Agenda and minutes

Heritage Cabinet Working Group - Thursday, 16th January, 2020 4.30 pm

Venue: Lancaster Buildings, Newcastle, Staffs. View directions

Contact: Geoff Durham - 742222 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Rout, S White and Wright.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest stated.

3.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:     That the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 November, 2019 be agreed as a correct record.

4.

MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

Minutes:

The Council’s Head of Leisure and Cultural Services, Rob Foster advised Members on item six of the Minutes.

 

Michelle Vorel Adams, the ACES Europe President had been invited to this meeting but unfortunately was unable to attend.  Mr Foster would contact her again to rearrange.

 

With regard to item 7 of the Minutes, Mr Foster stated that the tender documentation was now ready and a price would be obtained through the  SCAPE framework for the construction work.    SCAPE provides a main contractor who had already submitted competitive prices for various works.  This would save the Council time, not having to go through the open market.

 

Councillor Maxfield asked if local businesses would be involved in the process?

 

Mr Foster advised that the main contractor did procure local businesses.

 

It was hoped that a price for the works would be known by the end of February and it was expected that RED Industries would be in contact after 29 March and the Heritage Lottery Fund sometime in March.

 

Councillor Moffatt asked for an update on item 5 – the Poet Laureate.

 

Mr Foster advised that a report would go to the Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting next week and then be taken to a future Cabinet meeting. 

5.

UPDATES ON PROJECTS

Minutes:

Councillor Walklate advised Members that ‘GROW’ had been discussing the Carnival at meeting and things were moving forward.

 

Councillor Moffatt stated that her team at the New Vic had set up a dedicated team to go out and ask around the town what the Carnival meant to them.

 

 

6.

DISCUSSION OF FURTHER PROJECTS

Minutes:

Councillor Moffatt referred to the Minnie Pit disaster in Halmerend which had been discussed at previous meetings.

 

PM Training had replicated ‘head sticks’ and better accessibility was being created for the disabled.

 

A Lottery bid was being pit in to engage an artist to work with six local schools to take a segment inside a pit wheel to ‘tell the story’.  Outside of the pit wheel would be the word to the Wilfred Owen poem – Miners.

 

By the summertime this would be underway.  Councillor Moffatt advised Members that she would send information to the Chair and Clerk to the Panel for circulation to the Panel members.

 

Councillor Moffatt advised that 156 trees had been awarded – one for each of the miners killed.  Clay tokens would be made at workshops bearing the number of the miner that it represents.

 

The Chair made reference to the recent commemorations of the 125th anniversary of the Diglake Mining disaster in Audley.

 

Councillor Heesom was asked for any feedback from the recent meeting of the Carnival Working Group.

 

Councillor Heesom advised that a visioning exercise had taken place and the outcome was awaited.

 

There was a possibility of moving the fair from the Rycroft site to Goose Street car park.

 

There were some funding issues for the Carnival.  Mr Foster would do some research on possible funding adding that sponsorship may be the best way.

 

Councillor Moffatt advised that a provisional judging date for Britain in Bloom had been made for 22 July.  In the past, local schools had been involved and it was hoped to do something similar this year for the thirtieth anniversary of Newcastle’s involvement.

 

Mr Foster advised Members that the early May Bank Holiday had been moved to Friday 8 May to coincide with VE day celebrations.

 

The Borough Museum would be closed for refurbishment on that date but images from 1945 would be posted onto social media.

  

7.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Minutes:

There was none.