Agenda and draft minutes

Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Monday 13th January 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Gipping Room - Grafton House. View directions

Contact: Ainsley Gilbert  01473 432510

Items
No. Item

32.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no Apologies for Absence.

33.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

34.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:

 

that the Order of Business be as printed on the agenda.

 

35.

OS/19/12 - Call-In Report - E/19/37 4 College Street pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

35.1      The Chair welcomed all present, including Councillor Ellesmere, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Property and Development, Councillor Fisher, Lead Signatory for the Call-In, Martyn Fulcher, Head of Development, and Mark Hunter, Operations Manager - Major Capital Schemes.

 

35.2      The Chair reminded Councillors that the Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee was a non-political Committee and commented that the first duty of a Councillor was to do what they thought was right for Ipswich, the second duty was to the residents they represented and then only after these duties were discharged did they have a duty to their party. She therefore assumed that all present wanted what was best for Ipswich regardless of party and that vigorous questioning of the Executive would come from all sides.

 

35.3      The Chair explained that a scope for the Call-In had been circulated and that this had been agreed by Councillor Fisher and herself and legally cleared by the Monitoring Officer.

 

It was RESOLVED:

 

that the Scope for the Call-In which had been circulated be agreed.

 

Lead Signatory’s Opening Statement – Councillor Fisher

 

35.4      Councillor Fisher noted that 4 College Street was a very old building and was a good example of what the Waterfront had once looked like. Councillor Fisher commented that the Council was lucky to own the building and that it had a duty to protect and preserve it, but that the Council also had a moral duty to highlight the building and ensure it was used well.

 

35.5      Councillor Fisher explained that the reason he had submitted the Call-In was that he was concerned that the proposed use of 4 College Street was uninspiring and that the cost of the works to achieve that use were excessive. Councillor Fisher noted that previous reports in the Ipswich Star had suggested that the building could be turned into a Visitor’s Centre or that a design competition might be held for a new use; Councillor Fisher commented that it was disappointing that neither of these suggestions had been taken forward in the Executive report.

 

35.6      Councillor Fisher confirmed that he thought it was important that the building be brought back into a viable state as soon as possible, with works done to remove 4 College Street from the Buildings at Risk Register. Councillor Fisher noted that the Construction Cost Estimate included in the papers for the meeting assumed that the various stages of works were carried out at different times and so there would not be a cost implication in doing the necessary works immediately and doing the additional works required for a future use once the Masterplan for the site had been developed.

 

35.7      Councillor Fisher noted that the Condition Survey stated that the building was “generally weathertight and secure from intruders” and that the building had been vacant for 39 years and on the Buildings at Risk Register for 28 years. Councillor Fisher therefore did not understand the perceived urgency for works to bring the building back into use and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.