Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 7 March 2012 10.00 am

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

Contact: JANE CLEAVER 

Items
No. Item

Copies of any Equality/Community Impact Assessments prepared in relation to reports considered at this meeting were published on the web-site prior to the start of the meeting, and Cabinet members provided with an individual copy of each.

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February be approved as a correct record.

14.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

15.

Questions at Cabinet Meetings pdf icon PDF 85 KB

 

To answer any written and/or oral questions from a County Councillor or anyone living or working in the county, or who is affected by the work of the County Council, about matters which relates to any item on the agenda for this meeting.

 

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

The closing date/time for receipt of written questions is 6 pm on 1 March 2012.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Jane Cleaver.

 

An oral question may be asked by a member of the public if notice of the question is given to the person presiding or the Chief Executive’s representative by the questioner at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

 

(Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied 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 written or oral questions were received. 

 

Members Questions

 

A total of 7 written questions had been received relating to agenda item 5.  The questions and answers were taken as read.

 

Cllr Hilton asked the following supplementary questions and answers were given as indicated:

 

Question 2: It is clear from the figures given that a profit of £1.4m was made – what this used for?

 

Cllr Fellows answered:  This income is ring-fenced and therefore is only used for highways associated projects.  I will provide further information in writing.

 

Question 3: Have you information on the numbers of spaces used for residents parking schemes and businesses with time limited parking permits and whether, as my personal experience suggests, these schemes are causing parking to be displaced to other roads?

 

Cllr Fellows answered: I will look into this and respond in writing. 

 

 

16.

Report from Overview Scrutiny Management Committee pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To receive a report outlining the outcome of the call-in of the Cabinet decision regarding the Residual Waste Project

Minutes:

Cabinet received the report from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee on the call-in of the Cabinet decision regarding the Residual Waste project.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

17.

Future Of On Street Parking Arrangements pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To consider future arrangements for on street parking.

 

Decision:

1)    That the current Agency Agreements relating to Decriminalised Parking Enforcement and On Street Parking with each of the District, Borough and City Councils in Gloucestershire are brought to an end in accordance with the provisions of those Agreements.

2)    That officers are authorised to serve notice by 31st March 2012 on each of the District, Borough and City Councils in Gloucestershire giving at least 12 months’ notice ending the Agency Agreements in accordance with Recommendation 1.

3)    That officers liaise with each of the District, Borough and City Council’s and initiate a soft market testing exercise to identify the scope for improved efficiencies and customer service through alternative models for the provision of decriminalised parking enforcement services, including shared services and report back to Cabinet in the summer 2012 with recommendations for progressing a preferred option.

 

Minutes:

This report was introduced by Chas Fellows, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment.

 

In response to questions Mr Fellows confirmed that harmonisation of parking permit charges across the county was taking place.  However further consideration was required on how, in practical terms, the charges could then be frozen.

 

Having considered the information within the report, including the options highlighted, Cabinet,

 

Resolved

 

1)    That the current Agency Agreements relating to Decriminalised Parking Enforcement and On Street Parking with each of the District, Borough and City Councils in Gloucestershire are brought to an end in accordance with the provisions of those Agreements.

2)    That officers are authorised to serve notice by 31st March 2012 on each of the District, Borough and City Councils in Gloucestershire giving at least 12 months’ notice ending the Agency Agreements in accordance with Recommendation 1.

3)    That officers liaise with each of the District, Borough and City Councils and initiate a soft market testing exercise to identify the scope for improved efficiencies and customer service through alternative models for the provision of decriminalised parking enforcement services, including shared services and report back to Cabinet in the summer 2012 with recommendations for progressing a preferred option.

 

18.

Transfer of Traveller Site Ownership pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To agree the transfer of Traveller Site Ownership process

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That:

 

1.         agreement in principle is given to the transfer of the freehold ownership and management responsibility of the four Council Gypsy & Traveller Sites to a registered housing provider; and

 

2.      officers are authorised to undertake the necessary steps to develop the proposal further, including a full consideration of the Public Sector Equalities Duty.

Minutes:

Chas Fellows, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, introduced this report.

