The Chair invited Members to raise items for general discussion arising from the Information Booklet of Executive Member reports (previously circulated) which detailed activities carried out within the respective Executive Member portfolios (Section 1), Executive decisions taken (Section 2) or to be taken where known, prior to and following the meeting (Sections 3 and 4).
Members commented and posed questions in relation to the following matters and Executive Members responded where appropriate:-
(a) Campaign for Youth Social Action
The Executive Member for Children's Services acknowledged the positive comments from Members in relation to the Campaign for Youth Social Action, in particular the success in gaining the interest of the Cabinet Office and the opportunities created for young people.
(b) Area Care Teams
The Executive Member for Environment concurred with the sentiments expressed by Members regarding the support and extensive work undertaken by the Area Care Teams at major events such as the Mela and Cleveland Show especially taking into account the significant budget reductions in this area.
(c) West Middlesbrough Becks Project
In response to a Members' question as to whether or not there would be similar activities in relation to Bluebell Beck or Stainton Beck the Executive Member for Environment gave an indication of the environmental/wildlife conditions as part of the criteria for funding in accordance with BIFFA landfill tax grant with support from the Environment Agency.
(d) Green Flag Awards for Seven Parks
In response to clarification sought from a Member, the Executive Member for Environment gave an indication of the different criteria to be met in respect of Green Flag Awards and that of Green Flag Community Awards which Stainton Quarry and Kell Gate Green had been awarded.
(e) Development Division
The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development acknowledged the comments of Members and confirmed that developers were being approached with regard to the opportunities for employing local labour in relation to the major development schemes across the Borough.
(f) Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park
Following Members' questions about funding and progress the Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development confirmed the requirement for match funding and the intention to encourage further bids.
(g) Health and Wellbeing in Schools
The Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health acknowledged the positive comments from Members regarding the focus on health and wellbeing and in particular the work being pursued with schools and other organisations as part of the health promoting settings programme. It was confirmed that congratulations would be extended to the staff concerned.