Decision Maker: Scrutiny Commission
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Considered – Report of the Chief Executive.
The Chairman asked how we measure the success of the ‘visit’ priority within the Blaby District Plan.
The Chief Executive advised that there are various sources of data and information that is analysed, for example feedback from the Fosse Park extension that has recently opened. Other examples were given such as feedback from the public about local parks in the district, as well as social media providing feedback and data to consider. The Chief Executive also advised that data measuring the volume of car’s parking in Fosse Park is another source of information used to measuring the ‘visit’ priority.
The Chairman expressed concerns over the lack of hotel accommodation within the district to correspond with the increase in visitors.
The Chief Executive acknowledged this concern, and confirmed that new hotel accommodation has always been a need for the district.
Cllr. Nick Brown questioned what the Blaby District Plan would like to have achieved if it had additional resources?
The Chief Executive advised that the Blaby District Plan is about what is going on now and that future priorities will be affected by funding and investment, therefore attracting investment is important. The Chief Executive then told members that there is a specific funding available (e.g. LAD Funding) , however, the funding must be spent in a specific amount of time.
Cllr. Kirsteen Thomson expressed concerns about the lack of an integrated walk and ride plan.
The Chief Executive acknowledged these concerns, and expressed that we are learning from previous settlements such as Lubbesthorpe, therefore in the future segregated cycling and walk and ride plans should be considered in the planning stage.
Cllr. Sam Maxwell expressed concerns over the effect on local businesses from heavily funded and promoted attractions such as Fosse Park. This is surrounding the concern of the public visiting sites such as Fosse Park, where large companies have outlets, rather than visiting local independent businesses.
The Chief Executive reassured members that they are focused on encouraging visitors to utilise not only sites such as Fosse Park, but local businesses in the District too and emphasised the importance of promoting local businesses.
Cllr. Nick Brown queried whether the route from Lubbesthorpe to Braunstone would indeed be happening this year as previously advised.
The Chief Executive advised members that the work and conversations surrounding this matter are still ongoing and that once there is an update this will be shared with members.
Publication date: 28/05/2021
Date of decision: 21/04/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/04/2021 - Scrutiny Commission