The Cabinet had before it a * report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration setting out the proposed governance arrangements in order to establish clear lines of decision making for the project and to identify the next steps for taking forward the project.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that there had been long held aspirations to reinstate stations at Cullompton and Wellington. In respect of the Cullompton Station this reopening would underpin the work of the Local Plan, the Culm Garden Village and the general expansion of the town and that he was very keen to see the project moving forward. He outlined an overview of the process and the various Government agencies that were involved in the re-instatement of railway stations. A large amount of work had already taken place and some funding had been made available, however there was a need to access funding through a bidding process, this had now taken place and a response from the Minister was awaited.
He informed the meeting that the report also considered the governance arrangements which were important to establish a structure for the project.
Following consideration of the report, it was generally felt that this was a great opportunity for sustainable travel in the area, although it was understood that such a project could take time.
a) The Governance arrangements as set out in appendix 1 be agreed.
b) The overview of the process be noted.
(Proposed by Cllr G Barnell and seconded by Cllr Mrs N Woollatt)
Note: * Report previously circulated copy attached to minutes.