Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 18th September, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2 - The Forum. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on  31 July 2018.

 

Decision:

Minutes of the meetings held on 31 July 2018 were agreed by Members present and signed by the Chair.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

 

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Decision:

There were no apologies for absence

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest

 

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -

 

(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent

 

and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial

 

(ii)            may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members

 

[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]

 

Decision:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4.

Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements and ask questions in accordance with the rules as to Public Participation.

 

 

Decision:

There was no public participation

5.

Referrals to Cabinet

There were no referrals to Cabinet

Decision:

There were no referrals to Cabinet.

6.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Decision:

The Forward Plan was noted and agreed.

7.

Q1 Financial Report pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

 

  1. That the revised capital programme to move slippage identified at Quarter 1 into financial year 2019/20 as detailed in Appendix C be approved.

 

  1. That the draw down of reserves previously agreed by Cabinet be approved. Details are set out below:

 

  • Draw down £165k from Capital Development reserve to fund Development Company (DevCo) phase 1 costs incurred.

 

  • Draw down £70k from On-Street Car Parking reserves to cover costs of ongoing parking zone consultation.

 

 

  1. That the supplementary capital budgets be approved.

 

  • Capital budget of £15k for Gadebridge Park Walled Garden irrigation system

 

  • Capital budget of £34k for Warners End Community Centre heating and door improvement works

 

  1. That the virements detailed in Appendix D be approved:

 

  • Virement to transfer the budget for the debt recovery function from Legal Services to Financial Services

 

  • Virement for the purpose of realigning capital budgets in order to deliver recycling facilities at flats

 

  • Virement for the purpose of realigning the car parking budget to reflect new cashless parking system

 

 

 

8.

Brownfield Land Register Update pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND;

 

  1. That the sites listed in Parts 1 and 2 of the Brownfield Land Register (BLR) as drafted in Appendix 1 be approved and;
  2. Delegate authority to the Assistant Director (Planning, Development and Regeneration) to finalise the site specific information before publication.

 

9.

Business Rates Pooling pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report to follow

Decision:

1.    That Cabinet support the principle of the Council being a part of a Hertfordshire wide bid to take part in the Government’s proposed 75% Business Rates Pooling Pilot commencing 1 April 2019; and,

 

2.    That Cabinet delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to approve the final application subject to final details being agreed between prospective pilot members.

 

10.

Bovingdon Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 844 KB

Decision:

  1. The Neighbourhood Plan Area for Bovingdon is agreed to be consulted upon; and

2.    That authority is delegated to the Assistant Director ,Planning, Development and Regeneration in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Infrastructure to consider the consultation responses and formally designate the Bovingdon Neighbourhood Plan Area.

11.

New Build Update pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.    That the bid to be made to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) be approved, as set out in the report, including the financial details in part 2, for additional borrowing freedom for £10.1M in the Housing Revenue Account to facilitate the early delivery of 106 new homes and to approve the acceptance of the bid if successful.

2.    That the bid be accepted, if successful, and the detail, process and utilisation of any increased borrowing arising from the bid be delegated to the Corporate Director Housing and Regeneration and the Corporate Director Finance and Operations including any minor variations that may need to be made following liaison with MHCLG.

3.    That the purchase of land at Paradise Fields for Homes England on the terms set out in the Part 2 report be approved and the process of purchase be delegated to the Corporate Director Finance and Operations. £150,000 to be allocated for consultancy and design work, from the existing 2018/19 HRA new build budget also be approved.

4.    That the revised contract, as set out in Part 2 of this report, for the construction of new homes at Stationers Place, be awarded to Jarvis UK Ltd.

5.    That delegated authority be given to the Corporate Director Housing and Regeneration in consultation with the Corporate Director Finance and Operations and the Assistant Director, Corporate and Contracted Services and  the Portfolio Holder Housing and Portfolio Holder Finance and Resources to purchase land of a value up to £5,000,000 for housing development.

6.    That the Housing Revenue Account land purchase Framework set out in the report be approved.

7.    That the new build update be noted.

12.

Exclusion of the Public

To consider passing a resolution in the following terms:

 

That, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded during the items in Part 2 of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that, if members of the public were present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council and third party companies/organisations.

 

Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3.

 

Decision:

That, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded during the items in Part 2 of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that, if members of the public were present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council and third party companies/organisations.

 

Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3.

 

13.

Development Company Update

Decision:

Full details in part 2 decision sheet.

14.

Additional Tenant for The Forum

Decision:

Full details in the part 2 decision sheet.