Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Friday 20 December 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jo Moore 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019 (minutes attached).

3.

Declarations of Interest

To  declare any pecuniary or personal interests relating to specific matters on the agenda.

 

Please see information note (1) at the end of the agenda

 

4.

Questions at Cabinet Meetings pdf icon PDF 100 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 is 4.00 pm on Monday 16 December 2019.

 

Please submit questions to Jo Moore, Democratic Services, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TG or to jo.moore@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

A written answer will be provided for each written question and published on the  council website. The questions and answers will be taken as read and need not be read out at the meeting. At the discretion of the Leader of Council, each questioner will be allowed to ask a supplementary question in response to the answer given to the original question. If the Cabinet member is unable to provide a response, a written response will be provided after the meeting.

 

A copy of all written questions and answers will be attached to the signed copy of the minutes of the meeting.

 

Urgent questions

 

An urgent written question may be asked by a member of the public about any item on the Cabinet agenda for that meeting which the Chairperson considers could not have been reasonably submitted by the deadline for the receipt of written questions, provided he or she gives notice of the question to the Chief Executive by 12 noon the day before the meeting.

Additional documents:

5.

Cheltenham Transport Plan Phase 4 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider a recommendation from the Traffic Regulation Committee, (made at the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019), in respect of Phase 4 of the Cheltenham Transport Plan. Cabinet will be asked to make or abandon the experimental traffic regulation orders for this scheme.

 

Please refer to the link below to view the documents published with the agenda for the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019.

 

https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=268&MId=9586&Ver=4

 

Notification of the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting decision will be published on the Gloucestershire County Council website prior to the Cabinet meeting.   

 

Please refer to the link below to view the final report (including recommendations) of the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019.

 

https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/b16344/Traffic%20Regulation%20Committee%20Report%2016%20December%202019%20Friday%2020-Dec-2019%2010.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=9

 

The report was published as a supplementary report to the agenda on 18 December 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

At the Traffic Regulation Committee meeting on 16 December 2019, the committee was asked to consider the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) relating to Phase 4 of Cheltenham Transport Plan, (trial restriction of Clarence Street “Boots Corner”), and make a recommendation to Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet.

 

Vice Chairman of the Traffic Regulation (TR) Committee, Cllr Alan Preest, presented the final report of the Committee, (including recommendations), from the TR Committee meeting held on 16 December 2019.

 

Cllr Preest confirmed that the committee had considered the evidence made available to them, including all of the representations received in response to the final version of the ETROs, and had

 

RESOLVED to recommend that the Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet: -

 

Abandon the current Phase 4 Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) and revert back to the permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) which had been in place immediately prior to the Phase 4 trial.

 

The Committee also RESOLVED to: - 

 

Recommend that, whether or not Cabinet agreed to abandon the Phase 4 ETROs and revert back to the permanent TROs, Cabinet should note that:

 

Ø  Capital investment is needed to improve the sequence of the traffic signals on the town centre ring road to make the routes more useable.

 

Ø  Clearer strategic route signage is needed throughout the town centre, to enable motorists to navigate their way around effectively.

 

Ø  Action needs to be undertaken on addressing the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles at various points in the town centre.

 

Cabinet considered the recommendation of the Traffic Regulation Committee and,  

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

1)    Abandon the amended versions of the ETROs for Phase 4 of the CTP;

2)    Delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner: Highway Authority to implement its decision;

3)    Commit to continuing to work with key stakeholders to improve transport and access in Cheltenham Town Centre.

 

Where the need to implement a decision so urgently pre-implementation review of the decision is not appropriate, the Council’s Constitution allows for the decision to be implemented urgently without imposing a call-in period. (To do so, the Chair of Council and the Chair of the relevant Scrutiny Committee, must confirm that it is necessary to implement the decision immediately). 

