Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 20th December, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

63.

Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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The following Member declared an interest in accordance with Standing Order 16.5:-

 

Member

Minute Nos.

Interest

Reason

Philip White

70

Personal

Spouse is studying at the John Taylor Free School

 

 

64.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 245 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 be approved.

65.

Leader's Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including that unemployment in the county remained at a historic low of just 1%; the Council’s investment in business parks, roads, superfast broadband and skills had continued to create more, better paid jobs for Staffordshire people; and children’s services in Staffordshire had been rated by Ofsted among the best in the region and indeed the country, be noted

66.

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018-2023 pdf icon PDF 272 KB

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance

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Philip Atkins

As we move to becoming self-financing, it will become more crucial than ever that we continue to grow our economy. We do have a good story to tell, in that our economic programme has already brought in almost £400 million of investment, with every pound from the county council being matched by £15 from the private sector or Government, and once complete it will see the creation of over 13,000 jobs.

 

However, we need to balance this against the increasing costs of funding the support of a growing ageing population and numbers of children in our care – which will see us spend a record £310 million on next year alone.

 

As a local authority we can’t spend more than we have coming in and will need to look at the detail of the draft Local Government Financial Settlement before agreeing final proposals.

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council

 

Staffordshire has benefited from one of the lowest county council taxes for a number of years and still does, but the financial challenges which lie ahead are still significant and that’s why we all now have to pay a little more and do a little more to be able to continue to support those who need our help the most.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with an update on the evolving work in preparing the Council’s Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS).

 

Decision – (a) That the progress made in developing the Strategic Plan for 2018/22 be noted.

 

(b) That the challenging financial outlook facing the County Council be noted.

 

(c) That the significant work that has been done to develop cost reduction options be noted.

 

(d) That work continues to identify additional proposals needed to address the funding gap in 2018/19 and future years.

 

(e) That the Corporate Review Committee be requested to scrutinise the proposed pressures and cost reductions against the principles of a good and balanced budget.

 

67.

Countryside Estate Review pdf icon PDF 232 KB

Cabinet Member for Communities

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The County Council recognises its country parks and open spaces are one of the jewels in Staffordshire’s crown.

 

Extensive consultation has produced a range of ideas as to how Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate could be managed and maintained in the future and over the coming months we are proposing to pursue these so that we are able to find the right long-term solution for everyone’s benefit.”

 

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with an update following the completion of the first phase of the Countryside Estate Review.

 

Decision – (a) That the contents of the report detailing the outcomes from the first phase of the Countryside Estate Review be noted.

 

(b) That the proposed next stages of the Countryside Estate Review (second phase), as detailed in the report, be approved.

 

(c) That a further paper be submitted to Cabinet in March 2018 which identifies and recommends a management and delivery solution for the Countryside Estate

68.

Enlargement of St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley pdf icon PDF 296 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

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Mark Sutton

“Increasingly our schools are becoming self- supporting, controlling their own destiny and forming strong partnerships and networks. St Stephen’s Primary School is rated by OFSTED as ‘Good’ and with new housing proposed for Fradley, it is important we ensure there are enough primary school places available.  By enlarging St Stephen’s, we can ensure local children still have the opportunity to attend a good, local school.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

Every child deserves a good education and we want all our schools to be rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. The right foundation of learning and skills is vital for our young people to access good jobs and live healthier, happier and independent lives. With the well-documented rise in birth rates and proposed housing developments, we have to plan ahead so we can continue to offer good and outstanding school places for children in the county.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the proposal to publish a formal statutory proposal to increase the capacity at St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley to enable the school to accommodate 105 additional children generated from some of the new housing in the village.

 

Decision – That the publication of a statutory proposal for the increase in school places at St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley be approved.

69.

Lichfield Southern Bypass pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

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70.

John Taylor Free School, Burton pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

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Mark Sutton

 

“The new John Taylor Free School will be Staffordshire’s first brand new secondary school for over 25 years. Building a good quality, modern secondary school that is fit for the future means we have to work harder and smarter to ensure all costs are met. By working closely with local developers, partners and now the ESFA we are able to access different funding streams that will support the school and ensure it offers the best value for taxpayers.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

This school is much needed to ensure we can cope with the extra pressure new housing developments will put on school places. We want to make sure all children growing up in Burton now and in the future can get the very best start in life. Our investment in the new school development coupled with the funding offered by the ESFA means we can maximise the resources we have available to us all and ultimately ensure children in Burton have a bright future.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider a funding agreement offered by the Education Skills Funding Agency to the Staffordshire County Council to assist in financing construction of John Taylor Free School, Branston Road, Burton.

 

Decision – That the grant funding agreement pertaining to John Taylor Free School offered by the Education Skills Funding Agency be accepted.

71.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 189 KB

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Decision – That the following decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated powers be noted:

 

Cabinet Member

Decision

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

In approving the proposed closure of Lichfield Day Centre

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving proposals for extending lease arrangements in respect of Landywood District Voluntary Help Centre.

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

In approving the introduction of car parking charges at Chasewater Country Park from 1 January 2018

 

72.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 17 January to 16 May 2018, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19

Name: Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire Post March 2020

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

National Funding Formula implementation for Staffordshire schools

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Enlargement of Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Healthy Communities Service

Name: Joanna Robinson/ Jackie Small

Tel: (01785) 276697

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018-23

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Third Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Annual Review of Penda Property Partnership Plan and SAMP

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Residential Housing Development Joint Venture

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Fourth Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Quarter 4, 2017/18 Performance Report

Name: Lauren McMahon

Tel: (01785) 854561

Countryside Estate Review Update

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

 

 

73.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:-

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are exempt)

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Decision – That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below.

 

PART TWO

 

74.

Exempt Decision Notice of the Meeting held on 15 November 2017

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Decision – That the exempt notes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of the County Council