Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 28 September 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Jo Moore - 01452 324196 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2016 (minutes attached).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2016 were agreed and signed as an accurate record of that meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

4.

Questions at Cabinet Meetings pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

Written questions

 

To answer any written questions from a County Councillor, (or any person living or working in the county, or is affected by the work of the County Council), about any matter which relates to any item on the agenda for this meeting.

 

The closing date for the receipt of written questions was 4.00 pm on Thursday 22 September 2016.

 

Oral questions

 

To answer any oral questions from members of the public. An oral question may be asked by a member of the public about any item on the agenda for this meeting, provided notice of the question is given by the questioner to the Chief Executive’s representative, at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Depending on the nature of the questions, it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be provided as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting. Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

Public Questions

 

No public questions were submitted for consideration at the meeting.

 

Member Questions

 

Please refer to the following link to view the responses to the member questions submitted for consideration at the meeting.

 

http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=117&MId=8220&Ver=4

 

A total of 19 (member) questions were submitted for consideration, for which the following supplementary questions were asked at the meeting.

 

Question 1: Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

Item 11: Schedule of Proposed Disposals

 

Were you aware officers have called a meeting of Gloucester County Councillors to discuss future secondary school provision in the area defined as G15?

 

Will you hold off putting the, (Former Bishops College), site on the market until we have met and agreed a future secondary school strategy?

 

Response by: Cllr Ray Theodoulou

 

No, I was not aware of a meeting. It is the responsibility of the Planning Authority at Gloucester City Council to determine any applications as to what buildings will be put up. It is too early to say what is going to happen. The site might not sell as quickly as expected. 

 

Question 2: Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

Item 11: Schedule of Proposed Disposals

 

Are you aware, Kingsholm Primary School feeds 13 secondary schools of which none are within walking distance unless the child is female and has passed the 11 Plus.

 

With so many houses planned in the North of Gloucester area as part of the Joint Core Strategy, the former Bishops College site could be an ideal location for a new comprehensive school.

 

Will you re-think your plans to dispose of this site for houses?

 

Response by: Cllr Ray Theodoulou

 

Education does not form part of my portfolio. This is an issue for Cllr Paul McLain, (Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Strategic Commissioning), whom I believe responded to similar questions at the full council meeting, (14 September 2016).

 

Response by: Cllr Paul McLain

 

A briefing has been arranged for all Gloucester County Councillors, (whose wards cover the 12 secondary schools forming part of the collaborative group called G15), to look at the different needs of the areas, and the plans to expand some of the schools to increase the number of school places available. Currently, there is no forecast need for Gloucester. A forecast peak has been forecast for 2020. I suggest Cllr Hilton attend the forthcoming meeting to obtain the facts about what is planned. 

 

Question 3: Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

Item 11: Schedule of Proposed Disposals

 

The site at Clearwater Drive, Quedgeley has been used for many years as an open space. Could you please provide me with documentary evidence that the land will be at risk of being reclaimed by the developers if it is not developed for a school?

 

Response by: Cllr Ray Theodoulou

 

Yes – the site could be reclaimed by developers. I will provide evidence of the risk outside this forum.

 

Question 4: Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

Item 11: Schedule of Proposed Disposals

 

There are already three primary schools to the west of the Gloucester by-pass,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Direct Award of Interim Public Health Enhanced Services Contracts pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To seek approval to award a number of interim contracts for the delivery of Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES).

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought approval to award a number of interim contracts for the delivery of Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES).

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, to award by single tender negotiation, the contracts for Public Health Enhanced Services for a period of 12 months commencing 1st April 2017.

 

There is an estimated collective total value of £1.4m for the combined contracts. The estimated total is due to some of the contracts being based on the activity delivered.

Minutes:

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, sought permission to award a number of interim contracts for the delivery of Public Health Enhanced Services (PHES) with GP Practices and Pharmacies across Gloucestershire from April 2017 to March 2018.

 

Cllr Gravells explained that the contracts for the council’s Sexual Health Services and NHS Healthchecks Service, (awarded for the two year period April 2015 until March 2017), could not be extended. To ensure service continuity, and to maintain service delivery, a direct award of new interim contracts, (each with a term of 12 months), was required. Members were advised that it was important to maintain service delivery in order to comply with the council’s mandatory functions.

