Decisions Register

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Decisions published

03/04/2024 - TWBC Representations to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities Consultation on Strengthening Planning Policy for Brownfield Development ref: 2899    Decision Made

The report relates to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Consultation on Strengthening Planning Policy for Brownfield Development.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Decision published: 03/04/2024

Effective from: 11/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the current Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Consultation on Strengthening Planning Policy for Brownfield Development be noted.

 

2.    That the responses/comments set out in the table of TWBC officer comments presented in Appendix A be submitted on or before 26 March 2024 as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s (TWBC) representations to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Consultation on Strengthening Planning Policy for Brownfield Development be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gwenda Bradley


21/03/2024 - RVP Business Plan ref: 2897    Decision Made

TWBC acquired the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in October 2023.  The report is seeking approval of the updated RVP annual business plan post acquisition which provides an analysis of the current income position, a short-term business plan and cash flow, sensitivities to the cash flow, and medium term plans for the centre.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  1. That the Royal Victoria Place 2024 Business Plan be approved.

 

  1. That delegated authority be given to the Director of Finance, Policy and Development in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economic Development to approve expenditure in line with the aims and objectives of the delivery of the Business Plan be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:Approval will help facilitate the delivery of the next phase of the Royal Victoria Place management and support the delivery of the wider economic development and place shaping objectives which formed the basis of the long leasehold acquisition. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Diane Brady


21/03/2024 - Review of Provision of Free Pest Control Services ref: 2896    Decision Made

Review of the provision of free pest control services to members of the public receiving universal credit in the context of increased costs to the contract.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  1. That free pest control service for the treatment of rats and mice for residents in receipt of Band 1 Council Tax Reduction Support be approved.

 

  1. That the Head of Housing, Health and Environment be authorised to procure a new preferred contractor be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To comply with the provisions of the Prevention of Damage by Pest Act 1949. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Duncan Haynes


21/03/2024 - Proposal to Review the Tunbridge Wells Air Quality Management Area ref: 2895    Decision Made

The Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Tunbridge Wells was first declared in 2005. Air quality in Tunbridge Wells has improved considerably in recent years, to the point that for the last 5 years, pollution levels have been below the threshold required for the declaration of an AQMA. DEFRA are concerned that Councils are allowing AQMAs to remain in place after they cease to meet the necessary criteria, and have therefore made it clear that we should revoke the AQMA.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  1. That the revocation of the A26 Air Quality Management Area be approved, and that monitoring be continued.

 

  1. That the Head of Legal Partnership and Head of Environment, Health and Housing be authorised to agree the wording of, and issue, the A26 Air Quality Management Area Revocation Notice be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure the Council continues to comply with all relevant Air Quality legislation, guidance and best practice.

Wards affected: Broadwater; Culverden; Pantiles & St Mark's; Southborough & High Brooms; Southborough North; St John's;

Lead officer: Stuart Maxwell


21/03/2024 - *Community Safety Partnership Plan 2024/25 ref: 2890    Decision Made

To recommend to Full Council the annual Community Safety Partnership Plan for approval.  The Plan presents data on crime and anti-social behaviour within Tunbridge Wells Borough and provides an update on solutions provided to ensure the safety of residents.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 21/03/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED – That Full Council be recommended that the Community Safety Partnership Plan 2024/25 be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To confirm the multi-agency activity to reduce crime and disorder.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Terry Hughes


21/03/2024 - Treasury and Prudential Indicator Management Report Quarter 3 ref: 2894    Decision Made

To receive the financial position as at the end of December 2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED – 

 

  1. That the Treasury Management and Prudential Indicator position for 2023/24 be noted. 

 

  1. That the forecast for investment and bank interest is £3,295,000, an increase of £1,875,000 from the approved budget of £1,420,000 and a further improvement of £175,000 from the Quarter 2 position be noted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: Ensuring effective cash flow management is vital in order to support all the services provided by the Council. The interest received from investments is an important source of income in helping to set a balanced budget.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jane Fineman


21/03/2024 - Capital Management Report Quarter 3 ref: 2892    Decision Made

To receive the financial position as at the end of December 2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the actual gross and net expenditure for the year and the sources of finance, as shown in Appendices B to D to the report, be noted.

2.    That the proposed variations to the Capital Programme, set out in notes 4.3 to 4.4 of the report be approved. 

3.    That the inclusion of new schemes into the Capital Programme as set out in notes 4.5 to 4.11 be noted.

 

4.    That the proposed movement between years set out in note 4.12 be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:  Managing and forecasting capital expenditure effectively was vital in order to support all of the services provided by the Council

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jane Fineman


21/03/2024 - Revenue Management Report Quarter 3 ref: 2893    Decision Made

To receive the financial position as at the end of December 2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That at Quarter 3 net expenditure on services year to date was £10,062,000, £760,000 less than budget be noted.

2.    That by year end the Council anticipated net expenditure of £14,464,000 on services, a forecast of £2,507,000 under budget be noted.

3.    That by year end the Council anticipated receiving an increase in funding of £2,840,000 due to additional investment and government grants. An improvement of £5,347,000.  That £4,249,000 will be transferred to earmarked reserves and £943,000 will reduce the budget deficit that was to be met from reserves, and that the remaining £155,000 is assumed at present to be transferred to the General Fund be approved. 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To show the actual expenditure on services compared to the revised budget for the period ending 31 December 2023, and the forecast outturn position, highlighting significant variances from the revised annual budget

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jane Fineman


21/03/2024 - Performance Summary Quarter 3 ref: 2891    Decision Made

To consider an outline of the Council’s performance against key strategic indicators.  Measures described by central government through the Single Data List (SDL) and the progress against each of the strategic project as at the end of December 2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 21/03/2024

Effective from: 03/04/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  1. That the summary of project performance over quarter three 2023/24 as at Appendix A be noted.

 

  1. That the summary of service performance over quarter three 2023/24 as at Appendix B be noted; and

 

  1. That the Recovery Plans for quarter three 2023/24 as at Appendices C-D be noted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To monitor the effectiveness of the Council’s actions and plans to meet all of the objectives within the Five- Year Plan, highlight underperforming areas, and propose actions to remedy any underperformance to ensure the key objectives are met.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Pamela Grover-Morgan