Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 12th July, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Democratic Support  01442 228209

Items
No. Item

CA/38/21

Minutes pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24th May 2022

 

Decision:

Cabinet Agreed the meetings from the previous meeting

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24th May were agreed by Members present and signed by the Chair.

 

CA/39/21

Apologies for Absence

 

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Decision:

Apologies were received from Cllr Anderson, Cllr Elliot, Claire Hamilton and Richard LeBrun

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Anderson, Cllr Elliot, Claire Hamilton and Richard LeBrun

CA/40/21

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:

None

Minutes:

None

CA/41/21

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:

None

Minutes:

None

CA/42/21

Referrals to Cabinet

There were no referrals to Cabinet

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CA/43/21

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Decision:

Cabinet Agreed

Minutes:

Cabinet Agreed

CA/44/21

South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 710 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Approved the Statement of Community Involvement for adoption.

 

2. Approved  the Joint Strategic Plan ‘Realising our Potential’ - Regulation 18 and associated Sustainability Scoping Report for consultation.

 

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. That Cabinet approves the Statement of Community Involvement for adoption.

 

2. That Cabinet approves the Joint Strategic Plan ‘Realising our Potential’  Regulation 18 and associated Sustainability Scoping Report for consultation

 

Corporate Objectives

 

Building strong and vibrant communities Ensuring economic growth and prosperity Climate and ecological emergency

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Deputy Monitoring Officer:

 

The Council is required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2017 (as amended) to review its Statement of Community Involvement every five years.

 

 

S151 Officer:

 

There are no expected financial implications for the Council in the development and implementation of this strategy.

 

Advice

 

ARobinson introduced the report and said that the report was in 2 parts, the first related to the state of community involvement which set up how they were to engage with the community on the preparation of the JSP. The second related to the approval of the regulation 18 document itself.

 

The council had been working with St Albans, Watford, Hertsmere and Three Rivers with the support of the County Council to produce the South West joint plan that would provide an integrated strategic planning framework to support sustainable growth up to 2050. Once adopted the JSP would be a statutory plan and would identify the overall quantum of growth across the Southwest Herts area as well as providing a strategic basis for infrastructure delivery.

 

The document before cabinet this evening was the first step in a very long process to preparing the JSP. The proposed consultation was badged as an issue and options but would be focusing on establishing a clear vision and set of objectives to Southwest Herts and would not be dealing with specific proposals at this stage. It is also important to note that the JSP would not affect the current round of the Local Plan making.

 

The documents attached were also making their way through all the other authorities committee processes ready to be approved for consultation.

 

The final point was that the documents had already been through the Strategic Planning committee and the following observations were made: SPAE informs Cabinet of its support for the adoption of the statement of community involvement and for the Joint Strategic Plan. Realising out potential regulation 18 consultation to be published for consultation by us. They also noted that they would like to ensure that the consultation would be presented in an accessible format, that the appropriate methods would be adopted to maximise the reach of the consultation, particularly in schools and on social media.

 

 

Recommendation agreed

 

CA/45/21

Provisional Outturn Report pdf icon PDF 708 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Noted the provisional financial outturn position for 2021-22.

 

Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

2. To recommends to Council to approve the following General Fund reserve movements in respect of 2021-22:

  • £0.009m surplus Filming income to be transferred to the Dacorum Development
  • Reserve, to be drawn down in 2022-23 for work on town centre improvements.
  • £0.216m surplus CIL admin income to be transferred to the Dacorum Development Reserve to support the costs of CIL administration in future years.
  • £0.565m overall General Fund surplus to be transferred to a new reserve- Inflationary Pressures- in order to meet unexpected inflationary pressures brought about by fluctuations in the current economy.
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Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

3. That Council approves the following General Fund reserve movements in respect of 2022-23:

  • £0.022m draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve to support the cost of the Armed Forces event in 2022-23.
  • £0.020m draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve to support the cost of the Queen’s Baton relay event in 2022-23.
  • £0.150m reserve draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve for Berkhamsted Leisure Centre redevelopment planning.
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Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

4. That Council approve an HRA transfer of £0.020m to the HRA Lift sinking fund reserve.

 

Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

5. That Council approves to approve the following slippage on the capital programme:

  • £2.777m to be slipped to 2022-23 in respect of General Fund capital schemes.

