Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

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

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53.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 18 October 2017 pdf icon PDF 307 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 18 October 2017 be approved.

54.

Leader's Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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The Chairman referred to the death on the evening of Wednesday, 1 November 2017 of County Councillor Robert Marshall.  Members paid tribute to the contribution Mr Marshall had made during the 20 years he had served as a member of the County Council and then stood in silence in his memory.

 

Decision – That the oral report of the Deputy Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the recent death of County Councillor Robert Marshall and the approval by NHS England to the Better Care Fund plan for Staffordshire, be noted.

55.

Outturn Report for Treasury Management for half year ended 30 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 587 KB

Cabinet Member for Finance

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“As the UK economy faces a period of uncertainty while the exit from the European Union is resolved, at the County Council we remain focused on reducing the authority’s exposure to risk and using our resources prudently.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with a summary of the County Council’s Treasury Management activities for the half-year ended 30 September 2017.

 

Decision – (a) That the treasury management activities for the half-year ended 30 September 2017, including the Prudential Indicators detailed in Appendix 2 to the report, be noted.

 

(b) That the LOBO loan restructuring proposal be approved in principle, with the detailed approval being delegated to the Director of Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance.

 

(c) That the Director of Finance and Resources be authorised to apply for elective professional status for the Council with all relevant financial institutions, under the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

56.

Staffordshire Supported Bus Network pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Cabinet Member for Commercial

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“When we need to spend a record £300m on care this year, it is only right that we continue to look closely at how much public money is used for bus journeys.

 

While the vast majority of bus journeys are made without any subsidy from the county council, some journeys still cost taxpayers more than £10 every time someone gets on board, which simply wasn’t sustainable.

 

After gathering views from the public on the £1.3m budget available we have decided to go for the option which keeps the most current journeys and has the lowest average subsidy to taxpayers.

 

We will continue to work with operators, communities and local councils to mitigate the impact of any journeys affected, particularly in rural areas.”

 

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial

 

Reasons for the Decision – To decide the future shape of the supported bus network in Staffordshire.

 

Options considered - Option 1 - Revised Local Supported Bus Services, (no Connect or Demand Responsive Services); Option 2 - Revised Local Supported Bus Services with Two Connect Services (South Staffordshire Connects and Moorlands Connect); Option 3 - Revised Local Supported Bus Services with Existing Connect Services Retained (Border Car excepted); and Option 4 - County-wide Connect and Demand Responsive Services, (no local supported bus services).

 

Decision – (a) That the views of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee be noted.

 

(b) That, having considered the comments and feedback gained from the public consultation exercise, it be confirmed that the budget allocation for supported bus services, set by Full Council in February 2016, meets the authority’s statutory responsibility, as outlined in the Transport Act 1985, to secure the provision of public passenger transport services that it considers to be socially necessary.

 

(c) That, having given due consideration to the authority’s statutory duty as set out in the Transport Act 1985, Section 63(1)(a), it be confirmed that Support Bus Network Option 1 should be implemented in April 2018.

 

(d) That approval be given for further discussions to take place with relevant stakeholders in order to attempt to mitigate the impact of bus service changes within the overall budget of £1.3m from 2018/19 onwards.

 

57.

Stafford Western Access Route - Land Acquisition Update pdf icon PDF 312 KB

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

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“We are pleased with progress being made on the project and are now well into the process of purchasing the land that will carry the route. There are nine landowners and different issues with each parcel of land. This is just a necessary part of any major road building project. We can then look to begin construction on the different sections.

 

The western access route is in the delivery of future regeneration in Stafford, particularly the £500 million Gateway scheme, which will transform the area around the station. It will also lead to the development of hundreds of much-needed homes in the county town and ease congestion around the station. We’re on schedule to begin the main construction towards the end of next year.”

 

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide an update on the land acquisition and Compulsory Purchase Order process for the Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR).

 

Decision – (a) Thatthe progress made on SWAR since the 21 September 2016 update be noted.

 

(b) That, on the basis that there is a compelling case in the public interest for making the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), and in noting the content of the report, Cabinet:

 

(i) Continues to support the Stafford Western Access Route CPO that seeks to compulsorily acquire the land coloured pink as shown on plan SWAR/LAND/CPO/01 in Appendix A to the report.

(ii) Ratifies the final extent of land to be compulsorily acquired as shown coloured pink on plan SWAR/LAND/CPO/01 in Appendix A to the report.

(iii) Ratifies the Stafford Western Access Route CPO that seeks to secure new rights, both temporarily during construction and permanent for future access (on land outside of the permanent land take), on land coloured blue as shown on plan SWAR/LAND/CPO/01 in Appendix A to the report, in accordance with section 250 of the Highways Act 1980 and Acquisition of Land Act 1981.

 

(c)  That, in noting the content of the report, the making of the necessary Side Roads Orders under Section 14 and 125 of the Highways Act 1980 (as shown on plan SWAR/SRO/01 to 04 contained in Appendix B to the report), be supported.

 

58.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 188 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 award of the Staffordshire Child Health and Wellbeing Programme (0-19 years) contract (Health Visiting service and Family Nurse Partnership elements) to the successful bidder with effect from 1 April 2018

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving arrangements for the sale of 0.58 acres of land at Denstone to Denstone Parish Council.

 

 

59.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 15 November 2017 to 21 March 2018, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

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

Countryside Estate Review

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018-23

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Lichfield Southern Bypass

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Enlargement of St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire Post March 2020

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19

Name: Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Quarter 3, 2017/18 Performance Report

Name: Lauren McMahon

Tel: (01785) 854561

National Funding Formula implementation for Staffordshire schools

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Third Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Quarter 4, 2017/18 Performance Report

Name: Lauren McMahon

Tel: (01785) 854561

Fourth Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

 

 

 

60.

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

 

The Cabinet then proceeded to consider the following matters:

61.

Exempt Decision notice of the meeting held on 18 October 2017

(Exemption paragraph 3)

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

62.

Better Care Fund - Update

(Exemption paragraph 3)

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(Exemption paragraph 3)