Decisions Register

Use the search options below to find information regarding forthcoming decisions or recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s executive, including Cabinet and Portfolio Holders.

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Decisions published

29/07/2021 - Prevention of Engine Idling ref: 2606    Decision Made

A six month trial to tackle drivers who are stationary with their engines idling.  Officers would advise them of the illegality of their behaviour and its impact on the environment. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED: That a 6-month trial be undertaken to advise drivers of the illegality and the impact on the environment of an idling engine be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

To give the Council an opportunity to gain information into the scale of engine idling in the Borough.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Strachan


29/07/2021 - Property Transaction Report January to June 2021 ref: 2602    Decision Made

This report informs Cabinet of the property transactions completed under delegated authority between 1 January and 30 June 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.         

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To comply with the constitution.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Antoniades


29/07/2021 - Town Hall ref: 2605    Decision Made

The report outlines the reduced floorspace that the Council needs for its office operation going forward post pandemic. The report seeks a mandate to undertake procurement to appoint a partner to deliver co-working/office space in the Town Hall, alongside the Council requirement for a smaller office floorspace and deliver an income stream to the Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That a soft marketing and procurement exercise in respect of the Town Hall to secure a partner to deliver co-working space be approved.

2.    That the Head of Economic Development and Property in consultation with the S151 Officer and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be delegated to finalise the brief to undertake soft marketing and secure a partner to deliver co-working space be approved.

3.    That the Head of Economic Development and Property in consultation with the S151 Officer and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be delegated to engage with existing Town Hall tenants and other occupiers to negotiate and agree terms to vary and where required to surrender leases/licences to facilitate the development of co-working space be approved.

4.    That the Head of Mid Kent Legal Services be delegated authority to negotiate and complete all necessary deeds, leases, agreements and other legal documentation and formalities required to deliver the release and management of the Town Hall for co-working space be approved.

5.    That the S151 Officer in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be delegated the power to authorise a capital budget and allocation of appropriate resources to meet requirements in opening up the Town Hall to third party use be approved.

6.    That through appropriate carbon reduction and energy efficient measures the proposal ensures it contributes to the Council’s Corporate Carbon Descent Plan and Action Plan 2021-22.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

To develop and deliver a sustainable and cost effective use of the Town Hall. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Katie Exon


29/07/2021 - Lamberhurst Neighbourhood Plan ref: 2607    Decision Made

The Lamberhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan (LNDP) has been successful at examination, with the independent examiner recommending that the LNDP should proceed to referendum, subject to a number of recommended modifications. The report provides details of the process, with a recommended outcome to note the examiner’s report dated 7th May 2021 and the recommended amendments, agree the Decision Statement and progress the Lamberhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan to referendum.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the independent examiner’s Report on the Lamberhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan (LNDP) be noted and published.

2.    That the LNDP be modified in part, according to the examiner’s recommendations and following discussion with Lamberhurst Parish Council be approved.

3.    That the Decision Statement at Appendix C and the decision to progress the LNDP as set out at Appendix D to referendum be approved.

4.    That in the event the referendum result on the LNDP is positive with more than 50% of the vote, the Council formally makes the LNDP as set out in Appendix D so that it has effect as part of the statutory Development Plan for the Neighbourhood Area be approved.

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

Approved Neighbourhood Plans become part of the development plan for the Borough and are a key document in the determination of planning applications that allow the local community to take responsibility for land use planning in their area.

Wards affected: Goudhurst & Lamberhurst;

Lead officer: Deborah Dixon


29/07/2021 - Property Asset Programme ref: 2604    Decision Made

The report refers to the programme of asset review and disposal over the last eight years that has enabled the Council to develop and fund priorities to date.  Post pandemic a new programme of development and disposal of Council assets is required to replenish Council reserves and enable the development of current and future priority projects to be funded.  The report seeks mandate and initial budget to undertake this work.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED –

1.    To vire from the Capital and Revenue Initiatives Reserve the sum of £500,000 be used to establish a suitable budget for external consultancy services be approved.

