Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall

Contact: Committee Administration 01905 722027, 722005, 722085 

Note: To view the live broadcast go to 


No. Item


Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the Committee.


Councillor Lewing for Councillor Bisset.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


The following declarations of interest were made:


Councillor Bayliss - Minute 20 (Levelling Up Round 2 Draft Bid) – As a member of Worcestershire County Council and Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills


Councillors Allcott, Denham, Mackay and Stanley - Minute 20 (Levelling Up Round 2 Draft Bid) – As members of Worcestershire County Council


Councillor Riaz – Minute 21 (Termination of Revenues and Benefits Management Contract) – Brother is an employee of Civica.


Public Representations

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Of the meeting held on 24th May 2022 to be approved and signed.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 24th May 2022 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Levelling Up Round 2 Draft Bid pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider the draft bid submission and approve the preferred projects for inclusion in the bid submission to Government.


(Report to follow)

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report on the preferred projects for inclusion in the Levelling Up bid submission to Government. The Deputy Director – Economic Development presented the report and gave a presentation. She explained the three investment themes, how the funding works, the bid process and the proposed projects. The Government deadline for submitting bids was 12 noon on 6 July. However, the online application portal was not yet open and therefore the deadline might be extended.


In summary, six projects had been shortlisted from the project longlist of eleven. All projects need to evidence their potential to support a number of key outputs and they also need a robust delivery plan so as to be able to start in 2022-23. Based upon this criteria and further review, two projects -  Multi-Use Community Space and Riverside as a Destination – had not been recommended for further consideration for this funding stream.


The four remaining projects were presented to the Town Board on 13 June 2022. The Board unanimously agreed to endorse the shortlist. However, following further consideration by Officers, it was now proposed to remove the Museum and Art Gallery project as it potentially requires the acquisition of a further asset and/or ongoing revenue costs to the Council which cannot be estimated at this stage, and which cannot be included in the capital funding bid. Other options for bring this proposal forward will be explored.


Therefore the following three projects were proposed:


    Nunnery Wood Sports Complex - Redevelopment and refurbishment of track and field facilities, a Grandstand and additional indoor space to support an extended programme of activity - £9m

    Engine Works, Shrub Hill - Repurposing and bringing back into use listed industrial space with the creation of new mixed use office accommodation, workshop and creative spaces - £8m with £880k from Worcestershire County Council

    Pitchcroft Grandstand Development – Redevelop the grandstand in order to increase visitor numbers and attract more footfall to city centre. Facility for 300+ race-goers or conference delegates; riverside and racecourse views; access for neighbouring users of the site - £3m in total with £3m matched investment from Arena Racing Company.


In the ensuing discussion, the following main points were made:


·          Officers advised that there will be a formal agreement with Arena Racing to deliver a share in profits from the Grandstand operation through amendment to the existing lease. The Nunnery Wood Sports Complex regeneration will increase usage and this will be reflected in the contract with Freedom Leisure. The Engine Works will bring the building back to a marketable and lettable condition. This is a joint venture and this initial funding will then kickstart further investment into the building, led by the County Council.


·          Officers are not aware of any Levelling Up bids by other Worcestershire Councils which will provide competition. The County Council are making a large transport investment bid which is focussed on Shrub Hill railway station. It will be marked separately to our bid and therefore the two will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.


Termination Of Revenues And Benefits Management Contract pdf icon PDF 217 KB

That the Committee recommends to Council the return of the Revenues and Benefits to an in-house shared service, with staff employed by Malvern Hills District Council, noting that further reports will be brought to this Committee once the transfer has been completed and a review of the service has commenced.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report on the return of Revenues and Benefits to an in-house shared service. The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the report and summarised the work which had been undertaken since the Committee’s decision in December 2021 that management of the service should return from Civica to the Shared Service partnership arrangement that was previously in place.


Although the actual date of transfer had yet to be agreed, if the earliest requested date of 30 October 2022 is to be achieved, Council approval to terminate the contract early was required by the 5 July meeting to ensure that there is time for a full and detailed consultation with the staff who will transfer.


The service will remain hosted physically by Wychavon District Council but the staff will now transfer under TUPE regulations into the employment of Malvern Hills District Council, this being the least-cost option.


The significant savings which had been anticipated were not now expected to materialise and the reasons for this were set out in the report. The Council’s proportion of the annual sum for the contract would therefore remain initially at its current level.


Changes in working practices were being explored to identify any potential efficiencies that may arise on transfer. The result of these considerations will be reported to the Committee at future meetings along with consideration of the option to withdraw from the partnership and re-establish a directly-managed service in house, post transfer.


Officers responded to questions from Committee Members. It was explained that Malvern Hills Council are not committed to the real living wage, however the transfer has been prepared at least detriment to the staff. It is intended that Civica will be treated as an admitted body for the purpose of the local government pension scheme.


RESOLVED: That the Committee recommend to Council the return of the Revenues and Benefits to an in-house shared service, with staff employed by Malvern Hills District Council, noting that further reports will be brought to this Committee once the transfer has been completed and a review of the service has commenced.


Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chair is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.