Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday, 8th September, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Ashurst Main Hall - The Charis Centre. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@crawley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Disclosures of Interest

In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, councillors are reminded that it is a requirement to declare interests where appropriate.

 

Minutes:

No disclosures of interests were made.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 428 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Cabinet held on 30 June 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 30 June 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Leader, subject to a minor amendment to item 1 Declarations of Interest.

 

The declaration should read:

 

Councillor

P Smith

Replacement Article 4 Directions for Main Employment Areas

(Class MA) (Minute 12)

Personal Interest – As Councillor P Smith is Local Authority Director of the Manor Royal Business

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Public Question Time

To answer any questions asked by the public which are relevant to the functions of the Cabinet.

 

Public Question Time will be concluded by the Chair when all questions have been answered or on the expiry of a period of 15 minutes, whichever is the earlier.

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

 

4.

Further Notice of Intention to Conduct Business in Private and Notifications of any Representations

The Monitoring Officer will report on any responses to representations received in relation to why item(s) 12: Property Acquisition to Increase the Council’s Portfolio of Temporary Accommodation should not be held in Part B Business – (Closed to the Public).

 

Minutes:

It was reported that no representations had been received in respect of agenda item 13 Property Acquisition to Increase the Council’s Portfolio of Temporary Accommodation.

5.

Matters referred to the Cabinet and Report from the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 218 KB

To consider any matters referred to the Cabinet (whether by a scrutiny committee or by the Council) and those for reconsideration in accordance with the provisions contained in the Scrutiny Procedure Rules, the Budget Procedure Rules and the Policy Framework Procedure Rules set out in Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution.

 

Minutes:

It was confirmed that no matters had been referred to the Cabinet for further consideration.

 

6.

Petition – 'Keep your dog on a lead in Tilgate Park'. pdf icon PDF 738 KB

Wellbeing Portfolio

                       

To consider the joint report HCS/30 of the Head of Community Services and the Petitions Officer, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 6 September 2021.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet requests that Officers bring a further report back for its consideration, which provides more detail with regards to the potential implementation of Option 3 referred to within the report HCS/30.

 

In order for Cabinet to make an informed decision, the requested report should provide information on Option 3, the possible changes to service delivery and personnel, expected financial implications and any legal aspects. This should include details on the use of bye-laws and the installation of a PSPO together with the associated statutory consultation requirements.

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

To ensure the procedure for petitions as detailed in the Council’s Constitution is adhered to.

 

To ensure that Cabinet are making a fully informed decision on the subject on the petition.

 

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Wellbeing presented joint report HCS/30 of the Head of Community Services and the Petitions Officer.

 

The report responded to the petition submitted from residents titled ‘Keep your dog on a lead in Tilgate Park.’ The petition documented the concerns and wished the council to increase signage and warden patrol around Tilgate lake to ensure dogs were kept on leads while walking around the lake and to implement the enforcement of rules when this was not adhered to:

 

“We the undersigned petition the council to Increase signage and warden patrol around Tilgate lake to ensure dogs are kept on leads while walking around the lake. To implement enforcement of rules are not adhered too. My dog was attacked while walking around the lake by a dog that was not kept on its lead. The rules are clear on the website, however there isn’t sufficient signage and enforcement of rules for dog owners not adhering to the rules. Therefore increased presence of signage, policing and enforcement is required

 

The principal petitioner was invited to address the Cabinet on their petition but declined the opportunity.

 

The report also outlined the research that had been undertaken following receipt of the petition along with the key areas for consideration.

 

Councillor Mullins, as Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, expressed his empathy for those that had signed the petition, as he was aware of the problem that the petition was highlighting, and he acknowledged that the Commission had held a good debate on the petition. He commented that the Commission had considered the options within the report and as shown in the Commission’s comment sheet before the Cabinet, they supported option 2, but Councillor Mullins stated he was more than happy to put forward the stronger approach of option 3.

 

Councillor Khan read out report OSC/296  the O­verview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 6 September 2021, which included:

·         Acknowledged that the issue of dogs off leads attacking other dogs, people and other types of wildlife was not solely a Tilgate lake issues and such attacks had occurred across the Borough.

·         That the Commission preferred option 2 as it was a stronger approach that the current method.

·         They also felt that option 3, may be heavily resource intensive without resulting in behavioural change and minimum reward in comparison.   

 

Councillor Crow was invited to speak on the item and commented he had first hand experience through a family member being attacked by an unleashed dog whilst they ran around Tilgate lake. He commented it was a difficult choice and wished Cabinet well in tackling this tricky matter.

 

The Cabinet held a long debate comparing the stronger approach of option 3 compared to opting for option 2, including the difference in cost against the likely outcomes, impact of the options on the Community Wardens and other Council services, how a PSPO could be used and where it should cover, the expectations  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

2021/2022 Budget Monitoring - Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 798 KB

The Leader’s Portfolio

 

To consider report FIN/531 of the Head of Corporate Finance, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 6 September 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet:

 

a)         notes the projected outturn for the year 2021/2022 as summarised in this report FIN/531..

 

b)         notes the potential overspend on HRA responsive repairs as shown in paragraph 8.4 of report FIN/531.

 

c)         notes that the ICT budget has been increased by £100,000 for Hardware Renewals and that this will be funded from the ICT Renewals Reserve.

 

d)         approves the increase the capital budget by £35,000 in 2021/22 to purchase a Legal Case Management System this will be funded from New Burdens grant received from the government.

 

e)         approves the draw down from the existing refurbishment of playgrounds future schemes for the two play schemes as identified in paragraph 9.9 of report FIN/531 which will be funded from available S106 (subject to delegated approval).

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

To report to Councillors on the projected outturn for the year compared to the approved budget.

 

Minutes:

The Leader presented report FIN/531 of the Head of Corporate Finance. The report set out a summary of the Council’s actual revenue and capital spending for the Quarter 1 of the 2021-2022 financial year. The figures showed an expected overspend of in the revenue budget of £1.529mill, but with use of the ‘use of approved coronavirus budgets’ reserve of £1.008mil and Grants’ relating to sales, fees and charges of £250k, the predicted revised deficit would be £271k. It was explained the majority of the deficit was directly or indirect Covid related. The HRA was showing an underspend of £5k currently but that figure did not account for the potential repairs and maintenance overspend which was being investigated.

 

The capital budget expenditure to end of Quarter 1 was £9.033mil and with an estimate total capital spend for the year of £54.356mil. The report also detailed proposed redistribute funds within the ICT budget and proposals with regard to the Unsupervised Play Investment Programme.

 

Councillor Khan presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 6 September 2021, which included that they noted that the majority of the reasons overspent for this quarter were still Covid related and that they would want to be monitoring this in the next few Quarters’ report, especially regarding K2 Crawley.

 

Councillor Crow spoken on the report acknowledging the uncertain times that the Council was functioning in, also added his support with regards to Recommendation 5 relating to the refurbishment ofplaygrounds.

 

Councillors Irvine and C Mullins also spoke regarding to issues relating respectively their Portfolios as part of the discussion on the report. 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet:

 

a)         notes the projected outturn for the year 2021/2022 as summarised in this reportFIN/531

 

b)         notes the potential overspend on HRA responsive repairs as shown in paragraph 8.4 of reportFIN/531.

 

c)         notes that theICT budget hasbeen increased by £100,000 for HardwareRenewals and thatthis will be fundedfrom theICT RenewalsReserve.

 

d)         approves the increasethe capital budgetby £35,000 in 2021/22to purchase aLegal Case Management Systemthis willbe fundedfrom NewBurdens grant received fromthe government.

 

e)         approves thedraw down fromthe existingrefurbishment ofplaygrounds futureschemes forthe two play schemes asidentified in paragraph 9.9of report FIN/531which willbe fundedfrom available S106 (subjectto delegated approval).

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

To report to Councillors on the projected outturn for the year compared to the approved budget.

 

8.

Cabinet Appointments to Outside Bodies and Organisations pdf icon PDF 7 KB

The Leader’s Portfolio

 

The Cabinet is requested to appoint to the Outside Bodies and Organisations indicated in report LDS/172 for the municipal year 2021/2022.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet appointed the following Councillors to the Outside Bodies for 2021/2022:

 

Name of Organisation

2021/2022 Appointment

 

The Cycling Forum

Councillor Irvine

High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Advisory Committee

Councillor Irvine

Gatwick Airport Noise Management Board

Vacancy

Gatwick Airport Noise Management Board Community Forum

Vacancy

Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group

Councillor Lamb

 

 

Reason for the Recommendations

 

To appoint to additional outside bodies in relation to Cabinet functions for 2021/2022.

 

Minutes:

The Leader presented report LDS/172 and it was noted there were additional nominations to be sought for Cabinet Outside Bodies.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet appointed the following Councillors to the Outside Bodies for 2021/2022:

 

Name of Organisation

2021/2022 Appointment

 

The Cycling Forum

Councillor Irvine

High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Advisory Committee

Councillor Irvine

Gatwick Airport Noise Management Board

Vacancy

Gatwick Airport Noise Management Board Community Forum

Vacancy

Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group

Councillor Lamb

 

 

Reason for the Recommendations

 

To appoint to additional outside bodies in relation to Cabinet functions for 2021/2022.

 

 

9.

Exempt Information – Exclusion of the Public (Subject to Agenda Item 5)

The Committee is asked to consider passing the following resolution:-

That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraphs specified against the item.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified against the item.

 

 

10.

Property Acquisition to Increase the Council’s Portfolio of Temporary Accommodation

Housing Portfolio

 

Exempt Paragraph 3

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

 

To consider report SHAP/83 of the Head of Strategic Housing Services, which was referred to the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 6 September 2021.

 

Decision:

Exempt Part B - By Virtue of Paragraph 3

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet delegates the negotiation, approval and completion of all relevant legal documentation to complete the purchase/acquisition, to the Head of Strategic Housing Services, Head of Legal, Governance and HR and Head of Corporate Finance, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Housing.

 

(Generic Delegations 2 & 3 will be used to enact this recommendation)

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

The Council currently has 279 households in temporary accommodation, 100 of these in nightly paid accommodation, including 30 out of borough placements. This represents the highest level of need and demand for temporary accommodation faced by the Council to date.

The average net cost of nightly paid accommodation to the council per household per week is £211.50 equating to £21,150.00 per week / £1.1m per year for current numbers. This figure does not include any additional financial burdens arising from non-payment of contributions or ineligibility for benefits.

A raft of measures is being progressed both locally and at a countywide level to reduce the pressure on nightly paid accommodation. This report is focused on one of these work strands, namely to expand the portfolio of Council owned temporary accommodation.

This detached two storey property will provide an additional 6 units of temporary accommodation.

 

 

Minutes:

Exempt Part B - By Virtue of Paragraph 3

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

 

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing presented report SHAP/83.  The report sought approval to purchase a property on the open market to be used for Temporary Accommodation. The purchase will be funded through the approved budget for Temporary Accommodation.

 

Councillor Khan presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 6 September 2021, which included their general support as it would be a flexible approach to meet the demands of the service and acknowledged that consultation would take place as part of the planning process.

 

During discussion on the report Members of the Cabinet expressed their support for the report’s proposal to help address some of the temporary accommodation needs within the Borough.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Cabinet delegates the negotiation, approval and completion of all relevant legal documentation to complete the purchase/acquisition, to the Head of Strategic Housing Services, Head of Legal, Governance and HR and Head of Corporate Finance, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Housing.

(Generic Delegations 2 & 3 will be used to enact this recommendation)

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

 

The Council currently has 279 households in temporary accommodation, 100 of these in nightly paid accommodation, including 30 out of borough placements. This represents the highest level of need and demand for temporary accommodation faced by the Council to date.

The average net cost of nightly paid accommodation to the council per household per week is £211.50 equating to £21,150.00 per week / £1.1m per year for current numbers. This figure does not include any additional financial burdens arising from non-payment of contributions or ineligibility for benefits.

A raft of measures is being progressed both locally and at a countywide level to reduce the pressure on nightly paid accommodation. This report is focused on one of these work strands, namely to expand the portfolio of Council owned temporary accommodation.

This detached two storey property will provide an additional 6 units of temporary accommodation.