 

During his introduction Mr Fellows highlighted the consideration that had been given to the Authority’s public sector equality duties in the preparation of this report and its recommendations.  He also confirmed in response to questions that careful note had been taken of the results of the consultations with residents, who had clearly indicated their wish to continue to liaise with people with whom they were already familiar.  The proposals took this into account.

 

Having considered the information contained within the report including the options highlighted, Cabinet

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

1.         agreement in principle is given to the transfer of the freehold ownership and management responsibility of the four Council Gypsy & Traveller Sites to a registered housing provider; and

 

2.      officers are authorised to undertake the necessary steps to develop the proposal further, including a full consideration of the Public Sector Equalities Duty.

19.

Single Tender Negotiations for the award of 12 month contracts with Carers Organisations pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To seek Cabinet approval to conduct Single Tender Negotiations for the award of 12 month contracts with 17 Carers Organisations for a range of services across the county while a joint commissioning approach is developed with the Primary Care Trust in respect of future funding.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That Officers are authorised to:

 

1.  conduct and award by Single Tender Negotiation 12 month contracts with each of the 17 Carers Organisations identified in Annex A SUBJECT TO (where appropriate) rationalising the number of contracts, whilst preserving service range and delivery, such contracts to commence on the 1st April 2012

 

2. enter into negotiations with NHSG for the development of a Joint Carers Commissioning Strategy for the future provision and funding of carers services to be operative by April 2013.

 

Minutes:

Mr Gravells, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, introduced this report, and took the opportunity to publically record thanks on behalf of Cabinet to all carers in Gloucestershire. 

 

Having considered the information contained within the report including the options highlighted, Cabinet

 

Resolved

 

That Officers are authorised to:

 

1.  conduct and award by Single Tender Negotiation 12 month contracts with each of the 17 Carers Organisations identified in Annex A SUBJECT TO (where appropriate) rationalising the number of contracts, whilst preserving service range and delivery, such contracts to commence on the 1st April 2012

 

2. enter into negotiations with NHSG for the development of a Joint Carers Commissioning Strategy for the future provision and funding of carers services to be operative by April 2013.

 

20.

Strategic Monitoring report on the Council’s Performance for Quarter 3 of 2011/12. pdf icon PDF 444 KB

To provide Cabinet with strategic oversight of Council’s performance during the 3rd quarter of 2011/12.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

 That:

I. the performance report is endorsed;

II. the progress made in tracking council priority outcomes is noted; and

III. the actions being taken to address areas of concern supported.

 

Minutes:

This report was introduced by Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Council.

 

Having considered the information contained within the report, including the options highlighted, Cabinet

 

Resolved

 

 

That:

I. the performance report is endorsed;

II. the progress made in tracking council priority outcomes is noted; and

III. the actions being taken to address areas of concern supported.

 

21.

Gloucestershire’s Local Account for Adult Social Care Commissioned Services pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To approve Gloucestershire’s Local Account for Adult Social Care commissioned services for 2010/11 and the year to date.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That approval is given to Gloucestershire’s Local Account for publication.

 

Minutes:

Paul McLain, Deputy Leader, introduced this report, explaining that this was a pilot version which had allowed the Authority to test how best to achieve a good result.  Further work would be undertaken to ensure that the element of independent challenge was clear.

 

Having considered the information contained within the report together with the options highlighted, Cabinet

 

Resolved

 

That approval is given to Gloucestershire’s Local Account for publication.

 

22.

Sale of South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To agree a preferred bidder for the sale of South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre

Please note that this report contains exempt information (which is printed on pink paper) and non-exempt information. If Cabinet wish to discuss exempt information, consideration should first be given to whether the public should be excluded from the meeting by passing the following resolution:

That in accordance with Section 100 A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the business specified in item no. 6 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:

That approval is given to proceed with the sale process with the recommended bidder, as outlined in the report.

 

 

 [Following this decision the bidder was announced as Prospects Limited]

Minutes:

Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, introduced this report.

 

Mr Theodoulou confirmed that it had been necessary for the Authority to reduce the asking price to achieve a sale because of the restrictions place on the lease.

 

Having considered the information contained within the report including the options highlighted, Cabinet,

 

Resolved

 

That approval is given to proceed with the sale process with the recommended bidder, as outlined in the report.

 

Following this decision the bidder was announced as Prospects Limited.