·         £0.595m to be slipped to 2022-23 in respect of Housing Revenue Account capital schemes

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. That Cabinet notes the provisional financial outturn position for 2021-22.

 

2. That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve the following General Fund reserve movements in respect of 2021-22:

 

£0.009m surplus Filming income to be transferred to the Dacorum Development Reserve, to be drawn down in 2022-23 for work on town centre improvements.

£0.216m surplus CIL admin income to be transferred to the Dacorum Development Reserve to support the costs of CIL administration in future years.

£0.565m overall General Fund surplus to be transferred to a new reserve- Inflationary Pressures- in order to meet unexpected inflationary pressures brought about by fluctuations in the current economy.

 

3. That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve the following General Fund reserve movements in respect of 2022-23:

 

£0.022m draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve to support the cost of the Armed Forces event in 2022-23.

£0.020m draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve to support the cost of the Queen’s Baton relay event in 2022-23.

£0.150m reserve draw down from the Dacorum Development reserve for Berkhamsted Leisure Centre redevelopment planning.

 

4. That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve an HRA transfer of £0.020m to the HRA Lift sinking fund reserve.

 

5. That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve the following slippage on the capital programme:

 

£2.777m to be slipped to 2022-23 in respect of General Fund capital schemes.

£0.595m to be slipped to 2022-23 in respect of Housing Revenue Account capital schemes.

 

Corporate Objectives

 

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment Building strong and vibrant communities Cabinet www.dacorum.gov.uk Ensuring economic growth and prosperity Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery Climate and ecological emergency

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Deputy Monitoring Officer:

 

No comments to add to the report.

 

Deputy S151 Officer:

 

.This is a Deputy s151 Officer report.

 

Advice

 

NHowcutt introduced the report and said that it had been through the Finance & Resource OSC last week and now had been added to the report. It would also be going to the various other Scrutiny committee in terms of various sections for housing and SPAE.

 

In summery the year-end position for 21-22 the council had a surplus of 56500k, primarily in relation to the changes at year-end in a split between the HRA and general fund costs, which meant that the general fund had a surplus at year-end. At that moment in time the paper recommended that the money be placed in to an inflation reserve, for 22-22, that was taking place feedback from Cabinet, Scrutiny group around what the council was putting in place to provide for that potential pressure as it comes about. Other recommendations in the report and one that seemed to stand out was the fact that surplus filming income was being put into a specific reserve to be drawn down in 22-23, to invest in the local community and give back to those residents that would have been impacted by some of the filming, showing that  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/45/21

CA/46/21

Chief Housing Officer pdf icon PDF 576 KB

Decision:

. Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

1 That Council approves an additional post of Chief Housing Officer to be added to the establishment which will sit at Tier 3 within the Corporate Leadership Team

 

2 That Council approves a total budget for the post of up to £130,000 per annum.

Minutes:

Decision

That Cabinet recommends:

 

1 That Council approves an additional post of Chief Housing Officer to be added to the establishment which will sit at Tier 3 within the Corporate Leadership Team

 

2 That Council approves a total budget for the post of up to £130,000 per annum.

 

Corporate Objectives

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment Building strong and vibrant communities Ensuring economic growth and prosperity Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery Climate and ecological emergency

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Monitoring Officer

 

The addition of a Chief Housing Officer post will provide a clear line of accountability and help to ensure that the Council meets all of its statutory requirements.

 

S151 Officer:

 

The addition of a new Chief Housing Officer Post will require additional growth to the HRA housing management and supervision budget of up to £130k. In 2022/23 this will need to be taken from the Revenue contribution to capital as the HRA has a statutory requirement to show a self financing budget.

 

The impact of this role on other roles and structures in the Council will need to be carefully reviewed to ensure that this does not have an impact on general fund recharges and budgets, at this point in time this is not expected to impact on the general fund, if that changes further funding reports and decisions will be brought back to members.

 

The further reduction of the HRA revenue contribution to capital in 22/23 reduces the HRA’s funds that are available to invest in future capital works. The ongoing baseline pressure this creates in the HRA going forward will have to be carefully assessed as part of the HRA 2023/24 budget setting and longer term 30 year HRA business plan.

 

Advice

 

Cllr Williams introduced the report and said that this was a change in the establishment looking at ongoing work with the structure of the organisation and the discussion with the service and chief exec have a view that an additional manager that would support the housing service would be desirable. As this was outside the existing budget, it has come to Cabinet for approval.

