The Committee received and considered the report from the Strategic Director.
The Strategic Director reported that the report presented a proposal fro the development of a Seafront Masterplan for Great Yarmouth & Gorleston, and in do so, requested that a Member Working Group, consisting of seven Members, was established to oversee the process.
Councillor Plant reported that he did not agree with the formation on a single Member Working Group to oversee both Great Yarmouth & Gorleston and proposed that two separate Member Working Groups, consisting of five Members each, be established. Councillors Flaxman-Taylor & Wells reported that they agreed with the proposal from Councillor Plant as both areas were distinct from each other.
Councillor A Wright reported that he opposed the formation of two separate Member Working Groups as this would be divisive for the Borough. The Tourist Authority and the GYTABIA Bid did not split themselves to cover Great Yarmouth & Gorleston and neither should the Council as both Great Yarmouth & Gorleston were part of the same Borough and Councillors represented the whole of the Borough from Winterton to Hopton.
Councillor Wainwright agreed with the sentiments of Councillor A Wright as the proposal would be divisive and pit town against town rather than work for the Borough as a whole.
Councillor Wells reported that the proposal for two Member Working Groups would not be divisive but would create a strategy for the two towns which were distinct from one another and were looking for different outcomes.
The Chief Executive Officer reported that the Town Deal encompassed both Great Yarmouth & Gorleston and the Seafront Masterplan Member Working Group would be formed as a narrative to access the 'Levelling Up Fund' and sit within the Town Investment Plan, which covered the urban areas of both Great Yarmouth & Gorleston.
Councillor Williamson agreed with the Chief Executive Officer that one coherent strategy was required to encompass Great Yarmouth & Gorleston and respectfully asked Councillor Plant to withdraw his proposal.
Councillor Plant reported that his proposal was not divisive and should be viewed as simply looking at the needs of Gorleston in a strategic way moving forwards.
The Chief Executive Officer reported that if two Member Working Groups were formed, it would not be divisive as the Working Groups, who would not have the power to make decisions, would report to the Policy & Resources Committee to ensure a cohesive approach.
(i) That two Member Working Groups, consisting of five Members and being politically balanced be established, one to represent Great Yarmouth and one to represent Gorleston to work with officers to develop the Seafront Masterplan for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
(ii) That no Member to sit on both Member Working Groups.