The minutes of the first meeting of a new group, which has been set up to consult on the future of a Moorlands town, have been published. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has formed a Stakeholder Panel to help support a Delivery Board which will be overseeing the development and delivery of a Cheadle Town Centre Project.
The minutes of the first meeting of a new group, which has been set up to consult on the future of a Moorlands town, have been published.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has formed a Stakeholder Panel to help support a Delivery Board which will be overseeing the development and delivery of a Cheadle Town Centre Project.
The Stakeholder Panel met virtually for the first time on January 25.
Cheadle Town Council has called for the meetings to be made available to the public to view online, to which SMDC has declined the request, and so therefore the meetings will continue to take place behind closed doors.
The minutes of the first meeting were published on the Cheadle Town Council website on Friday (February 12).
They outline what was agreed at the meeting including: “The ToR (Terms of Reference) also establish membership of the Panel, with the make-up of the Panel to include the Cheadle Town Mayor. It was agreed that as the Mayor is an elected role, there is a risk of a loss of continuity with chairing the Panel when a new Mayor is elected.
“To mitigate this risk, it was agreed that Cllr Ian Plant, current Cheadle Town Mayor, would be invited to continue chairing the Panel after the mayoral elections, and the ToR amended to reflect this.
“It was agreed that appointment of a Vice Chair for the Panel would be helpful. The decision as to who may be elected to undertake this role would be made at the next Panel meeting.”
A number of the items within the minutes started with “a paper had been circulated previously” – none of which are included in the published minutes.
Within the ‘next steps’ section of the minutes, it stated that it was agreed that a ‘high level timeline’ would be worked up with further detail. The ‘high level timeline’ had also been circulated previously, and was not included with the published minutes.
Also within the ‘key next steps’ it was set out to:
“Hold a Stakeholder Workshop to identify and describe one or more alternative options for Cheadle town centre – in addition to those identified in the Cushman & Wakefield report – with the support of an independent facilitator as required.
“Approve a sustainability and viability appraisal of those additional options, to be undertaken in line with those carried out by Cushman & Wakefield.
“Lead an engagement strategy to seek public views on all viable / sustainable issues and options relating to Cheadle town centre, with the support of consultants and the district council.
“Undertake an analysis of options, consultation responses and other public feedback to advise SMDC Cabinet on a way forward, including the recommendation of a preferred option.
“Development of a Business Case for the preferred option.”
To read the full minutes, go online to: https://cheadletowncouncil.org.uk/minutes/9-minutes/201-stake-holder-meeting-25th-january-2021.
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