 

Cllr Griffiths said that this was very much needed in the housing team, the transformation they need in housing requires that lead, someone that will focus solely on housing.

 

Cllr Barratt agreed that with the size of the housing stock he felt it was needed.

 

 

Recommendation Agreed

 

 

CA/47/21

Public Space Protection Orders - Town Centre pdf icon PDF 709 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet Agreed

 

1. Approved the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (Hemel Town Centre) (Dacorum Borough Council) 2022

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. Consider and approve the proposed Public  Spaces Protection Order (Hemel Town Centre)  (Dacorum Borough Council) 2022

 

Corporate Objectives:

 

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

 

Statutory Officer Comments

 

Deputy Monitoring Officer:

 

Further to section 60 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, a public space protection order cannot be in force for more than three years unless it is extended before its expiry. The requirement to undertake the necessary consultation in relation of the proposed extension of the Town Centre PSPO has been met and will not therefore pose a risk of legal challenge.

 

Deputy S151 Officer:

 

The financial implications of this decision are detailed at section 5 to this report. No further

comments to add to the content of the report.

 

Advice

 

Cllr Banks introduced the report and said that this had been drafted to extend the current arrangements in place at the moment in the town centre PSPO and looked to extend this in prohibiting spitting, urinating and defecating, along with the prohibiting of cycling, skateboarding and the introduction of the new power to prohibit electric scooters in the town centre. Consultations with the public have been carried out and received significant support. It has been to SPAE and the report was noted.

 

She said they should also be aware that this order would be enforced by district enforcement as part of the pilot that is currently running.

 

Cllr Banks added that this was to combat the antisocial behaviours and hopefully improve the public spaces.

 

 

Recommendation agreed

 

CA/48/21

Public Space Protection order - Dog pdf icon PDF 696 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1 Approved the extension of the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order.

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. That Cabinet approves the extension of the Dog  Control Public Space Protection Order

Corporate Objectives:

 

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment Building strong and vibrant communities Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

 

Statutory Officer Comments

 

Deputy Monitoring Officer:

 

Further to section 60 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, a public space protection order cannot be in force for more than three years unless it is extended before its expiry. The requirement to undertake the necessary consultation in relation of the proposed extension of the Dog Control PSPO has been met and will not, therefore, pose a risk of legal challenge.

 

Deputy S151 Officer:

 

Enforcement of the current PSPO is carried out by a third party under a pilot scheme, who retain a proportion of income generated from fines issued. Should this arrangement cease after the pilot period has ended, any costs associated with enforcement of the PSPO would be expected to be met within the current approved resource for the service.

 

Advice

 

Cllr Banks introduced the report and said this was drafted to extend the current arrangement they had in place and looked to extend the borough wide dog control PSPO. They had consulted with members of the public and it had been well supported, it had been to SPAE and they had noted the report.

 

This would be enforced by the district enforcement officers as part of the pilots running to combat anti-social behaviour carried out by the few that make our public spaces difficult on occasions and to make the public spaces safe.

 

 

Recommendation agreed

 

 

CA/49/21

PMO Reserve pdf icon PDF 678 KB

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Noted the update on PMO resource

 

Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

2. That Council approves the funding of £170,000 to temporarily fund the General Fund PMO while permanent resource is planned and implemented.

 

Cabinet

 

3. Approved a one off 22/23 reallocation of £80k of funding HRA budget from the Revenue contribution to capital to the HRA HTIP programme.

 

4.  Retrospectively agreed to set aside the commissioning and procurement standing orders to approve the award of the temporary

PMO contracts each valued above £75,000.

 

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. To note the update on PMO resource

 

2. That Cabinet recommends that Council approves the funding of £170,000 to temporarily fund the Cabinet www.dacorum.gov.uk General Fund PMO while permanent resource is planned and implemented.

 

3. That Cabinet approves a one off 22/23 reallocation of £80k of funding HRA budget from the Revenue contribution to capital to the HRA HTIP programme.

 

4. That Cabinet retrospectively agrees to set aside the commissioning and procurement standing orders to approve the award of the temporary PMO contracts each valued above £75,000.

 

Corporate Objectives

 

Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

No comments to add to the report.