 

In accordance with paragraph 7.2 of the cabinet decision report for this decision, Cllr Ray Theodoulou, (Chair of Council), and Cllr Rob Bird, (Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee), agreed that the decision should be implemented immediately for the following reason: -     

 

The original CTP Phase 4 ETROs were implemented on 28 June 2018 for a period of no more than 18 months. The ETROs expire on 28 December 2019. Whatever the outcome of the Cabinet decision on 20 December 2019, the council’s 5 day call in procedure would restrict implementation of the decision until 1 January 2020, (following expiry of the ETROs).

 

The decision to abandon the amended versions of the ETROs for Phase 4 of the Cheltenham Transport Plan will therefore be implemented with immediate effect in  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.

6.

Financial Monitoring Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To receive an update on the year-end forecast for the 2019/20 County Council’s Revenue and Capital Budgets.

 

Decision:

Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, gave an update on the year end forecast for the 2019/20 County Council’s Revenue and Capital Budgets.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to: -

 

1.    Note the forecast revenue year end position as at the end of October 2019 (Period 7) for the 2019/20 financial year is a balance budget. This has been achieved as a result of the review of revenue reserves and in-year efficiencies authorised by Cabinet on 13 November 2019.

 

2.    Approve the transfers from reserves as detailed in the report of £2.001 million

 

3.    Note the forecast capital year end position as at the end of October 2019 of £108.696 million against the revised budget of £108.584.

 

4.    Approve the £4.628 million increase to the capital programme as outlined in Section D of the report.

 

 

 

 

7.

Medium Term Financial Strategy (For Publication and Consultation) 2020/21 to 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 274 KB

To consider the Draft Medium Term Financial Strategy as the basis for consultation and scrutiny prior to seeking final Cabinet approval on 29th January 2020 and as a recommendation to County Council on 12th February 2020.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, set out proposals relating to the detailed revenue and capital budget for 2020/21and the Medium Term Financial Strategy for the period 2020/21 to 2022/23.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve for consultation and scrutiny the proposed detailed revenue and capital budget for 2020/21 (including Dedicated Schools Grant which will also be considered by the Schools Forum) and the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2020/21 to 2022/23.

 

8.

Leading the response to the Climate Emergency: Gloucestershire Climate Change Strategy 2019/20 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider approval of the Draft Climate Change Strategy, including action plan and resource implications.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, presented the Draft Climate Change Strategy, including immediate action plan and resource implications for implementation of the strategy. 

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

1.    Approve the Immediate Action Plan and endorse the Climate Change Strategy (Annex 1);

2.    Adopt the Gloucestershire Climate Change manifesto (Figure 1) and seek the support of the council’s partners at Leadership Gloucestershire to join the county council’s commitment;

3.    Approve up to £90,000 in-year investment to cover the costs of developing and implementing the strategy and for the staffing and green electricity proposals, from the 2019/20 existing corporate budget;

4.    Subject to the Council approving the £1million Climate Change and Air Quality ‘Action Fund’, to delegate authority to the Director for Economy, Environment & Infrastructure to determine how the Fund will be used to support delivery of the Climate Change Strategy, in consultation with the:

 

a)    Cabinet Members for Environment & Planning; Finance & Change; Public Health & Communities; and the

b)    Directors of Finance ; Public Health

 

5.    Note the findings from the public consultation and the feedback from the Gloucestershire Youth Climate Panel (Annex 2)

9.

Concessionary Travel Scheme - Operator Reimbursement pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider approval of a 3 year Concessionary Travel Scheme with Stagecoach West Ltd.

 

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, sought consent to negotiate and enter into a three year fixed rate agreement with Stagecoach West Ltd.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner – Communities and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, to:

 

1.    Negotiate the terms of a 3 year fixed rate agreement with Stagecoach West Ltd, commencing on 1 April 2020, under which Stagecoach shall receive the statutory reimbursement of  fares that would otherwise be payable in respect of passengers it carries holding an English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENTCS) pass; and

 

2.    Enter into such agreement provided the above-mentioned negotiations are successful, meets core requirements and is within budget.

