects include:


       “Green ribbon” (e.g. Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park, etc)



Potential projects include:

       Residential development projects

       Heritage Fund

       Strategic acquisitions fund

       Youth perspective – to be determined from the ongoing consultation process with schools, colleges and university students during September


Next steps:

·         What comes from the discussion with young people

·         Cabinet 01/10/20 - the Council is the accountable body for submission of bid, so will go to cabinet for their agreement to submit the bid  & this will be supported by some high level comms to support this from the Board and the Council.

·         Continued project development

·         External creative input

·         Star  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.




None raised


Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday 21st October, 08:30am