 

Monitoring Officer

 

 

Deputy s151 Officer:

 

The request for £170k General Fund, funding is a short-term solution, whilst a medium to long term sustainable PMO structure is created. Given the short-term nature of this resource requirement, the use of general fund reserves and, in particular, the Management of Change reserve is in line with the rationale for utilising this reserve up. The commitment of this £170k from the management of change reserve will result in the Management of Change reserve being almost entirely committed in 2022/23.

 

The reallocation of £80k of HRA budget from the revenue contribution to capital to fund the PMO resources, reduces the funds put aside for future capital developments.

 

Advice

 

Aiden Wilkie introduced the report and said that the PMO is key to their renewed approach to project delivery across the council. They had spoken about the housing transformation improvement is one example of it. There had been a lot of work over the last few months to set this project up and they were in a position where in order to make rapid progress on the housing transformation programme and the waste transformation programme they had secured temporary resource to make that happen. It was fair to say that they had seen the benefits of that resource coming though the organisation while they looked for a more permanent approach.

 

The recommendations were laid out in the paper, 4 total but 3 substantive.

 

Cllr Griffiths said that certainly from the housing perspective she had spent a lot of time, not just to finance but staff time etc in getting the H-tip to where they were now and they need  help to start implementing what was in it so it could become a living working document rather than a strategy that was sitting on the shelf. She supported this and the sooner they could get on with this, the better.

 

Recommendation Agreed

 

 

CA/50/21

Paradise Design Code pdf icon PDF 592 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Noted the views of Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

2. Approved the Paradise Design Code draft Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation.

 

3. Delegated authority to the Strategic Director (Place) following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Place, to agree the timing of the public consultation on the Paradise Design Code – draft Supplementary Planning Document.

Minutes:

Decision

1. That Cabinet notes the views of Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

2. That Cabinet approves the Paradise Design Code draft Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation.

3. That Cabinet delegates authority to the Strategic Director (Place) following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Place, to agree the timing of the public consultation on the Paradise Design Code – draft Supplementary Planning Document.

Corporate Objectives

The Draft Paradise Design Code SPD promotes the achievement of

all the corporate priorities as set out below:

 

• A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

• Building strong and vibrant communities

• Ensuring economic growth and prosperity

• Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need

• Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

• Climate and ecological emergency

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Monitoring Officer

 

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012 is the relevant statutory framework that governs the form and content of supplementary planning documents which includes the requirement for a twostage public consultation process. The recommendations in this report will ensure that the consultation requirements of the 2012 Regulations are met.

 

S151 Officer:

 

There are no financial implication of the implementation of the proposed design code, and government funding is expected to fund the remainder of this project through the consultation phase

 

Advice

 

Alex Robinson introduced the report and said, the government were moving towards the greater us of design codes as part of changes to the planning system, in response to that this council had prepared a design code for Paradise, to try out some of the guidance expected to come forward in the next few years, this would become a supplementary planning document.

 

The code itself would be made up of both mandatory and discretionary requirements across 4 themes, Movement, Built Form, identity and use. The document was presented to SPAE in May and they made the following recommendations. SPAE informs cabinet of its support for the design code and recommend it be published for consultation. The next step in preparation for the design code was public consultation following which the council will review comments made before finalising the design code and bringing it back to Cabinet for adoption.

 

The recommendation in the report was to seek Cabinet approval to consult on the design code, on a date, which is to be confirmed, most likely late summer.

 

Cllr Griffiths said she could remember last year looking around paradise and councillors giving their opinions on this which was an interesting exercise. It was now interesting to see that come full circle and would be interesting to see what the public would make of what councillors thought, officer and internal.

 

Cllr Williams said it would be interesting to see how much public engagement it generates as it was not in a prominent area or a major employment area and has a modest amount of residential in that area.

