Agenda and minutes

Clay Cross Town Deal Board - Friday, 5th June, 2020 9.00 am

Contact: Damon Stanton  01246 217011

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


No apologies were submitted.



Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or other interests, not already on their register of interests, in any item on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time.



No declarations of interest were made.



Terms of Reference Update pdf icon PDF 159 KB


Members of the Board were presented with some minor changes to the Clay Cross Town Board’s Terms of Reference.  It was stated that the changes referred to suitable substitutes for Board Members so that they could be represented by their organisation in their absence.


AGREED – That the minor changes to the Clay Cross Town Board’s Terms of Reference be approved.



Inception Meeting


The Board welcomed Nexus Planning to the meeting as lead consultants appointed to deliver the investment plan for Clay Cross.

                                                                                                                                            Peter Tooher, Executive Director of Nexus Planning, expressed his excitement and thanked the Board for the opportunity to deliver on the aspirations for Clay Cross.


Nexus provided a brief presentation to the Board which outlined a number of key issues and areas.  These included:-


·                     Clay Cross Board objectives;

·                     Priority areas and proposals;

·                     Key documents, data and project evidence;

·                     The Clay Cross Investment Plan;

·                     Consultation Plan;

·                     Timescales and programme;

·                     Next steps.

                                                                                                                                            The Clay Cross Board discussed a number of ways in which Nexus Planning could be updated about the work done so far in regards to the Investment Plan for Clay Cross.  These included workshops and informal working groups. 

                                                                                                                                            Members of the Board had a wide ranging discussion on the specific challenges that Clay Cross faced.  Lee Rowley MP, suggested that a number of policy interventions were required such as promoting skills and education, connecting Clay Cross to surrounding areas, and an overall economic transformation that would improve the health and wellbeing of Clay Cross residents.  The Board agreed that there must be a robust data set where areas of investment could be identified and focussed on.

                                                                                                                                            Councillor Geoff Morley, Clay Cross Parish Chair, identified the leisure centre as a key area that was vital for the health and wellbeing of Clay Cross residents. 

                                                                                                                                            Councillor Jeremy Kenyon made reference to the poor traffic flow and the connectivity issues for Clay Cross’ Town Centre.

                                                                                                                                            Julie Richards – Chesterfield College, discussed the skills agenda and the importance of using data to drive upskilling and knowledge to help the unemployed and attract businesses to the area.

                                                                                                                                            Councillor Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council, informed the Clay Cross Town Board of a district information portal that would be available for the public to view on the Council’s website.  The Board reiterated that a robust data set was vital so that the investment plan could make a clear case to Government that investment was needed in Clay Cross.

                                                                                                                                            The Clay Cross Board discussed the possibility of bringing the next meeting forward by two weeks, as well as the creation of a sub-group or further informal working groups.

                                                                                                                                            Members of the Clay Cross Town Board acknowledged that they were a representative of the stakeholders in the Clay Cross community and as such, regular engagement with the public was important.  Members agreed that public engagement was crucial, and as such identified a number of areas in which the Council’s Communications Team could connect with residents.   This included social media outlets, e-mail communications and the publishing of the draft final plan for public comments. 


                                                                                                                                            Councillor Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of the Council, wished for officers to draft a clear set of statements before the next formal meeting to identify the progress of the Town Board.  The statement would include a progress to date briefing, where the investment plan was at, a clear outline of the Board’s vision,  ...  view the full minutes text for item CXTB/4/20-21




It was stated that the Council planned on publishing a press release, announcing Nexus Planning as the consultants and lead planners for the Clay Cross Investment Plan.

                                                                                                                                            The Board agreed for the Council’s Communications Department to work with Chesterfield College to produce a logo or brand that outlined the Board’s vision for Clay Cross.

                                                                                                                                            AGREED – That the update be noted.



Any Other Business


There was no further business to discuss.