Agenda and draft minutes

The City of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Economic Prosperity Committee
Friday, 5th April, 2024 9.30 am

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Laura Wilson, Nottingham City Council 

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Ben Bradley, Councillor Paul Peacock, Councillor John Clarke, and Nicki Jenkins.


Declarations of Interests




Minutes pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2023 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.


East Midlands Combined County Authority: Delegation as nominating body and request for nominations pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Joint report of the Chief Executive of Mansfield District Council and Interim Monitoring Officer of the East Midlands Combined County Authority.


Adam Hill, Chief Executive, Mansfield District Council, and Jodie Townsend, East Midlands Mayoral County Combined Authority, presented the report seeking the acceptance of the Economic Prosperity Committee (EPC) of the designation provided by the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) for it to be the nominating body for Nottinghamshire District and Borough Council Non-Constituent Members to the Combined County Authority.


If accepted this would make the Nottinghamshire Economic Prosperity Committee (EPC) responsible for the appointment of District and Borough Council representatives at the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) Board and its wider Committees.


During the discussion and in response to questions from the Committee, the following points were made:


(a)  the wider Committees that have been established on Transport, Skills and Employment, and Investment have been selected as they reflect the main areas of devolutionary powers. Planning and Housing sit with the EMCCA Board itself but it can establish further Committees if agreed;

(b)  an Innovation Committee was also agreed recently but this has not been formally established by the EMCCA Board;

(c)  the Committee discussed appointments to the committees reflecting political balance. However, they will need to have appointees with the right skillsets and be geographically spread so as not to overload officers in certain councils. This could be difficult to arrange due to the relatively small number of members required, and should be brought back to a future meeting for decision;

(d)  the Audit and Overview and Scrutiny Committees will be politically balanced.

Councillor Milan Radulovic proposed an additional recommendation to the Committee to recommend to the EMCCA Board that Housing and Planning, and Environment be added to their Committee structure, as these are areas that are very important to the local residents of the area. District and Borough Councils, and the City Council, are responsible for these areas on an operational level, but these Committees could provide a strategic oversight for the EMCCA region. This proposal was put to a vote.


Resolved to


(1)  accept the designation provided by East Midlands Combined County Authority to be the nominating body for Nottinghamshire District and Borough Council Non-Constituent Members to the Combined County Authority;

(2)  agree that the current representatives as set out in paragraph 3.5 of the report are the representatives nominated to the EMCCA Board until May 2025, at which point the representatives are reviewed through the selection process;

(3)  defer agreement that the process detailed in Appendix 1 of the report be adopted as a selection process for nominations to EMCCA Board from May 2025 to a future meeting, pending further discussion;

(4)  defer making nominations and substitute nominations to the East Midlands Combined County Authority wider committees in alignment with paragraph 3.8 of the report to a future meeting pending further discussion;

(5)  note the arrangements for appointment, disqualification, dismissal of Non-Constituent members to EMCCA as detailed in Part 5 of the EMCCA Constitution and attached as Appendix 2;

(6)  resolved to recommend to the EMCCA Board that Housing and Planning, and Environment be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


Any Other Business


The Committee noted that Councillor David Mellen is stepping down as Leader of Nottingham City Council and thanked him for his commitment to the Committee’s work during his tenure.


Date of Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting.


The next meeting date and venue will be arranged between officers for an appropriate Friday morning, and communicated to Committee Members.