Agenda and minutes

EAP Active Communities - Friday 9th June, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, The Cube, George St, Corby NN17 1QG

Contact: Pauline Brennan 

No. Item


Chair's Announcements


None on this occasion.



Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Russell Roberts and Geoff Shacklock.



Members' Declarations of interest


None on this occasion.



Minutes of the meeting held on 28th April 2023 pdf icon PDF 121 KB


The minutes of the EAP meeting held on 28th April 2023 had been circulated.


RESOLVED that: -


The minutes of the 28th April 2023 be approved.



Tourism Strategy Presentation pdf icon PDF 10 MB


Chair (Councillor Howell) thanked Kerry Purnell and her team and advised that the presentation would be given by Strategic Lead for Culture, Tourism and Heritage Jack Pishhorn and Richard Dickinson of Tomorrow Tourism.


Mr Dickinson gave a very comprehensive overview of what work had been carried out and this had resolved that there was a considerable amount to do to bring repeat visits into the county as a whole, but from North Northants point of view there was a need to provide information on what was available to visit and provide accommodation, so people were encouraged to stay over for a period of time.


The vision was to build a greater sense of pride across the county in turn driving economic growth whilst encouraging people to visit. This required a collaborative approach throughout the visitor economy.


The objectives were Collaboration, Partnership Marketing, Focus on Quality & Performance and Plan for the Future, this would require a significant campaign over the next couple of years involving not just the Council but all Stakeholders.

Mr Dickinson said delivery would require a High-Level Action Plan including preparation for revitalising marketing and promotional arrangements, building capacity and foundations to respond to the workforce challenge, increase the quality of the offer regarding sustainability, accessibility and visitor experience and establish robust long-term governance and optimise the potential for the visitor economy.


Members felt that there was the ability to put in place good infrastructure to encourage visitors to stay in the area for longer but that this would require working with the relevant business’ and as suggested the Local Authority could do more to encourage planners to engage with those submitting applications for camping, glamping, and hotels.


Ideas such as Historic Churchyard Maps were suggested for those trying to track down ancestors, information providing places to visit in a local area that could be visited over several days making travelling easier. Northants had a history of Shoe Making, promote it, Corby has a Heritage Centre, could be open longer.


The Executive Director suggested promoting accessibility for the disabled, helping farmers to diversify, this needed to go to the Leadership Group, younger people attracted by music, crafts etc. there was a ned to look at funding, if packaged properly we can access funding.


Chair suggested that a full Member session would be helpful to bring in more ideas.


Cllr McGhee suggested that it was necessary to cross borders, transport, trains from the north, golf courses, fishing etc. the Green Festival was not internally promoted.


Chair advised that the group were looking at all options to cover North Northamptonshire, mode of transport, applying for LDEP Status, the figures were still be worked up. Looking at funding, resources, expressions of interest, Government, model, how income would be generated, it was hoped this would all come together this year, Covid had stopped progress in some areas.



Service Showcase - Public Health


The first Service Showcase was from Public Health with four of the team giving an update on who they were and what areas of the Public Health Service they represented.


Assistant Director of Public Health – Shirley Plenderleith gave the Panel a brief explanation of her Professional background and then explained that she had a small team of 3 Project Managers, 1 Project Support Officer and a PH systems officer. The areas covered included Research and Evaluation, Governance and Project Activity.


Public Health Consultant Michael Bridges gave an overview of his Professional Background, his team consisted of:


Health Protection – 2 staff members,

Infection Prevention & Control Team – 3 staff members &

Tobacco Control/Smoking Cessation and Stop Smoking Service – total 5 staff members.


Abdu Mohiddin was a consultant in Public Health and advised that his role covered Children, Oral, Maternity and Sexual Health.


Public Health Consultant Cate Carmichael, she covered Health Care Public Health, Evidence & Intelligence, Adult Health Improvement and Health Equalities.



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Forward Plan had now been populated for the Municipal Year.



Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 78 KB


This would be included on the next Agenda.



Close of Meeting


There being no further business, the Chair thanked Members and Officers for their attendance and closed the meeting.