Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 6th August, 2015 10.30 am

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Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

Contact: Mark O'Callaghan  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

CAB33/15

Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

CAB34/15

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest by Members in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

CAB35/15

Notification of Visiting Members wishing to speak

Members should indicate which item(s) they wish to speak on and the nature of their concern/question/request for clarification (in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 27.4).

Minutes:

Councillor David Scott had registered to speak on Minute Item CAB43/15.

CAB36/15

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting dated 25 June 2015

Minutes:

There were no amendments proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 25 June 2015 be approved as a correct record.

CAB37/15

Questions from Members of the Council

(in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 27.3).

Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the Council.

CAB38/15

Questions from Members of the Public

(in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 27.5)

Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public.

CAB39/15

Consideration of Notice of Intent to Make Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 326 KB

Minutes:

Members considered the report. Councillor March notified Members that the Communities Cabinet Advisory Board would consider the Town Centre Partnership at its meeting on 7 October 2015, and not on 26 August 2015 as first arranged.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

CAB40/15

Property Transactions Report January - June 2015 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

To comply with the Constitution.

Minutes:

Diane Brady, Property and Development Manager, introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         6 monthly recurring report for information detailing the property transactions completed under delegated authority, this report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2015.

·         Of the seven properties which had been disposed of, four were transferred to parish councils and three were sold at auction.

·         All properties were identified as non-performing in Appendix 4 of the Asset Management Plan.

·         16 new lease renewals were granted.

·         28 rents were reviewed in line with the Retail Prices Index.

·         Other transactions included:

o   Surrenders of leases.

o   Licence applications for change of use.

o   Receipt of a claw-back from a previously owned property recently sold at auction.

 

Councillor Barrington-King noted that the Finance and Governance Cabinet Advisory Board was supportive of the report.

 

Councillor Weatherly commented that she was particularly pleased with the project at Showfields Community Hall, as well as the hard work of the volunteers, as the Council had helped to facilitate it.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, invited further comments and questions. There being none, Members were asked if the recommendations were agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

1.      To inform Cabinet

 

2.      To comply with the Constitution.

CAB41/15

Proposed Disposal of Red Oak Hawkhurst pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

See item 20 below.

Minutes:

Parish Councillor Colin Williamson had registered to speak on behalf of Hawkhurst Parish Council.

 

Parish Councillor Williamson noted that Hawkhurst Parish Council wished the Cabinet to consider two factors: a) the occupancy of the proposed affordable housing, and b) the housing mix thereof. The Parish Council understood Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s intention to dispose of non-performing sites and have affordable housing provided on this site, but argued that they needed to strengthen nomination rights for those with a housing need and a connection to Hawkhurst. Parish Councillor Williamson warned that many rural areas were becoming ‘pensioner pockets’, and that affordable housing was vital to encourage young people to continue living in villages and to allow local workers of all ages to live where they worked, which would in turn contribute to the economic viability of villages through the continued use of shops, schools, post offices and public houses. Parish Councillor Williamson noted that a stipulation which applied to houses at Gunther Close, Hawkhurst ensured that the homes were available in perpetuity for those with a connection to Hawkhurst and the Parish Council would like to see the same stipulation in the new proposals at Red Oak. Parish Councillor Williamson stated that Hawkhurst Parish Council would like the composition of houses to include more one-bedroom properties and fewer three-bedroom properties than currently planned, in order to better reflect the needs of local people.

 

Councillor Jukes confirmed that he agreed with making provision for local people to live locally, but believed that there should be two-bedroom and three-bedroom properties to encourage families to live in these houses as well. Councillor Jukes asked whether a provision that would give preference to local people could be put in place.

 

Diane Brady, Property and Development Manager, confirmed that she would try to put this provision in place, but that its implementation could be subject to legal constraints.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, announced that because the remaining information to be discussed in this item was commercially sensitive, it was exempt from public observation, and would be discussed in the exempt part of the meeting.

CAB42/15

Planning Support Shared Service Update pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That it be agreed “in principle” that the Planning Support service be brought back in-house;

 

2.    That the Finance Director be delegated authority to conclude negotiations with Maidstone and Swale Borough Councils to enable Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to exit the shared service collaboration agreement, and to reimburse any direct financial consequences of this Council leaving the agreement;

 

3.    That a virement of up to £150,000 from the Invest to Save Reserve to establish an in-house Planning Support service be agreed; and

 

4.    That it be acknowledged that no changes to the current Planning Support service can be implemented without the agreement of Maidstone and Swale Borough Councils.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

The Council needed to provide a Planning Support service which met the expectations of the Council and stakeholders, and, for the reasons set out in the report, the best prospect for achieving this would be to re-establish a standalone in-house service.

