Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber, Council House, Birmingham City Council, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Contact: Dan Essex, Governance Services Manager 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

Councillor George Adamson (Cannock Chase), Jonathan Browning (Coventry & Warwickshire LEP), Councillor Ian Courts (Solihull), Councillor Shaun Davies (Telford & Wrekin), Councillor Sebastian Lowe (Rugby) and Stewart Towe (Black Country LEP).

3.

Minutes - 26 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

The minutes were agreed as a correct record.

4.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

(1)       The Head of Governance, Clerk and Monitoring Officer reported that the WMCA Board scheduled for 10 January 2020 would now be held on 17 January 2020.

 

(2)       The plan of items to be reported to future meetings of the board was noted.

5.

Chair's Remarks (if any)

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

(1)       The Chair welcomed Clive Heaphy, Acting Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, to his first meeting and thanked Dawn Baxendale for all she had done to support the WMCA.

 

(2)       The Chair noted that Phil Hewitt, Director of West Midlands Metro, was soon to take up a new post outside of the WMCA and thanked him for his leadership in delivering improvements to the Midland Metro over the last four years

6.

Financial Monitoring Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Presented By: Councillor Bob Sleigh

Decision:

The financial position as at the end of July 2019 was noted.

7.

Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Presented By: Councillor Ian Ward

Additional documents:

Decision:

The draft Commonwealth Games Strategic Transport Plan was approved for publication in September.

17.

UK City of Culture 2021

Presented By: Councillor Patrick Harley

Decision:

The request for £4m of WMCA funding as part of an overall £36.4m project in progress to support the City of Culture Trust in planning and delivering the UK City of Culture 2021 programme and developing a sustainable legacy was approved.

8.

Strategic Economic Development Board - 8 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Presented By: Jonathan Browning

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

9.

Strategic Economic Development Board - 8 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Presented By: Jonathan Browning

Decision:

(1)       The minutes were noted.

 

(2)       The amendment to the Strategic Economic Development Board’s terms of reference were agreed.

10.

Housing & Land Delivery Board - 15 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Presented By: Councillor Mike Bird

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

11.

Wellbeing Board - 19 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Presented By: Councillor Izzi Seccombe

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

12.

Transport Delivery Committee - 22 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Presented By: Councillor Kath Hartley

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

13.

Investment Board - 29 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Presented By: Councillor Bob Sleigh

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

14.

Investment Board - 19 August 2019 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Presented By: Councillor Bob Sleigh

Decision:

The minutes were noted.

15.

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - 2 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Presented By: Councillor Lisa Trickett

Decision:

The minutes were agreed.

16.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

[In accordance with s100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business as it is likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as specified in paragraph 3 of the Act.]

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

The public and press were excluded for the remainder of the meeting.

18.

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Presented By: Councillor Ian Brookfield

Decision:

(1)       The request for £18m of WMCA repayable grant, as part of an overall £126m project in progress to create an innovative open access facility and research and technology organisation to support national and regional Industrial Strategy focus on UK design, development and manufacture of battery technologies, was approved, subject to the charge noted in (4) below on UK Battery Industrialisation Centre assets.

 

(2)       It was noted that the repayable grant would be financed by the WMCA through treasury management and prudential borrowing as required, and would not form part of the WMCA Investment Programme.

 

(3)       It was noted that the repayable grant would not bear interest.

 

(4)       It was noted that grant repayment risk would be mitigated by placing an appropriate first charge on UK Battery Industrialisation Centre assets.

 

(5)       Authority was delegated to the WMCA Finance Director and Monitoring Officer, in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for Economy & Innovation to finalise details of the security, repayments and other technical details of the repayable grant.

19.

UK Central Parallel Process - Roundabout Over-Trace - Full Business Case

Presented By: Councillor Ian Courts

Decision:

Funding of £19.945m was approved for the proposed Roundabout Over-Trace project required to ensure that the huge economic potential of the Arden Cross

HS2 Interchange Station site and the NEC, which formed part of the wider growth plans for the UK Central Hub area, was realised.

 

[NB. Councillor Bob Sleigh declared a personal interest in respect of the fact that he was a Solihull councillor, the site of the project was within the ward he represented and he was a director of the UK Central Urban Growth Company. Councillor Karen Grinsell declared a personal interest in respect of the fact she was a Solihull councillor.]

20.

Midland Metro Buy Before Boarding

Presented By: Councillor Ian Ward

Decision:

(1)       The contents of this report, which reviewed the current ticketing approach on the West Midlands Metro as well as assessing the viability of alternative options in order to ensure a robust ticketing solution was in place to optimise revenue generation from Metro services, was noted.

 

(2)       The policy of moving to an off-tram ‘Buy Before Boarding’ ticketing system incorporating the features set out in the report was approved.

 

(3)       Interim cashflow funding of £1.7m to cover the capital costs of the preferred option was approved, noting that the scheme was self-funding over a short timescale thereafter.

 

(4)       It was noted that Transport for West Midlands would explore further security measures on the tram network and, following consultations on these proposals with staff, no current customer representatives would be subject to compulsory redundancy.

21.

Friday 8 November 2019 at 11.00am

Presented By: Chair

Decision:

The date of the next meeting was noted.