 

Cllr Gravells clarified that it had been necessary to estimate the collective total value of the contracts, with the estimated spend for 2015-16 estimated at £1.4 million.

 

Drawing members’ attention to the Due Regard Statement for this decision, Cllr Gravells informed members of several activities that had been introduced to assist in identifying possible areas of risk. These included; reviewing services within the Health Behaviours Review and Healthy Lifestyles Re-commissioning Project and the auditing of NHS Healthcheck Services. 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Authorise the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, to award by single tender negotiation, the contracts for Public Health Enhanced Services for a period of 12 months commencing 1st April 2017. There is an estimated collective total value of £1.4m for the combined contracts. The estimated total is due to some of the contracts being based on the activity delivered.

6.

Tender and Award of Concessionary Travel and Smart Card Production and Management Contract pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To seek Cabinet approval to procure and award a contract for concessionary travel and smart card production and management.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure, sought approval to procure and award a contract for concessionary travel and smart card production and management.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1) Undertake a legally compliant procurement process to find a supplier to undertake the smart card production and management contract on behalf of the Council;

 

2) Award the contract for five years to the most economically advantageous tender;

 

3) Where practicable, to include Gloucestershire NHS bodies within the above procurement process to support the integration of passenger transport services, contract efficiencies and better access to health services.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure, sought to procure and award a contract for concessionary travel and smart card production and management.

 

Cllr Moor explained that the County Council was responsible for administering the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme for Gloucestershire, with over 118,000 older and disabled residents issued with ‘smart card’ bus passes. The council is also responsible for education transport and supporting socially necessary bus services. The council’s contract for card production and for providing a management information system which allows applicants apply for bus passes and gain a better understanding of what travel products are available, is due to expire later in the year. Responding to questions, Cllr Moor confirmed that the decision related to all fares. 

 

Cllr Moor informed members that Gloucestershire had been the first authority to introduce an online application service, supplemented by help from libraries and over the phone. He believed the arrangement had worked well and had helped in delivering efficiency savings. It was therefore the council’s intention to continue to offer this level of choice and flexibility under the new system.


Referring to the Due Regard Statement, the Cabinet Member outlined the positive impacts of the decision on older and disabled residents and on young people requiring home to school transport.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Undertake a legally compliant procurement process to find a supplier to undertake the smart card production and management contract on behalf of the Council;

 

2)    Award the contract for five years to the most economically advantageous tender;

 

3)    Where practicable, to include Gloucestershire NHS bodies within the above procurement process to support the integration of passenger transport services, contract efficiencies and better access to health services.

 

 

7.

Tender and Award of Transport Contracts under the Dynamic Procurement System for Transport pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To seek Cabinet approval to use the Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System (TSDPS) to procure and award a number of passenger transport contracts each with an estimated gross value of over £500,000.

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure, sought approval to use the Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System (TSDPS) to procure and award a number of passenger transport contracts, each with an estimated gross value of over £500,000.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Delegate authority to the Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure to:

 

1)     Use the TSDPS in accordance with its terms to undertake in each case a legally compliant procurement processes to procure contracts for the provision of each of the local bus services set out in Table 1.

 

2)     Upon the conclusion of each process under Recommendation 1 above to award a contract to the preferred provider in each case evaluated as offering the Council best value for money for delivery of the services in accordance with the DPS requirements. In the event that a preferred provider for a contract is either unable or unwilling to enter into a contract then the Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure is authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

Minutes:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure, sought authorisation to use the Council’s Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System (TSDPS) to procure and award a number of passenger transport contracts, each with an estimated gross value of over £500,000.

 

Recalling the cabinet decision made in February 2016, (to review subsidised public and community transport services), Cllr Moor reminded members that, when setting up the Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System, it had been agreed all passenger transport contracts with an estimated gross value in excess of £500,000 would require Cabinet approval prior to procurement. 

 

Outlining the recommendations relating to this decision only, Cllr Moor sought to authorise the Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure to use the Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System to procure contracts for the bus services shown in Table 1 of the published cabinet decision report.

 

The Due Regard Statement produced for the original Transport Services Dynamic Purchasing System report in October 2014, has since been reviewed, with no material changes affecting any groups with protected characteristics 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet thanked officers for the efficiency in responding to this piece of work and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Delegate authority to the Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure to:

 

1)     Use the TSDPS in accordance with its terms to undertake in each case a legally compliant procurement processes to procure contracts for the provision of each of the local bus services set out in Table 1.