Minutes:

Lee Colyer, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         The original business case that was presented in June 2013 to gauge the expectations of the service had been reviewed.

·         The joint service had not been as cost-effective as expected with regard to cost savings and performance levels.

·         Meetings with Maidstone Borough Council and Swale Borough Council had been completed to set up a project board that could bring the Planning Support Shared Service back to Tunbridge Wells.

·         The Mid-Kent Partnerships in other services were performing well and delivered in terms of cost effectiveness and performance.

·         Any decision made should be based on evidence and tables on pages 24 and 25 of the report illustrated the performance levels of the Planning Support Service.

·         Customers and councils had expressed disappointment in the quality of service received, and there had been an impact on the planning decision-making process as a result.

·         As the performance indicators were statutory, the Council had to maintain the performance to the standard expected by the public. Planning officers had been working hard, but it was not considered that this improvement would be sustainable in the long-term, and the service cost more than expected.

·         Costs of the shared service had been higher than expected and anticipated savings had not been realised.

·         By bringing the service back in-house the Council would benefit from improvements in processes, IT and collective working between teams.

·         One-off implementation costs of £150,000 would be off-set by recurring revenue savings of £94,000 per year.

·         Negotiations between the three councils had been amicable and it was acknowledged that the disaggregation could not happen without their agreement.

·         It would be more difficult to control this service in the Partnership than it would be in-house, and hence recommended that Cabinet supported the transfer of the service back to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

 

Councillor McDermott advised that the report was supported by the Cabinet Advisory Board meeting on 13 July 2015, and that he supported the recommendations again now.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, invited further comments and questions. There being none, Members were asked whether the recommendation were agreed.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That it be agreed “in principle” that the Planning Support Service be brought back in-house;

 

2.    That the Finance Director be given delegated authority to conclude negotiations with Maidstone and Swale Borough Councils to enable Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to exit the shared service collaboration agreement, and to reimburse any direct financial consequences of this Council leaving the agreement;

 

3.    That a virement of up to £150,000 from the Invest to Save Reserve to establish an in-house Planning Support service be agreed; and

 

4.    That it be acknowledged that no changes to the current Planning Support Service can be implemented without the agreement of Maidstone and Swale Borough Councils.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

The Council needed to provide a Planning Support Service which met the expectations of the Council and stakeholders, and, for the reasons set out in the report, the best  ...  view the full minutes text for item CAB42/15

CAB43/15

Borough Transport Strategy pdf icon PDF 179 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Transportation Strategy be adopted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

To address current transport issues, support the delivery of the Local Plan and to assist in making funding bids and negotiating with partners for further investment in our transport infrastructure.

Minutes:

Paul Mason had registered to speak on behalf of Tunbridge Wells Bicycle Users’ Group and the campaign group Twenty’s Plenty.

 

Mr Mason stated that he supported the transport and cycling plans proposed, and thanked Hilary Smith, Economic Development Manager, and Bartholomew Wren, Economic Development Officer, for the work completed. Mr Mason noted that in the space taken by a single car there could be seven bicycles and, as such, bicycles were the ‘silver bullet’ for ending congestion in Tunbridge Wells. The strategy highlighted that 70 per cent of journeys made in the Borough and country were under five miles; these tended to be local journeys across or into town. Hills were not too much of a problem in the area as the main arterial roads into Tunbridge Wells, including the Pembury, Langton and St John’s roads, were all relatively flat. A journey from Pembury in the west to Rusthall in the east was possible without any significant hills. Mr Mason commented that a third of journeys in Tunbridge Wells in the 1950s had been made by bike and that geography had not changed since then, so it was a matter of changing attitudes and infrastructure. Mr Mason acknowledged that it would take time to establish safe and segregated cycle paths, and so while that was being developed, he recommended that the speed limit be reduced to 20 miles per hour (mph) where appropriate to help protect cycle users when sharing the road with vehicles. In the time it takes a vehicle travelling at 20mph to stop, a vehicle travelling at 30mph would still be doing 22mph. If the strategy was approved today and implemented it would ensure that Tunbridge Wells was leading the way in transport infrastructure.

 

Councillor David Scott had registered to speak.

