Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 16 June 2020 (copy enclosed). 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 June 2020 were agreed, and would be signed by the Leader as a correct record as soon as reasonably practical after the meeting.

13.

Declarations of Interest.

(Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest and leave the meeting without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a Councillor is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of dispensation.)

Minutes:

There were none.

14.

Questions raised by the public under the Council's Constitution (Standing Orders).

Minutes:

There were none.

15.

To consider any matters which have been subject to call-in. pdf icon PDF 163 KB

At its meeting on 16 June 2020, the Cabinet made a decision relating to the re-opening of South Holland’s markets, and Spalding market stall provision.  The decision was called-in and a meeting of the Performance Monitoring Panel was held on 13 July 2020 to consider the call-in. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Re-opening of South Holland’s Markets, and Spalding Market Stall provision

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Place and Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) which requested that, in accordance with the decision of the Performance Monitoring Panel, the issue of market stall provision at Spalding Market be reconsidered by the Cabinet.

 

Members agreed that it was not necessary to debate specific information detailed within the exempt appendices, and there was therefore no need for the meeting to go into private session for this item.

 

The decision of the Cabinet, made on 16 June 2020, had been called in and the Performance Monitoring Panel had discussed a number of issues - the following alternative proposal was submitted to the Cabinet for consideration:

 

·         Stalls should continue to be provided at Spalding market until the end of this financial year, or until proper and meaningful discussion is held with market traders, or their representatives, and that the whole issue be subject to a more thorough examination to enable the council to find a way to rebuild the Spalding market into an attractive, viable market, supporting the economic viability of the district and the town which would help support aims in our corporate plan.

 

Members debated the issues that had been raised, and the main points arising were:

 

·         It had been suggested that market traders had not been advised of, or sufficiently consulted on, the proposed changes – Cabinet members and officers advised that attempts had been made to contact all stall holders and that responses had been recorded.  In addition, two members of staff had been on site, speaking to individuals, and the markets representative had confirmed that everyone had been spoken to.

·         Changes to the operation of the market had been put in place in a short space of time in order to re-open the market at soon as possible, and in a way that was safe for traders, staff and the public.

·         Some of the issues raised by the Performance Monitoring Panel were already being addressed, and picked up going forward, as part of the Spalding Town Centre Improvement Plan.

·         It was discussed how it was important that the future viability of the market in Spalding be considered.  Financing of the market was an important element going forward, and was it possible that savings and efficiencies could be made in certain areas, whilst still maintaining a strong market in the future.  The links with the Spalding Town Centre Improvement Plan were crucial to delivering this.

·         Best practice should be discussed with other authorities, and all options should be considered as part of the plans going forward.

·         Members requested that the free period be extended to 31 August 2020.

 

Cabinet considered all of the issues and concerns raised as part of the call-in process, together with the views presented to it by members attending the Cabinet meeting.  Further work would be undertaken to address the question of regeneration of the market but given all the circumstances, and in particular  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Matters arising from the Policy Development and Performance Monitoring Panels

Minutes:

There were none.

17.

Resourcing of the Council’s Housing Development Team pdf icon PDF 257 KB

To set out a proposal concerning the resourcing of the Council’s Housing Development service which will bring two additional Housing Development Project Manager posts into the establishment to align with the authority’s ambition to build new council houses and deliver new homes through its housing companies (report of the Portfolio Holder Housing and Health and the Executive Director Commercialisation enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health and Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) which set out a proposal concerning the resourcing of the Council's Housing Development service, which would bring two additional Housing Development Project Manager posts into the establishment to align with the authority’s ambition to build new council houses and deliver new homes through its housing companies.

 

DECISION:

 

1)    That the proposal to create two additional Housing Development Project Manager posts (2 FTE) within the Council’s permanent staffing establishment be supported and recommended to Council for approval.

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:

 

2)    That two additional Housing Development Project Manager posts (2 FTE) be created within the Council’s permanent staffing establishment.

 

(Other options considered:

  • To do nothing -new posts would not be brought into the establishment. Vacant posts could be filled (subject to successful recruitment) but additional resources beyond the 3 FTE would not be available. If the ‘do nothing’ option was pursued, the authority could continue to have a moderate housing development programme likely to focus on one design and build project at any time alongside a small programme of acquisitions.

Reasons for decision:

  • To enable the housing development team to deliver a greater number of housing projects for Welland Homes and the HRA.)

18.

Holbeach Town Centre - Future High Streets Fund pdf icon PDF 187 KB

To approve a funding submission to government seeking major capital investment for three strategic projects for Holbeach Town Centre, and associated activity required to support the funding bid (report of the Portfolio Holder for Growth and Commercialisation and the Leader of the Council enclosed).

 

(Please note that Appendix 1 to this report is not for publication by virtue of Paragraph 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and is therefore attached to this agenda at item 12). 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Member for Commercialisation and Deputy Leader of the Council, which requested approval for a funding submission to government seeking major capital investment for three strategic projects for Holbeach Town Centre, and associated activity required to support the funding bid.

 

Members agreed that it was not necessary to debate specific information detailed within the exempt appendix, and there was therefore no need for the meeting to go into private session for this item.

 

DECISION:

 

1)    That a submission to government, seeking major capital investment in three strategic projects for Holbeach Town Centre, as part of central government’s Future High Street Fund, be approved;

 

2)    That the activities as set out in confidential Appendix 1 be approved to support the deliverability of the business case; and

 

3)    That authority be delegated to the Executive Director Commercialisation in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council, to make minor amendments to the funding business case as required prior to submission

 

(Other options considered:

  • To do nothing Under this option, the funding submission to government for major capital investment in Holbeach Town Centre would not proceed.

Reasons for decision:

  • To be able to seek major capital investment in Holbeach Town Centre.
  • To be able to proceed with preparatory steps proposed to strengthen the deliverability of the project in the event of a successful funding award.)

19.

Any other items which the Leader decides are urgent.

 

 

Note:         (i)      No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the Minutes, the Leader is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency. 

 

(ii)     Any urgent item of business that is a key decision must be dealt with in accordance with the Constitution’s Access to Information Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

There were none.