10.

Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2019 - 2022 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To approve the revised Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2019 – 2022.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, gave an update on the Fastershire Broadband Strategy and the future deployment of high speed broadband for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to 2022.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

1.    Approve the revised Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2019 – 2022;

 

2.    Delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner – Strategic Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills to:

 

2.1   Approve the approach and criteria under Stage 5 of the revised Strategy, to establish a Fastershire Community Broadband Grant, that will be delivered via a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and;

 

2.2   Conduct a competitive procurement process for Community Broadband grants based on the criteria set out in 2.1 and award such contract (s) in accordance with the Dynamic Purchasing System established through the joint Partnership Agreement between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council.

11.

Waste Collection Authority Incentive Payments pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To support proposals relating to the new residual waste reduction incentive agreements with district councils. The agreements replace existing Food Waste Collection and Delivery Arrangements.

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, presented proposals relating to new residual waste reduction incentive arrangements for discussion with district councils. The arrangements to replace existing Food Waste Collection and Delivery Arrangements.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

1. Support the agreement of new Residual Waste Reduction Incentive Arrangements with each of the Waste Collection Authorities on the basis described in section 2 of the decision report, with a view to ensuring that the reduction of residual waste in Gloucestershire continues to be prioritised and supported; and

 

2. Delegate authority to the Head of Joint Waste Management, in consultation with the Chief Executive, to enter into new residual waste reduction incentive agreements with Waste Collection Authorities from July 2020 under which the authorities will be incentivised to reduce waste through the provision of waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives.

 

 

 

12.

Proposals for partnership working and future governance arrangements between Gloucestershire Waste Disposal and Collection Authorities pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the formation of a new Gloucestershire Resources and Waste Partnership. 

 

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, proposed the formation of a Gloucestershire Resources and Waste Partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and the 6 district councils of Gloucestershire.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

  1. Authorise the formation of a new Gloucestershire Resources and Waste Partnership between Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and the 6 district councils of Gloucestershire; and

 

  1. Delegate authority to the Head of Joint Waste Management in consultation with the Cabinet Member: Environment and Planning and the Chief Executive to agree and approve the Terms of Reference for the Partnership.  

 

 

13.

Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan Review - Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To approve the Draft Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan for consultation.

 

To view the Draft Local Transport Plan Document (Appendix A) and supporting consultation material (Appendices C and D), please go to the password protected webpage at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/dltp2019and insert the following information:

 

Name: dltp2019

Password: Draft_LTP2019

 

Consultation material for approval:

Draft Local Transport Plan (draft for consultation) Appendix A

Draft Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) Appraisal/Appendices Appendix C

Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Appendix D

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, sought approval of the Draft Local Transport Plan (LTP) Consultation Document, (Appendix A of the report), and consent to commence public consultation in January 2020.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve commencement of a public consultation on the Draft Local Transport Plan (LTP) Consultation Document, (Appendix A of the report),along with the associated documents, to run between 16 January and 26 March 2020.

 

 

14.

Lydney Coastal Community Fund: Construction of a Highway Improvement Scheme (Authority to receive funds and proceed to contract procurement) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Cabinet to consider entering into a funding agreement with the Forest of Dean District Council in respect of the proposed Lydney Coastal Community Fund Highway Improvement Scheme.

Decision:

Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood, sought approval to enter into a funding agreement with the Forest of Dean District Council in respect of the Lydney Coastal Community Fund Highway Improvement Scheme.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Lead Commissioner; Highway Authority to:

 

1)    Enter into a funding agreement with Forest of Dean District Council under which Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) shall receive £1.5m by way of funding from the District Council to pay for a contract for works for the Lydney Coastal Community Fund Highway Improvement scheme described in this report (‘the Contract’);

 

2)    Permit the County Council to become the “Client” for the purposes of procuring the proposed Contract;

 

3)    Conduct a competitive procurement process for the Contract, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning,

 

4)    Award such contract to the successful tenderer.