 

2)     Upon the conclusion of each process under Recommendation 1 above to award a contract to the preferred provider in each case evaluated as offering the Council best value for money for delivery of the services in accordance with the DPS requirements. In the event that a preferred provider for a contract is either unable or unwilling to enter into a contract then the Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure is authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

8.

Procurement of Advocacy and Related Services pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To seek approval to procure the specified advocacy services in order to meet the Council’s statutory duties and to request delegated authority to award contracts.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Dorcas Binns, Cabinet Member for Older People, sought to procure the specified advocacy services in order to meet the Council’s statutory duties, and to delegate authority to the Commissioning Director: Adults and Commissioning Director: Children and Families to award the contracts.

 

Part two of the recommendations relate to the ‘Children and Young People and Strategic Commissioning’ Portfolio.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

  1. Authorise the Commissioning Director: Adults to:

 

(a) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  5 year contract (with an initial term of 3 years and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £3.289m for the delivery of Independent Health and Social Care Advocacy Service for Adults and

 

(b) Upon conclusion of the competitive tender process, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Older People, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider who is evaluated as achieving the highest score against the evaluation criteria set by the Council. In the event that that the preferred bidder for the contract is either unable or unwilling to enter into that contract with the Council then Officers are authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

 

2.     Authorise the Commissioning Director: Children and Families, to:

 

(a) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  5 year contract (with an initial term of 3 years  and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £550k for the delivery of Independent Social Care Advocacy for Children in Care and Disabled Children the “Children’s Service” ;

 

(b) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  7 year contract (with an initial term of 5 years  and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £280k for the delivery of Independent Visitors for looked after children and

 

(c) Upon conclusion of these competitive tender processes, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider who is evaluated as achieving the highest score against the evaluation criteria set by the Council for each contract. In the event that that the preferred bidders for the contracts are either unable or unwilling to enter into those contracts with the Council then Officers are authorised to enter into such contracts with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified providers.

Minutes:

Cllr Dorcas Binns, Cabinet Member for Older People, sought to procure specified ‘advocacy’ services in order to meet the Council’s statutory duties and, to delegate authority to the Commissioning Director: Adults and to the Commissioning Director: Children and Families, to award the contracts. Part 2 of the recommendations relate to the ‘Children and Young People and Strategic Commissioning’ Cabinet Portfolio.

 

Cllr Binns explained that the purpose of the decision was to seek authorisation to assist individuals to better understand the choices available to them, and to enable individuals have their ‘voices’ heard when making decisions on specific health and care situations.

 

Outlining the council’s statutory duties, Cllr Binns explained that, over time, the number of statutory duties to provide independent advocacy had increased, with the current contracts due to end in March 2017. It was noted that the current total combined value of the contracts was within the council’s existing budget.

 

The collective re-commissioning of the council’s current service provision, (based on 6 contracts delivered by 3 providers), aims to provide opportunities for taking a more strategic approach to seeking better value for money, and to responding to fluctuating demands that is in keeping with the council’s vision of ‘living within our means’.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

  1. Authorise the Commissioning Director: Adults to:

 

(a) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  5 year contract (with an initial term of 3 years and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £3.289m for the delivery of Independent Health and Social Care Advocacy Service for Adults and

 

(b) Upon conclusion of the competitive tender process, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Older People, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider who is evaluated as achieving the highest score against the evaluation criteria set by the Council. In the event that that the preferred bidder for the contract is either unable or unwilling to enter into that contract with the Council then Officers are authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

 

2.     Authorise the Commissioning Director: Children and Families, to:

 

(a) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  5 year contract (with an initial term of 3 years  and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £550k for the delivery of Independent Social Care Advocacy for Children in Care and Disabled Children the “Children’s Service” ;

 

(b) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a  7 year contract (with an initial term of 5 years  and an option to extend for a further  2 years) with an estimated maximum total value of up to £280k for the delivery of Independent Visitors for looked after children and

 

(c)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Financial Monitoring Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To provide an update on the year-end forecast for the County Council’s Revenue and Capital Budgets 2016/17.

