Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 28th October, 2021 10.30 am

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CAB69/21

Apologies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Minutes:

There were no apologies.

CAB70/21

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 66 KB

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 before the meeting.

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Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests declared at the meeting.

CAB71/21

Notification of Persons wishing to speak pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.4, and which item(s) they wish to speak on.

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Minutes:

There were no Visiting Members who had registered as wishing to speak.

CAB72/21

Minutes of the meeting dated 23 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

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Minutes:

Members reviewed the minutes. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 23 September 2021 be approved as a correct record.

CAB73/21

Questions from Members of the Council pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any questions from members of the Council, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.3, to be submitted and answered.

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Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the Council.

CAB74/21

Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any questions from members of the public, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.5, to be submitted and answered.

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Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public.

CAB75/21

Consideration of the Forward Plan as at 27 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 290 KB

To note any forthcoming items as set out in the Forward Plan.

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Minutes:

Members considered the plan. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Forward Plan as at 27 September 2021 be noted.

CAB76/21

Budget Update Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 510 KB

To consider and decide on the recommendations as set out in the associated report.

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Decision:

RESOLVED – That Officers shall continue to work towards reducing the projected budget deficit in line with the Budget Strategy and report back in December with draft proposals prior to public consultation.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To enable Directors and Heads of Service to continue the service planning process and to help develop proposals with their respective Portfolio Holder(s) for savings, changes to service delivery and optimise income. 

Minutes:

Jane Fineman, Head of Finance, Procurement and Parking introduced the report as set out in the agenda.

 

Discussion and questions from Members included the following:

 

-       Projected income from car parks next year was expected to be down by £0.5m.  This was considerably better than during the height of the pandemic and it was hoped it would continue to improve. 

-       Requests for season ticket permits were also starting to improve. 

-       The new Pantiles car park was due to open in the next couple of weeks which would be an additional source of income. 

-       The presentation on benchmarking was very informative and well received. 

-       The proposed co working opportunity currently being investigated by the Council would offer a new source of income. 

 

RESOLVED – That Officers shall continue to work towards reducing the projected budget deficit in line with the Budget Strategy and report back in December with draft proposals prior to public consultation.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To enable Directors and Heads of Service to continue the service planning process and to help develop proposals with their respective Portfolio Holder(s) for savings, changes to service delivery and optimise income. 

CAB77/21

Draft Housing , Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021-2026 pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider and decide on the recommendations as set out in the associated report.

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Decision:

RESOLVED – That a six-week period of consultation be arranged for the draft Strategy be approved and the results reported to Cabinet on 17 March 2022 for adoption.

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: The consultation would ensure compliance with the requirements of the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy by engaging with partners to help inform the final version of the Strategy.

Minutes:

Sue Oliver, Private Sector Housing Manager introduced the report as set out in the agenda.

 

Discussion and questions from Members included the following:

 

-       The Housing Advisory Panel (HAP) and Cabinet Advisory Board (CAB) fully supported the document.

-       The Housing Team were congratulated for reducing rough sleeping from 20 in 2017 to 0 in 2020.  An achievement it was hoped would be repeated in 2021.

-       It was hoped the Council would end rough sleeping in the Borough in the next 5 years.

-       One property had been identified for an Afghan refugee family and it was understood that a family had now been nominated. 

-       The Council were continuing to work with private sector landlords to identify more suitable properties.  The possibility of using empty (suitable) properties would also be explored.

-       It might be possible to extend the consultation period to allow sufficient time for people to respond, especially if the consultation period covered a public holiday (e.g. Christmas). 

-       It was difficult to predict whether the number of rough sleepers would increase over the coming months but the Council’s outreach support would continue to ensure help was available.  The Council also now had the properties in Crescent Road (6 units of accommodation).

-       Following the Budget the Council would now have to wait to see what allocation it would be given as part of the Rough Sleepers Initiative. 

-       The longer term future of the remaining properties in Crescent Road was something the Council would be looking at but it any work would be subject to the availability of Government funding.

-       The inclusion of carbon reduction measures in the Strategy was very welcome.

 

 

RESOLVED – That a six-week period of consultation be arranged for the draft Strategy be approved and the results reported to Cabinet on 17 March 2022 for adoption.

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: The consultation would ensure compliance with the requirements of the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy by engaging with partners to help inform the final version of the Strategy.

CAB78/21

Declaration of an Air Quality Management Area - Hawkhurst pdf icon PDF 535 KB

To consider an decide on the recommendations as set out in the associated report.

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Decision:

RESOLVED –

1. That an Air Quality Management Area in Hawkhurst be declared and an Air Quality Management Area Order be issued, signed and sealed.

2. That over the next 12 months the Sustainability and Environmental Protection Teams develop an Air Quality Action Plan to include measures to tackle exceedance be approved and that this will primarily be done within existing budgets, but that specific actions within the plan may have additional associated costs. 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: Local Authorities are required to review and assess air quality within their areas and under those requirements have a duty to designate those areas where the air quality objectives are either not being met or are likely to be shown to be at risk of not being met. 

Minutes:

Stuart Maxwell, Senior Scientific Officer introduced the report as set out in the agenda.

 

Discussion and questions from Members included the following:

 

-       The objective that applied was mainly for residences, but also included schools and hospitals. It did not include businesses.   A higher objective would be applied to other categories e.g. pedestrians, cyclists etc. 

-       The objective was based on the time spent at the particular property/place.  The time spent in a residence would be considerably more than walking, shopping etc.  As such the objective for residences was much lower.

-       The junction suffered from a lot of congestion (exacerbated by on street parking).  Switching off engines while idling would help improve air quality in the area.

-       Junction improvement work would also help improve air quality.

-       Details of what would be included in the Action Plan were not yet known but the responsibility of many of them were likely to rest with Kent County Council.  It was therefore difficult to know the extent of any potential benefits.

 

RESOLVED –

1. That an Air Quality Management Area in Hawkhurst be declared and an Air Quality Management Area Order be issued, signed and sealed.

2. That over the next 12 months the Sustainability and Environmental Protection Teams develop an Air Quality Action Plan to include measures to tackle exceedance be approved and that this will primarily be done within existing budgets, but that specific actions within the plan may have additional associated costs. 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: Local Authorities are required to review and assess air quality within their areas and under those requirements have a duty to designate those areas where the air quality objectives are either not being met or are likely to be shown to be at risk of not being met. 

CAB79/21

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

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Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

CAB80/21

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Thursday 18 November at 12:00pm.

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Minutes:

The next meeting would be held on Thursday 18 November 2021 commencing at 12:00pm in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells.