Delegated planning decisions for the week beginning 30 January 2023 are attached. Contact for enquiries: Jean McPherson, Group Manager (Development Management) on email@example.com.
The following documents are attached in relation to Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders:
· List of Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders.
· Maidenbower Lane, Maidenbower (Appendix A).
· Radford Road, Pound Hill (Appendix B).
Action Taken Under Delegated Authority: Irrecoverable Debts 2022/23 (Under £50,000)
On 1 February 2023 Councillor Jones, as Leader of the Council, exercised their delegated authority to approve the write-off of debts between £2,500 and £50,000 as set out in report FIN/611 which was published on 24 January 2023 in Councillors’ Information Bulletin IB/1166.
Action Taken Under Delegated Authority: Calculation of the Non-Domestic Rates Income for the Year 2023/2024
On 3 February 2023 Councillor Jones, Leader of the Council, exercised their delegated authority to approve the Non-Domestic Rates Income for 2023/24 as set out in report FIN/605 which was published on 24 January 2023 in Councillors’ Information Bulletin IB/1166.
Action Taken Under Delegated Authority (Significant Operational Decision): Housing Revenue Account Lifeline Telecare Fees and Charges 2023-24
It was proposed to increase the Lifeline
charges by 10% for the financial year 2023/24. This is 5% above the
Council wide price increase for fees and changes which has been
agreed at 5%.
Therefore, on 7 December 2022, the Head of Crawley Homes in full consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing approved the above price increase.
On 6 February 2023 the Deputy Chief Executive (in the absence of the Head of Community Services) approved the following changes to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy. Councillors Jhans (as Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability) and Councillor Irvine (as Chair of the Licensing Committee) were consulted on these changes, and gave their support.
The changes focus on facilitating understanding of the Policy, matters to do with the “fit and proper,” requirement and public safety and making it more robust.
Section 3.6 Medical Examination will be amended as follows to improve clarity of the requirement and process:
· 3.6.1 All applicants are required to meet the DVLA Group 2 Medical Standard or equivalent. This will require the applicant to undergo a full medical examination by their own GP at their own cost. The Group 2 Medical Assessment and form must only be carried out and completed by applicants own GP. Third Party agents or private suppliers of this service are not permitted. However, the Council as Licensing Authority may direct an applicants case to an alternative provider if their own surgery is unable to provide a Group II Medical Assessment and/or to the Councils Authorized Medical Practitioner if it considers appropriate to do so as part of the “fit and proper” test.
Page 63, Point 8 (Procedures), will be amended as follows to improve clarity of the requirement and process:
· 8. A medical must be carried out on the Council’s prescribed form by your own GP. The medical test will be carried out to PSV Group 2 specification. This medical must be completed to the satisfaction of the Council BEFORE a license is issued. The Council will only accept a medical certificate produced on the Council’s prescribed form. No other form of certificate will be accepted. The Medical Form will be provided when you submit your application. A medical is required every 3 years until you reach the age of 60 and then annually. . The Group 2 Medical Assessment and form must only be carried out and completed by applicants own GP. Third Party agents or private suppliers of this service are not permitted. However, the Council as Licensing Authority may direct an applicants case to an alternative provider if their own surgery is unable to provide a Group II Medical Assessment and/or to the Councils Authorized Medical Practitioner if it considers appropriate to do so as part of the “fit and proper” test.
· Page 66 – Point 44 (b) Group II Medical - Minor revisions have been made to the wording of Penalty Points categories to make it easier to understand and to reflect changes agreed at the meeting of the Licensing Committee held in November 2022, plus other operational and regulatory requirements aimed at raising standards. This also includes amendments to the number of Penalty Points applied per breach as appropriate to reflect the seriousness of such. These are set out in the attached document entitled Appendix O Penalty Points.
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'We are in the Decisive Decade': How You Can Make a Difference on Climate Now!
The Crawley Borough Council Climate & Nature Emergency Action Plan principles tells us:
‘Human activity is disrupting our climate and people across the world are suffering the impacts of global heating now.’
It is the most important issue affecting us all and the Action Plan recognises this, having been formally adopted by the Council. However, it might feel a little distant when we are dealing with day-to-day issues such as the cost of living crisis, homelessness, the NHS and council services. However, we need to act urgently because the impacts of global heating will hit us and overwhelm these issues sooner than many may think.
We are starting a regular brief information slot on the Councillor’s Bulletin on this crucial topic.
You can get an idea of who has been seriously affected over the year of the UK presidency of the United Nations summit on climate (COP26 from Nov 2021) in this four minute video:
A brief and accessible summary of our Action Plan and how you can help is on our Intranet, here:
Climate Emergency | Papyrs (please note this is a link to the Council’s intranet so is not available to the public).
This should help you in conversations with Council teams on progress on the Action Plan.
More Action Plan explanations are here, especially pages 5-8.
The Sustainability Team welcomes questions and ideas on the Plan. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or arrange a Teams chat.
New Town Hall: Access Passes and Photos
As part of the transition to the New Town Hall, all Councillors are required to get a new photo ID.
For those Councillors who have not already received their pass prior to the Committees held this Monday and Tuesday there will be a further opportunity to book a daytime slot for your new photo the week commencing 13 February. To book a daytime slot for that week please use the link which is contained in the attached document which is available for Councillors only.
Please note that, although your photo may have already been taken, the new ID passes won’t be issued until your Group meeting on Monday 20 February 2023.
Councillors will start working from the new Town Hall on 21 February with the Full Council meeting being held on 22 February 2023.
West Sussex Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Network: Progress and Webinar Invitation
Information is attached for Councillors only.
Staff Changes: January 2023
Staff changes for January 2023 are attached for Councillors only.
Press releases are available at www.crawley.gov.uk/news