 

Councillor Scott discussed some proposed amendments to the strategy which were intended to capture the sentiment that was stated at the Planning and Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board and the Joint Transportation Board. The proposals emphasised how choice was important for all road users. Bold and new solutions should therefore be brought forward, but that the Cycling Strategy and Twenty’s Plenty campaign were part of this. Councillor Scott confirmed a report would be presented later in the year regarding these issues. Councillor Scott then explained that safety had to be the main priority in the report. The example was given that the construction industry had been accepted as an inherently dangerous industry to work in but that industry leaders had chosen to make safety the number one priority. Within thirty years the industry was now considered to be relatively safe. The same could be achieved in transport. Councillor Scott felt that safety should be the overall priority and that it should be reflected in the strategy document.

 

Hilary Smith, Economic Development Manager, introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         The strategy was a joint document between Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council, the highway authority, and formed part of the evidence base to support  ...  view the full minutes text for item CAB43/15

CAB44/15

Draft Borough Cycling Strategy 2015-20 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Strategy be approved for consultation.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

To promote cycling and support the delivery of a network of high quality cycle routes within the urban areas of the Borough. The Strategy will be a tool to deliver the vision and objectives set out in the Borough Transportation Strategy.

Minutes:

Bartholomew Wren, Economic Development Officer, introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         The strategy was prepared in partnership with Kent County Council and Tunbridge Wells Cycling Forum.

·         The Cycling Strategy, whilst separate from the Transport Strategy, was an integral tool in supporting the delivery of the Transport Strategy objectives.

·         The strategy set out a vision for cycling in Tunbridge Wells and identified the benefits of a network of key cycle routes, provision of cycle parking, cycling training and safety initiatives.

·         Implementation of the route proposals and other actions had the potential to positively improve the quality of life for local people, alleviate congestion and provide active and sustainable alternative transport modes.

·         Authority was now sought for publication of the consultation to commence in September 2015.

 

Councillor Jukes commented that several of the proposed routes posed challenges to casual cyclists and may not be suitable for all.

 

Councillor Barrington-King noted that both he and Councillor McDermott attended a recent meeting held at Skinners’ School at which a compelling argument was made for greater cycling infrastructure, a concept that the Borough Council supported. Councillor Barrington-King made the point that following a decline in the past few decades, cycling was becoming more popular and therefore the Council had a responsibility to facilitate it. It was good to reduce congestion by looking at integrated solutions, whereby people would take fewer car journeys in favour of cycling, and he emphasised that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council could take a lead nationally in this matter.

 

Councillor McDermott expressed his thanks to those who had been involved in the preparation of the strategy and noted support for the recommendation.

 

Councillor Jukes emphasised that the strategy was draft for consultation and it was expected that there would be some amendment. Further comments and questions were invited. There being none, Members were asked whether the recommendation was agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Draft Borough Cycling Strategy be approved for consultation.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

To promote cycling and support the delivery of a network of high quality cycle routes within the urban areas of the Borough. The Strategy will be a tool to deliver the vision and objectives set out in the Borough Transport Strategy.

CAB45/15

Mind the Gap Health Inequalities Action Plan 2015-2019 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the ‘Mind The Gap’ Health Inequalities Action Plan 2015-19 be adopted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

In line with countywide public health responsibilities, this plan demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with local stakeholders to improve health outcomes for people living and working in Tunbridge Wells, by having a greater understanding of local needs and services available to help achieve our priorities.

Minutes:

Councillor Weatherly introduced the report and thanked all of the individuals who took part in developing it.

 

Sarah Richards, Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinator, added the following comments:

·         Development of the Plan started with partners from across health and social care coming together to identify all the health care provision in Tunbridge Wells.

·         It was important to develop a local plan that would focus on the specific needs of Tunbridge Wells, in addition to Kent as a whole as outlined in Kent County Council’s Mind the Gap plan.

·         The Heath Team was supported by a devolved budget from Kent County Council which enabled the team to work in the community and rural areas. It also formed the leading part of the Heath Action Team which coordinated partners from Planning, Housing, Community Safety and externally that delivered services in Tunbridge Wells.

 

Mrs Richards then explained each of the six health inequalities which included the following comments:

·         Self Harm – which supported the Government’s plans to reduce suicide.

o   Rates were significantly higher in Tunbridge Wells than the England average.

o   Not necessarily linked to disadvantage as also affected affluent areas.

o   Working with partners to deliver a targeted programme in schools.

