In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:
1. Approve the time extensions requested by Gigaclear in respect of the following two existing regional contracts for the delivery of broadband infrastructure between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council and Gigaclear that were awarded as part of Stage 3 of the Fastershire delivery programme described in paragraph 4 in this report:
a) a 12-month extension (expiring December 2023) to the term of a contract relating to the provision of such services in the Gloucestershire west of the River Severn locality under Lots 2-3c thereof.
b) a 9-month extension (expiring June 2023) to the term of a contract relating to the provision of such services in the south Gloucestershire locality under Lot 3e thereof.
c) Approve the principles agreed by Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council described in paragraphs 7 to 15 in this report which provide the cornerstones of a Transition Agreement that will cover the voluntarily disengagement from the Fastershire project by both parties on the 31 March 2024.
d) Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Economy, Environment, and Infrastructure in consultation with the Leader of the Council to incorporate the above-mentioned principles into the Transition Agreement with Herefordshire Council. Once finalised such Transition Agreement will become supplemental to the existing Fastershire Partnership Agreement between Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
For the reasons set out in the report.