Venue: The Council Chamber, Brockington, 35 Hafod Road, Hereford
Contact: David Penrose, Democratic Services Officer
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillors PL
Bettington, B Durkin and SJ Robertson.
To receive any details of Members nominated to
attend the meeting in place of a Member of the Committee.
Councillor JHR Goodwin substituted for
Councillor PL Bettington and Councillor WLS Bowen for Councillor SJ
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
any declarations of interest by Members in respect of items on the
Cllr MAF Hubbard
6 – Scrutiny Review of the Strategic
Direction of the Edgar Street Grid Project
Director of a not for profit campaigning
organisation, It’s Our City
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To approve and sign the Minutes of the meeting
held on 8 October 2010.
RESOLVED: That the minutes for the meeting held on 8th
October 2010 be approved as a correct record and signed by the
SUGGESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON ISSUES FOR FUTURE SCRUTINY
To consider suggestions from members of the
public on issues the Committee could scrutinise in the future.
There were no suggestions.
Review of the Strategic Direction of The Edgar Street Grid Project PDF 86 KB
To receive an overview of
the Edgar Street Grid Project.
The Chairman has indicated that in considering
this item, it is intended that the following themes will be
- Progress of the ESG Project to
- Design Evolution and Integration with the historic City Centre
Note: The Chairman has indicated that at this stage the
Committee will adjourn and reconvene at 09.30 on the 16th November
in the Council Chamber, Brockington, when the following will be
A number of key Stakeholders have been invited to
express their views on the Edgar Street Grid Project.
Herefordshire Futures will be invited to respond to
issues raised during the meeting.
It is anticipated that a report
from this meeting will be considered by this Committee, currently
scheduled to be held on 11th February 2011.
The Chairman welcomed Members
to the meeting and said that this would be an information gathering
process, with the intention of producing a report to be approved by
the Committee at its next meeting. The
meeting would adjourn once the evidence from those involved in
commissioning and delivering the project had been heard, and would
reconvene at 09.30 on the 16th November in order to hear
further representations from stakeholders.
The Chief Executive,
Herefordshire Futures Ltd provided a presentation, which covered a
number of areas:
- That Herefordshire
Futures Ltd had a much wider remit than ESG Hereford Ltd, and had
assembled a Board of Directors with the expertise to push projects
forward across the City. The
company’s role was to take strategic ideas from the Council,
consider the feasibility of them with the Board, and deliver them,
at the request of the Council, with a mixture of public and private
- That the original
Masterplan for the Edgar Street Grid site produced in 2004 had
proved unpopular with the Commission for the Built Environment
(CABE) and English Heritage. Greater
liaison with both of these bodies had resulted in a greatly
improved plan produced by ESG Herefordshire Ltd in 2007which had
been, following consultation, adopted by the Council in
- That the Urban
Village was a fundamental part of the Masterplan, and was being
formulated with long term, sustainable objectives.
- That the Old
Livestock Market area was a natural extension of the City centre,
with a design that would tie it in to the existing
City. There was an emphasis on retail
and leisure at the southern of the site, which would then blend
with the residential area of the Urban Village to the south east of
- There would be a
development opportunity for Hereford United, which could include
additional fast food outlets on the ground floor of the Football
Club, and possible student accommodation or a budget
- A Higher Education
(HE) Centre would be developed on the Blackfriars site. In addition to HE provision, the Centre would
facilitate business use, with auditoria suitable for
conferences. There would be remote
linkages to other colleges that would allow local students to study
for degrees elsewhere in the Country.
- Additional cable
ducts would be laid below new roads and pavements to facilitate
broadband requirements on the site.
- The Flood Alleviation
Scheme which was designed to help prevent the City being flooded by
waters from the Yazor Brook had been agreed with the National
Trust, and would consist of a 2 metre bore pipe that would take
flood waters from the brook safely into the Wye. The scheme had received planning
- As part of the
business relocation process from the route of the Link Road,
monthly meetings were now being held with the businesses, and there
was now a single point of contact with them. The existing Livestock
businesses still located on the Old Livestock Market Site were
updated on progress by the Council, whilst Hereford Futures dealt
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