·         Winter deaths

o   Anticipating a rise in the population aged over 65 years.

o   Older people were more susceptible due to social isolation and reduced mobility.

o   High proportion of owner-occupancy houses in Tunbridge Wells which are less efficient to heat.

·         Falls

o   Linked to age.

o   Higher levels in Tunbridge Wells than England average.

·         Obesity

o   The team was delivering a number of adult and family weight management plans.

o   Rates of child obesity doubled between the ages of 5 and 11 which lead to further problems into adulthood.

·         Smoking

o   The leading cause of preventable death and disease.

o   Numbers of smokers had increased since 2010.

·         Alcohol related harm

o   The Community Safety Strategic Plan had a number of initiatives to reduce hospital admissions and other problems.

 

Mrs Richards confirmed that the Health Inequalities Action Plan both identified and gave the rationale behind each of the health priorities and set out the actions to tackle them. Progress would be monitored by the Health Action Team, chaired by Councillor Weatherly and supported by the Health Team.

 

Councillor Jukes highlighted how the high prevalence of alcohol in the Culverden ward, as identified in the report, could have been explained due to the fact that the area, encompassing the centre of the town, had a high density of public houses and bars. Mrs Richards agreed to amend the report to provide an explanation for this particular figure.

 

Councillor March advised that the Plan had been seen by the Communities Cabinet Advisory Board twice, and Mrs Richards had made the necessary amendments, which demonstrated the time and care that had been taken over it. The document was now strongly supported.

 

Councillor Barrington-King agreed, and thanked everyone for their work on it.

 

Councillor Jukes asked whether the Cabinet should approve or adopt the Plan. Councillor  ...  view the full minutes text for item CAB45/15

CAB46/15

Additional Litter and Dog Fouling Enforcement pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the continued use of additional enforcement officers to patrol the Borough to deter litter and dog fouling and issue Fixed Penalty Notices for environmental offences be approved; and

 

2.    That the Head of Environment and Street Scene be authorised to enter in to a two year contract, with an option of a two year extension, with the preferred bidder identified in the exempt appendix to the report to provide additional enforcement officers.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

To target those responsible for littering and dog fouling across the Borough and award the contract in accordance with Contract Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

Councillor Dr Basu noted, in advance of the several reports within his portfolio, the work of the officers and his predecessor, Councillor Barrington-King, in making the subject of the reports such a success.

 

Councillor Dr Basu introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         The report proposed to continue with the provision of extra capacity to conduct street patrols to deter littering and owners not clearing up after their dogs.

·         The enforcement trial with Kingdom Security had been proven a success at no extra cost to the tax payer.

·         There had been behavioural change observed since the start of the trial.

·         The Communities Cabinet Advisory Board considered the matter at their meeting on 15 July 2015 and supported the recommendations.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, reminded Members that the detail of the contractual arrangements were contained within the exempt papers and so should only be discussed in exempt session. Comments and questions were invited. There being none, Members were asked whether the recommendations were agreed without the need for exempt session.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the continued use of additional enforcement officers to patrol the Borough to deter litter and dog fouling and issue Fixed Penalty Notices for environmental offences be approved; and

 

2.    That the Head of Environment and Street Scene be authorised to enter in to a two year contract, with an option of a two year extension, with the preferred bidder identified in the exempt appendix to the report to provide additional enforcement officers.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

To target those responsible for littering and dog fouling across the Borough and award the contract in accordance with Contract Procedure Rules.

CAB47/15

Tunbridge Wells Car Club Expansion pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the contract between Co-wheels and the Council be extended by 2 years to September 2017, to include:

a.    Allocation of existing and new car club bays to Co-wheels until 1st September 2017.

b.    Continue with Council Corporate membership enabling employees to continue to use the vehicles for business travel.

 

2.    That the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) for the two existing bays are converted into permanent TRO;

 

3.    That the car club be expanded to include up to 5 new vehicles and bays through phased implementation depending on demand and consensus from stakeholders;

 

4.    That the existing bay outside the Town Hall be relocated to the opposite end of this row of parking spaces;

 

5.    That the electric vehicle lease be extended to 30 September 2016; and

 

6.    That the contract documents are developed to allow for competitive procurement and new contracts to be implemented from September 2017.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

To agree to the extension of the car club and support its provision.

Minutes:

Councillor Dr Basu introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         With section 106 funding and cooperation with Co-Wheels, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council had successfully introduced Car Club which allowed people to book a car on a short term basis, reducing the need for car ownership.