 

Recommendation Agreed

 

CA/51/21

Constitution and Financial regulations pdf icon PDF 363 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet Resolves to Recommend

 

1. That Council agrees the amendments to Part 3 of the Constitution as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Constitution – Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions”

 

2. That Council agrees the amendments to Part 4 of the Constitution as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Constitution – Part 4 – Rules of Procedure”

 

3. That Council agrees the amendments to the Council’s Financial Regulations as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Financial Regulations v.1.1”

 

4. That Council approves the proposed amendment to Commissioning and Procurement Standing Orders as set out in section 4.5 to the report

 

Minutes:

Decision

1. That Cabinet recommend Council agrees the amendments to Part 3 of the Constitution as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Constitution – Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions”

 

2. That Cabinet recommend Council agrees the amendments to Part 4 of the Constitution as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Constitution – Part 4 – Rules of Procedure”

 

3. That Cabinet recommend Council agrees the amendments to the Council’s Financial Regulations as highlighted in the report and shown in tracked changes on the attached document entitled “Financial Regulations v.1.1”

 

4. That Cabinet recommend Council approves the proposed amendment to Commissioning and Procurement Standing Orders as set out in section 4.5 to the report.

 

Corporate Objectives

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment Building strong and vibrant communities Ensuring economic growth and prosperity Providing good quality affordable homes, in particular for those most in need Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery Climate and ecological emergency

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Monitoring Officer

 

The scheme of delegation in Part 3 of the Constitution provides a framework for effective decision making and should ensure that officers act within their appointed delegations and therefore minimise legal challenge

 

Deputy s151 Officer:

 

The majority of minor changes made to the constitution reflect the approved Council restructure that has been undertaken at Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels in the organisation. This includes the financial regulation changes proposed at para 3.4 and 3.5, which have been proposed to bring approval limits in line with officer seniority.

 

The additional proposed delegations to the Chief Executive will be monitored and reported to members accordingly in line with current financial regulations.

 

 A change in the financial assessment of proposed redundancies and retirements to a Best Value assessment from a rigid 3 year pay back criteria allows for a more analytical view of these complex decisions from a value for money perspective. As detailed in the constitution, and in line with good practice guidelines, the Chief Executive would seek advice from both the S151 and Monitoring officer’s prior to making these decisions.

 

Advice

 

Farida Hussain introduced the report and said it outlined the changes that were requires o the constitution following changes to the leadership team and realignment of portfolio holder areas. A more general review had also been carried out to update the constitution to reflect changes in legislation, this included special severance payments. Changes were also required to the financial standing orders and procurement standing orders, one of those changes were that officers at tier 3 could authorise payments up to £250k, there were also some extra delegations regarding interim appointments. This was all to ensure there were no delays when those things were required.

 

Recommendation Agreed

 

CA/52/21

Crematorium Governance pdf icon PDF 821 KB

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Noted that the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee has resolved to agree to the adoption of a Lead Authority model for the future operation of the Joint Committee

 

2. Agreed that the Lead Authority model be adopted and that Three Rivers District Council be the Lead Authority.

 

3. Agreed that a new Joint Committee Agreement be developed along with any other legal documents required to facilitate the new governance structure and delegates authority to the Strategic Director (Corporate and Commercial Services) in consultation with the Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and the Council’s nominated member of the Joint Committee to finalise and complete the new Joint Committee Agreement and any other legal documents required.

 

Minutes:

Decision

 

1. That Cabinet notes that the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee has resolved to agree to the adoption of a Lead Authority model for the future operation of the Joint Committee

 

2. That Cabinet agrees that the Lead Authority model be adopted and that Three Rivers District Council be the Lead Authority.

 

3. That Cabinet agrees that a new Joint Committee Agreement be developed along with any other legal documents required to facilitate the new governance structure and delegates authority to the Strategic Director (Corporate and Commercial Services) in consultation with the Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and the Council’s nominated member of the Joint Committee to finalise and complete the new Joint Committee Agreement and any other legal documents required.

 

Corporate Objectives

 

Building strong and vibrant communities Ensuring economic growth and prosperity Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

 

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

 

Monitoring Officer

 

The proposed governance framework is appropriate to ensure that the two crematoria can operate efficiently within a sound legal structure. The Joint Committee Agreement will be developed to ensure that each authority’s obligations, liabilities and share of any surplus are clearly defined and agreed. This will be developed with support from external solicitors who will help to ensure that a balanced approach is agreed across the partnership.

 

 

Deputy s151 Officer:

 

The single lead authority structure should provide a clear transparent approach to operations reporting and governance, with the board overseeing key decisions making. The Joint Committee Agreement that will be developed, by the partnership, will provide greater detail of the shared financial risks and rewards and will also set out a clear reporting and performance monitoring framework.