Decision:

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, gave an update on the year-end forecast for the council’s Revenue and Capital Budgets 2016/17.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1.    Note the forecast revenue year end position, as at the end of July 2016 for the 2016/17 financial year, of a small net overspend of £23,000.

 

2.    Note the forecast capital year end position of a small under-spend of £27,000 for 2016/17 against the re-profiled budget and that;

 

a)    A new scheme had been added to the capital programme for the construction of 2 class modular building on the Waterwells Academy site, financed from the transfer of £0.30 million from the unallocated education Basic Need grant funding, already approved within the capital programme.

 

b)    £1.18 million of grant funded schemes had been brought forward into 2016/17 due to the accelerated delivery of schemes, already approved within the capital programme. This does not change the overall value of the capital programme approved by Council; just its funding between year.

 

3.    Endorse the acceptance of the four year Local Government Settlement offer by the Strategic Director of Finance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change.

 

4.    Approve the following changes to the capital programme:

 

a)    An increase in the capital programme of £4.682 million funded from the receipt of Disabled Facilities Grant.

 

b)    That the existing capital approval for Cleeve School scheme be increased to £4.958 million, funded through additional Section 106 contributions, and therefore an increase in the capital programme by £1.117 million.

 

c)    An increase of £0.35 million in the Highway capital budget, funded from a revenue contribution of £0.26 million of Highways Local Schemes funding and an additional £0.09 million of developer contributions to help fund a number of highway schemes.

 

d)    That the existing capital approval for the Alvin Street scheme be increased to £2.862 million, funded through additional grant contributions and increasing the capital programme by £173,000.

 

     5.  Authorise the Chief Fire Officer and Operations Director to:

 

a)    Conduct a legally compliant competitive procurement process for the award of a contract to provide a replacement telephony system for the council, utilising the existing ICT managed service provider (Sopra Steria) for the implementation and project management. 

 

b)    Award the proposed contract upon the conclusion of the said competitive procurement process to the preferred provider who is found to offer the most economically advantageous tender, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member: Finance & Change.  In the event that the preferred provider was either unable or unwilling to enter into a contract with the council, then theChief Fire Officer and Operations Director, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member: Finance & Change, to be authorised to award the contract to a willing and capable tenderer who is found to offer the next most economically advantageous tender.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, gave an update on the year-end forecast for the council’s Revenue and Capital Budgets 2016/17.

 

Members were advised of a correction to the covering report. Classified as a ‘key decision’ on the Cabinet Forward Plan and on the published agenda, members were advised of an administrative error in the recording of the decision as a ‘non-key’ decision on the covering report. The inaccuracy had no impact on the outcome of the decision.

 

Cllr Theodoulou reported the forecast revenue year end position for 2016/17 as showing a net £0.023 million overspend, and the forecast capital year end position showing a small under-spend of £0.027 million. Despite continued pressures on the council’s resources, particularly in Adults and Children’s Services, Cllr Theodoulou reaffirmed that expenditure was being managed within existing resources.

 

The capital budget for 2016/17 is set at £94.96 million. Updating members on the council’s spending, Cllr Theodoulou reported actual spending, (as of 12 August 2016), at £14.13 million. This rate of spending is anticipated to increase significantly over the next few months, (during the construction phase of the budget).

 

Authorised by Full Council in February 2016, Cllr Theodoulou sought to endorse a decision made by the Strategic Director of Finance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, to accept the fixed four year Local Government Settlement Offer. Cllr Theodoulou informed members that one advantage of accepting the offer was that it would give the Council a degree of certainty about future funding and remove the risk of unexpected reductions in funding.

 

The Cabinet Member also sought to approve a number of changes to the Capital Programme, including proposals for significant investment in the Kingsway and Quedgeley area. Reflecting on some of the concerns that had been expressed by Cllr Jeremy Hilton earlier in the meeting, (at item 4 of the agenda), Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, suggested Cllr Paul McLain, Cabinet Member: Children and Young People and Strategic Commissioning continue to review investment in this area and the urgent requirement for additional school places.

 

On a more positive note, Cllr Theodoulou congratulated the staff and volunteers at Gloucestershire Archives for raising an additional £173,000 towards the ‘For the Record Project’.  