·         The Car Club pilot scheme in Tunbridge Wells had been very successful, with monthly utilisation at double the expected rate.

·         Expansion of the club was supported by the Town Forum and several parish councils who wished to see the scheme brought to the villages.

·         The report sought to extend the contract with Co-Wheel for a further two years and provide an additional five cars.

·         The report was considered by the Communities Cabinet Advisory Board at its meeting on 15 July 2015 who supported the recommendations.

 

Councillor Barrington-King thanked Councillor Dr Basu for adopting the scheme and moving it forward, along with the officers, who had been vindicated despite doubts from previous elected members. He added that this start-up was one of the most successful in the UK.


Councillor Dr Basu clarified a question which had been raised at the Communities Cabinet Advisory Board meeting regarding the cost of parking bays in the scheme and confirmed that this use was not costing the Council money.

 

Councillor Jukes commented that one of the Car Club vehicles was an electric car; this and the scheme as a whole contributed to the Council’s green credentials.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, noted that details of the contract extension were contained in the exempt papers and should not be discussed in public session. There being no further questions, Members were asked whether the recommendations were agreed without the need for exempt session.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the contract between Co-wheels and the Council be extended by two years to September 2017, to include:

a.    Allocation of existing and new car club bays to Co-wheels until 1 September 2017.

b.    Continuation with Council corporate membership enabling employees to continue to use the vehicles for business travel.

 

2.    That the Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) for the two existing bays are converted into permanent TROs;

 

3.    That the car club be expanded to include up to five new vehicles and bays through phased implementation depending on demand and consensus from stakeholders;

 

4.    That the existing bay outside the Town Hall be relocated to the opposite end of this row of parking spaces;

 

5.    That the electric vehicle lease be extended to 30 September 2016; and

 

6.    That the contract documents are developed to allow for competitive procurement and new contracts to be implemented from September 2017.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS:

 

To agree to the extension of the car club and support its provision.

CAB48/15

Review and Update of Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the revised Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy be adopted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

The proposed updated strategy provides a realistic approach to implementing the Council’s duties in respect of contaminated land, seeks to enable those affected to address their own issues and updates the statutory guidance.

Minutes:

Councillor Dr Basu introduced the report which included the following comments:

·         The current Strategy, approved in 2008, needed to be updated in line with statutory guidance.

·         The new Strategy took account of the financial and other resource constraints the Council is faced with now and provided flexibility for the future.

·         There were no new financial burdens on the Council.

·         The Communities Cabinet Advisory Board was consulted on 15 July 2015 and the Board supported the recommendations.

·         The report demonstrated that the Council had been proactive since 2008 to find places that needed to be checked for contamination.

 

Duncan Haynes, Environmental Protection Team Leader, added that the new strategy was shorter and more concise than the last one and would allow the Council to respond more rationally to situations as they arose.

 

Councillor Barrington-King said that he was impressed with the diligence and the hard work that Mr Haynes and the team had put into responding to contamination sites in the Borough, and that they handled these with extreme professionalism and diplomacy.

 

Councillor March commented that the Strategy would give the residents of Tunbridge Wells confidence in how the Council dealt with contaminated land in the Borough.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Jukes, invited further comments and questions. There being none, Members were asked whether the recommendation was agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That the revised Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy be adopted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

The proposed updated Strategy provides a realistic approach to implementing the Council’s duties in respect of contaminated land, seeks to enable those affected to address their own issues and updates the statutory guidance.

 

CAB49/15

Urgent Business

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

CAB50/15

Date of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting would be held on Thursday 17 September 2015, at 10.30am in Committee Room A, Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.

EXEMPT ITEM

 

RESOLVED – That, pursuant to section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the paragraph shown below.

 

Paragraph (3) – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

CAB51/15

Property Disposal of Red Oak Hawkhurst - EXEMPT Appendix C

Minutes:

Councillor Jukes explained to Members the reasons for commercial sensitivity.

 

Diane Brady, Property and Development Manager, gave an update on the tendering process.

 

Members discussed the need for affordable housing and the proposed housing mix.

 

It was noted that Members could be confident the matter was being closely monitored and proposed that a requirement to obtain an independent valuation be added to the recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That the s151 Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be authorised to accept a suitable offer from the Registered Social Landlord as identified in the report and to conclude the sale after an independent valuation.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

1.    To deliver the asset management strategy stated in the Asset Management Plan; and

 

2.    To assist in the provision of affordable housing within the Borough.