 

Advice

 

Farida introduced the report and said that it set out different options for governing the West Herts Crematorium and approval was sought for the preferred option, which was to have a lead authority model, that lead authority would be Three Rivers Council. They had volunteered for the role so advise was sort from Anthony Collins solicitors and they did propose different options on how the West Herts Crematorium could be governed however they advised that the proposed model was the most efficient and most economically viable. 

 

Delegation was also sought to set up a new joint committee agreement, which woul be more formal than the working arrangements that they currently had, especially with the new crematorium being built at Bunkers Park this would be needed.

 

Cllr Williams asked if this would be on similar lines to the 5 members from the 5 councils and the appropriate support for that.

 

Farida said it would.

 

Cllr Williams asked Nigel Howcutt if anything from a financial perspective now that the new crematorium was on our land.

 

Nigel Howcutt said that this paper was outlining the decision for Three Rivers to be the lead authority, which made sense as they were already operating one of the 2 sites involved in the committee, this seemed logical and sensible rather than setting up a new entity in another local authority names.  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/52/21

CA/53/21

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.

 

CA/54/21

Commercial Programme Update

Decision:

Cabinet

 

1. Noted the progress made to date

Minutes:

Minutes can be found in Part 2

 

CA/55/21

HBC contract extension pdf icon PDF 342 KB

Decision:

Cabinet Agreed

 

1. To extend the current Services Agreement with Hertfordshire Building Control until 31st March 2023 and delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer to agree future extensions.

 

2. To delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer to agree any final and outstanding legal, technical, financial and operational matters to be concluded in effecting the proposed extension of contract noted in recommendation 1 or the LA1 function.

 

3. To continued with the appointment of Three Rivers District Council to perform the LA1 contract management function and the audit and issue of statutory notices as per the current arrangements.

 

4. To appoint East Hertfordshire District Council to perform the statutory notice LA1 function until 31st March 2023

 

5. To delegate authority to the Chief Executive, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Commercial Strategy and Delivery, Assistant Director, Strategic Director (Corporate and Commercial Services), Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer, to agree and finalise any future arrangements for statutory building control including the LA1 function beyond 31st March 2023.

 

Minutes:

Decision

1. Extend the current Services Agreement with Hertfordshire Building Control until 31st March 2023 and delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer to agree future extensions.

2. Delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer to agree any final and outstanding legal, technical, financial and operational matters to be concluded in effecting the proposed extension of contract noted in recommendation 1 or the LA1 function.

3. Continue the appointment of Three Rivers District Council to perform the LA1 contract management function and the audit and issue of statutory notices as per the current arrangements.

4. Appoint East Hertfordshire District Council to perform the statutory notice LA1 function until 31st March 2023

5. Delegate authority to the Chief Executive, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Commercial Strategy and Delivery, Assistant Director, Strategic Director (Corporate and Commercial Services), Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services and Chief Financial Officer, to agree and finalise any future arrangements for statutory building control including the LA1 function beyond 31st March 2023.

Corporate Objectives

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment Ensuring efficient, effective and modern service delivery

Statutory Officer Comments:

 

Monitoring Officer

A resolution was passed on 18th September 2019 to delegate statutory Building Control functions to one of the Building Control authorities. This delegation remains in place but, for completeness, as part of the LA1 function is being changed to a different authority this report brought to Cabinet for approval. Further delegations are being proposed so that future commercial decisions on the LA1 function can be agreed by officers. To extend the current Services Agreement, a deed of variation will need to be completed to give effect of the contract extension and also to formalise any changes to the role of LA1. This report was not on the Forward Plan and is reported to Cabinet as an urgent decision without giving the usual 28 days’ notice of an Executive Decision. The decision is urgent because the current Service Level Agreement ends in August and needs to be extended to ensure that the Building Control service can continue to operate. The Chairman of the Finance and Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been consulted and has agreed that this report be treated as an urgent decision as it cannot reasonably be deferred to the next Cabinet meeting in September

Deputy s151 Officer:

The 22/23 budget is sufficient to fund the current LA1 service agreement. Following further negotiations if additional costs are agreed and there is not sufficient budget available in existing approved budgets the service will be required to seek member approval for growth, in line with the current Financial Regulations.

Advice

Farida Hussain explained that the current contract under which eight local authorities instruct Hertfordshire Building Control services was due to expire in August this year. Approval was sought to extend that contract to the end of the financial  ...  view the full minutes text for item CA/55/21