 

Cllr Theodoulou acknowledged that the current areas of major revenue risk related to the care and safe-guarding of the most vulnerable children and adults within the community. Cllr Paul McLain reinforced this statement, adding that these demand-led budget areas were subject to significant volatility due to the increased numbers of children and young adults requiring care. Referring to changes to the capital programme, (namely, the proposal to update the council’s telephony system), Cllr McLain highlighted the importance of this service in administering calls from children at risk.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1.    Note the forecast revenue year end position, as at the end of July 2016 for the 2016/17 financial year,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Quarterly Strategic Performance Report 2016/17: Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To provide Cabinet with strategic oversight of the Council’s performance during 2016/17.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Leader of Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, provided an overview of the Council’s performance during Quarter 1 of the 2016/17 financial year. 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Endorse the performance report;

 

2)    Note the progress being made in tracking council priority outcomes; and,

 

3)    Support the actions being taken to address areas of concern

Minutes:

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, presented the Strategic Performance Report, outlining the Council’s performance for the first quarter of 2016/17 to the end of June 2016. 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet 

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Endorse the performance report;

 

2)    Note the progress being made in tracking council priority outcomes; and,

 

3)    Support the actions being taken to address areas of concern

11.

Schedule of Proposed Disposals pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To approve the Schedule of Disposals proposed to deliver the three year Meeting The Challenge 2 Targets.

 

Please note: this report contains exempt and non-exempt information. If cabinet members wish to discuss the exempt information contained in the appendices to the published report, consideration must first be given to whether the public should be excluded from the meeting by passing the following resolution: -

 

In accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, the public to be excluded from the meeting for this item of business because it is likely that, if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 A to the Act, and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information to the public.

 

Decision:

Councillor Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, sought to approve the Schedule of Disposals proposed to deliver the council’s ‘Meeting the Challenge 2’ capital receipt target of £60 million covering the period 2015/16 to 2017/18. 

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals and reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and, 

 

RESOLVED to: - 

 

  1. Confirm that those sites described at (Exempt) Appendix A of the published report, which had previously been declared surplus by Cabinet in February 2016 and not yet been disposed of, continue to be declared surplus to requirements, and

 

  1. Declare that the sites listed on the proposed Schedule of Disposals at (Exempt) Appendix B of the published report be approved as surplus to the Council’s land and property requirements, and

 

In relation to both schedules, Cabinet to delegate authority to the Head of Property Services to dispose of the sites in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change.

 

Prior to the discussion, members were advised that, should Cabinet wish to discuss the contents of the exempt information at the meeting, (Appendices A and B), consideration would need to be given as to whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting in accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012. Cabinet agreed to consider the item without reference to the exempt information at Appendices A and B.

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, sought to approve two Schedule of Disposals.

 

The first, listed at Appendix A, (exempt information), referred to the disposal of sites already approved by Cabinet in February 2016. Cabinet was asked to approve these sites as ‘sites not yet disposed of’ but remaining surplus to requirement. The second schedule, listed at Appendix B, (exempt information), detailed the new Schedule of Disposals, detailing the sites identified by the Property Board as surplus to requirement.

 

Approval of both schedules, and declaration of the sites as surplus to requirement, aim to assist the council deliver it’s three year ‘Meeting the Challenge 2’ capital receipt target of £60 million, covering the period 2015/16 to 2017/18.

 

Cllr Theodoulou informed members that progress to date was good and that the council was currently on track in meeting the £60 million target.

 

In line with the Policy for the Disposal of Property, and having considered all of the information, including known proposals and the reasons for the recommendations,

 

CABINET RESOLVED to: - 

 

1.    Confirm that those sites described at (Exempt) Appendix A of the published report, which had previously been declared surplus by Cabinet in February 2016 and not yet been disposed of, continue to be declared surplus to requirements, and

 

2.    Declare that the sites listed on the proposed Schedule of Disposals at (Exempt) Appendix B of the published report be approved as surplus to the Council’s land and property requirements, and

 

In relation to both schedules, Cabinet to delegate authority to the Head of Property Services to dispose of the sites in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change.

 

Prior to the discussion, members were advised that, should Cabinet wish to discuss the contents of the exempt information at the meeting, (Appendices A and B), consideration would need to be given as to whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting in accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012. Cabinet considered the item without reference to the exempt information included in Appendices A and B.