2.    That the head of Economic Development and Property in consultation with the S151 Officer and the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be given authority to allocate funding to specific projects be approved.

3.    That the head of Economic Development and Property in consultation with the S151 Officer and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance be given authority to appoint external professional advisors to deliver specific projects be approved.

4.    That the establishment of a working group of Cabinet – the Property Asset Oversight Panel and associated terms of reference as detailed be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

To allow the delivery of capital receipts to support wider delivery of Council priorities and services. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: David Candlin


29/07/2021 - Annual Corporate Health and Safety Report ref: 2603    Decision Made

To note the contents of the report, along with the work undertaken to secure a safe and healthy working environment.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  1. That the contents of the report, along with the work undertaken to secure a safe and healthy working environment be noted.
  2. That the priorities for 2021/22 be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

To ensure that the Council continues to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and ensure that there is effective monitoring and review of health and safety management throughout the Council.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mike Catling


29/07/2021 - Budget Projection and Strategy 2022/23 ref: 2601    Decision Made

To consider proposals for the draft budget (Stage 1 of 4 in setting the forthcoming year’s budget).

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED –That work continues towards reducing the projected budget deficit in line with the Budget Strategy prior to the public consultation on the draft budget in December be approved.

 

           

REASON FOR DECISION: To agree the form of consultation and begin the process of setting the budget for 2022/23.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lee Colyer


29/07/2021 - Sports Centre Management Contract ref: 2600    Decision Made

Consideration of extension options to the existing management contract.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 06/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

1.     That authority to the Director of Change and Communities in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure be delegated to negotiate and implement the agreed recommendations at detailed in the exempt appendix be approved.

2.    That enhanced performance measures alongside the contract extension with associated financial consequences for any failure to meet expected standards of customer care and cleanliness be agreed.

3.    That negotiations be undertaken to front-load capital investment into the sports centres be agreed.

4.    That any contract extension be made contingent upon an agreed phasing of revenue payments and capital spend with any failure to meet this agreement being regarded as a breach of contract be agreed.

5.    That work be undertaken to explore alternative arrangements for delivering the contract be agreed.   That reports be brought back to Cabinet as detailed below be agreed:

a.    The relative merits of contracting with a leisure operator, partnering with another authority/other authorities and in-house/arms-length provision of the contract.

b.    Options for reducing the carbon footprint of the Council’s leisure centre; and

c.     Recommendations for future leisure provision taking account of the state of the market and projected future trends and the benefits of any linkages with voluntary and community sector organisations, parish and town councils and with parks and educational settings.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

To allow the continuation of sports provision across the Borough whilst maintaining a sustainable level of operation over the medium term.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gary Stevenson


23/07/2021 - Suspension of Garden Waste Services ref: 2608    Decision Made

The suspension of the collection of scheduled garden waste collections across the two council areas for up to four weeks commencing on 26 July 2021.

 

The Scheme of Delegations within the Constitution enables the Director of Change and Communities to discharge specific and non-executive duties and powers under section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Household Waste and Recycling Act 2003. As a non-executive function the decision is not subject to call-in.

Decision Maker: Director of Change and Communities

Decision published: 29/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED – That scheduled garden waste collections across the two council areas be suspended for up to four weeks commencing on 26 July 2021.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Taylor


27/07/2021 - Disposal of Part of Building in Tunbridge Wells ref: 2599    Decision Made

The Council is looking to dispose of a flying freehold interest which is situated at first floor level from an investment that was purchased in December 2016. This part of the building is inaccessible and poses a maintenance liability for the Council. The value of this part of the building has been considered and has been calculated at nil consideration as the flying freehold interest is a blight on the Council’s investment and may lead to the Council having to undertake a significant amount of maintenance works in the future.

 

Decision Maker: Director of Finance, Policy and Development (Section 151 Officer)

Decision published: 27/07/2021

Effective from: 04/08/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED – That the recommendations set out in the exempt report be agreed.

Wards affected: Park;

Lead officer: Max Horgan