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Status:
Implemented
Business Item
Smart Towns Project
Ref.
ES/0411
Is a Key Decision:
Yes
Decision Type:
Committee
Decision Maker:
Cabinet
Date of Decision
Tue 7 Jul 2020
Show on Forward Plan
Yes
Description
Report of the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customer Services and Operational Partnerships
Matter for Decision (to consider...)

That approval be given to fund £500k from the Transformation Reserve and to commence work on the implementation of the East Suffolk Smart Towns Project

 

That delegated authority be given to Strategic Director in consultation with Portfolio Holder to award contracts, expend the budget to deliver the project and investigate additional external funding sources which could replace or supplement existing internal funding.    

Service Area
ICT
Service Area 2
Not Applicable
Contact for Background Papers:
None
Background Papers:
Equality Impact Assessment
Is Decision District Wide
Yes
Decision Made

1. That approval be given to fund up to £500k from the Transformation Reserve, depending on outcome of other external funding plans, and to commence work on the implementation of the East Suffolk Smart Towns Project.

 

2. That delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director, in consultation with the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customer Services and Operational Partnerships, to award contracts, expend the budget to deliver the project and investigate additional external funding sources which could replace or supplement existing internal funding.

Reason for Decision
The East Suffolk Smart Towns Project will accelerate digital readiness for our market towns and businesses ensuring that they are best supported to achieve economic resilience and sustainability.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Whilst there are other business support programmes available, they are not specifically focused on digital business support. It would be difficult to achieve the level of engagement and transformation expected without a dedicated programme such as the one that the Smart Towns Project would deliver. 

 

The individual market towns could implement their own public wifi schemes but this approach would not realise the benefits of a planned, co-ordinated roll out e.g. economies of scale, consistent approach to data collection and reporting, encourage collaboration between towns through sharing of skills & experience, ability to compare data and the success of initiatives in one town with another. 

 

A do-nothing option would not address the longer term economic sustainability of our market towns, nor would it support the Covid19 business recovery plans.

Any Declarations of Interest Declared
None.
Any Dispensation Granted
None.

Decision Criteria

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Wards

Aldeburgh and Leiston; Beccles and Worlingham; Bungay and Wainford; Carlford and Fynn Valley; Carlton and Whitton; Carlton Colville; Deben; Eastern Felixstowe; Framlingham; Gunton and St Margarets; Halesworth and Blything; Harbour and Normanston; Kelsale and Yoxford; Kesgrave; Kessingland; Kirkley and Pakefield; Lothingland; Martlesham and Purdis Farm; Melton; Orwell and Villages; Oulton Broad; Rendlesham and Orford; Rushmere St Andrew; Saxmundham; Southwold; Western Felixstowe; Wickham Market; Woodbridge; Wrentham, Wangford and Westleton

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Decision History

DateTimeCreatedUserFullnameStatusDescriptionDetails
 Page 1 of 5, items 1 to 10 of 46.
18/06/2020 10:33:56Matt MakinBusiness Item Created 
18/06/2020 10:33:56Matt MakinCommittee AddedCabinet
18/06/2020 10:33:56Matt MakinMeeting Added07/07/2020 6:30PM
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedAldeburgh and Leiston
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedBeccles and Worlingham
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedBungay and Wainford
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedCarlford and Fynn Valley
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedCarlton and Whitton
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedCarlton Colville
18/06/2020 10:34:33Matt MakinWard AddedDeben

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