Urgent Items of Business
Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.
The Chairman informed members he had recently received a letter from Bracknell Shopmobility which requested the charity’s grant reduction be brought to the ECC Panel’s attention. The letter from Acting Chairman of Bracknell Shopmobility, Bob Draper, argued previous assumptions regarding increased footfall to Bracknell Town Centre had not resulted in increased traffic to their shop in Princess Square or helped alleviate the effect of grant reductions. Members noted Bracknell Shopmobility, similarly to other grant funded organisations, had been given four years notice to plan for their grant reduction. They queried how much the reduction over four years equated to and the Chairman said it was approximately £30k per annum. The Panel noted the letter had been sent to the Leader of the Council and agreed the Chairman write a letter to the Acting Chairman of Bracknell Shopmobility reflecting the fact they had discussed the issue as requested.
· Chairman to send a letter to the Acting Chairman of Bracknell Shopmobility reflecting discussion at the meeting.
· Governance & Scrutiny Co-ordinator to send extract of minutes relating to this item to the Leader of the Council.