Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Thursday, 24th November, 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: District Council Offices, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG

Contact: Alan Maher 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest and/or other interest, not already on their register of interests, in any item on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time.

3.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To approve as a correct record and the Leader to sign the attached Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 8 September 2022.

4.

Proposed Overview and Scrutiny Work Programmes 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Report of the Chairs of the Audit and Corporate Governance Scrutiny Committee, the Communities Scrutiny Committee, the Growth Scrutiny Committee and the Organisation Scrutiny Committee

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That Cabinet supported the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programmes for 2022/23.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – Scrutiny is required by the Development Plan to keep Cabinet informed of its work programme and communicate their work to other Members of the Council.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Not applicable.

 

Please note that this is not a Key Decision so can be implemented by Officers with immediate effect.

 

5.

Tourism - Business and Non Business Scrutiny Review pdf icon PDF 752 KB

Report of Councillor J Kenyon, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)          That Cabinet supported the recommendations of the Growth Scrutiny Committee as set out in the report.

 

(2)          That a detailed response to the Committee’s specific findings and recommendations as set out in the report be prepared.                                      

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – To appraise Cabinet of the Scrutiny Committee’s review and to respond to its specific findings and recommendations

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – No other options were considered.

 

Please note that this is not a Key Decision so can be implemented by Officers with immediate effect.

 

6.

Council Plan Targets Performance Update 2022-23: Quarter 2 pdf icon PDF 442 KB

Report of Councillor A Dale, Leader of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED- That outturns against the Council Plan 2019-2023 targets were noted.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – To keep Members informed of progress against the Council Plan targets noting achievements and any areas of concern.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Not applicable to this report as it was providing an overview of performance against agreed targets.

 

Please note that this is not a Key Decision so can be implemented by Officers with immediate effect.

7.

Medium Term Financial Plan - Revised Budgets 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of Councillor A Dale, Leader of the Council.

 

Key Decision

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)            That Cabinet approved the use of the Resilience Reserve to fund the shortfall in budget.

 

(2)            That Cabinet approved any subsequent under spend on the General Fund in respect of 2022/23 be transferred to the Resilience Reserve to “pay back” the contribution made this year and increase financial resilience for future years.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL

 

(3)            That the budget in respect of the General Fund as set out in Appendix 1 of this report be approved as the Current Budget for 2022/23.

 

(4)            That the budget in respect of the HRA as set out in Appendix 3 of this report be approved as the Current Budget for 2022/23.

 

(5)            That the Capital Programme as set out in Appendix 4 of this report be approved as the Current Budget for 2022/23.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – To prepare revised budgets as early as possible within the financial year to provide sufficient time to allow any planned changes to be delivered. The Council has faced financial challenges this year putting pressure on the ability to set a balanced General Fund budget but careful budget management, use of reserves ring fenced for providing resilience when needed, and the ongoing progression of the transformation agenda has mitigated this.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – There were no alternative options being considered at this time. How resources are utilised is ultimately a decision Members which will take as part of the 2023/24 Medium Term Financial Planning process.

 

This is a Key Decision. The call-in period for the two resolutions made by Cabinet will run until Monday 5 December 2022.

8.

Development of a Community Outreach Service pdf icon PDF 333 KB

Report of Councillor C Cupit, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)             To develop a Community Outreach Service for residents of North East Derbyshire District Council.

 

(2)             To create two Community Outreach Worker posts, as 2 year fixed term contracts at Grade 7. Should recruitment be unsuccessful, then one or both posts may be delivered by an external provider via contract. Posts to be fully funded by the Better Care Fund (BCF) allocation.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – To provide a response to the national cost of living crisis which is within the remit of Local Authority functions, to make use of available funding to deliver positive outcomes against shared housing and public health priorities, and to complement existing Local Authority services and provide a wider range of interventions, additional to signposting alone.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Whilst to do nothing is clearly an option, the reason for rejection is that there is an existing service to build upon, with available funding to support a temporary service provision. The establishment of a service with permanent funding has been rejected due to the growth in establishment costs and the revenue implications.

 

Please note that this is not a Key Decision so can be implemented by Officers with immediate effect.

9.

Urgent Items (Public)

To consider any other matter which the Leader is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with the provisions of Statutory Instrument 2012 No 2089, Regulation 11.

10.

Exclusion of Public

The Leader to move:-

 

That the public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion of the following items of business to avoid the disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, (as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006).  [The category of exempt information is stated after each item].

 

Private Session

11.

Sharley Park Development - NOW PUBLISHED

Report of Councillor A Powell, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Communities and Communications

 

Key Decision                                                                                                   Paragraph 3

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)         To progress with the redevelopment to completion.

 

(2)         To delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Leisure, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Communities and Communications to take such action as is necessary to progress the scheme through to completion.

 

(3)         To delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Leisure, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Communities and Communications, to enter all necessary associated agreements in order to deliver the project.

 

(4)         To acknowledge the pursuit of additional funding for a moveable floor, along with the associated contractual impact to programme and to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Leisure, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Communities and Communications, to enter all necessary associated agreements.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – To continue with the Leisure Facilities Investment Programme in order to reduce the operating costs of the Council’s leisure facilities and deliver a multi-million pound, flagship community facility in Clay Cross Town Centre.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Do nothing, a comprehensive refurbishment, a New Leisure Facility but not the community hub model, or close the facility.

 

This is a Key Decision. The call-in period for the decision will run until Monday 5 December 2022.

12.

Clay Cross Town Deal Outline Business Case, Town Centre Regeneration (Local Assurance)

Report of Councillor J Kenyon, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change.

 

Key Decision                                                                                   Paragraph 3

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)          The Towns Fund business case for Town Centre Regeneration presented provides the assurance that the project represents good value for money for the public.

 

(2)         To delegate authority to S151 Officer, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate and upon receipt of the business case assurance to finalise the documents to a ‘Ready to Proceed’ position as required.

 

(3)         That the project is recommended to Clay Cross Town Board for consideration and approval.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – The Economic Case undertakes a value for money assessment in line with DLUHC Towns Fund guidance. The timing of this decision cannot be delayed due to deadlines imposed by DLUHC. If the decision was delayed to another Cabinet meeting, the submission to government in line with the agreed timescales would be missed.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – Do nothing, reduced option or expanded option. 

 

This is a Key Decision. The call-in period for the decision will run until Monday 5 December 2022.

 

13.

Clay Cross Town Deal Outline Business Case, Low Carbon Challenge Fund (Local Assurance)

Report of Councillor J Kenyon, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change.

 

Key Decision                                                                                   Paragraph 3

 

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1) Cabinet agreed the outline business case which seeks to procure a delivery partner for the Low Carbon Challenge Fund.

(2) Cabinet agreed that the Town Fund business case for Low Carbon Challenge Fund presented provides the assurance that the project represents good value for money for the public.

(3) Cabinet agreed to delegate authority to the S151 Officer, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate and upon receipt of the business case assurance to finalise the business case documents to a ‘Ready to Proceed’ position as required.

(4) Cabinet agreed that the project is recommended to Clay Cross Town Board for consideration and approval.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION – That an experienced delivery partner will enable the Low Carbon Challenge Fund to fulfil its potential and maximise impact for Clay Cross, and that a preferred delivery partner is appointed through a public sector framework which is procurement compliant process, as advised by the Council’s legal team. The timing of this decision cannot be delayed due to deadlines imposed by DLUHC. If the decision was delayed to another Cabinet meeting, the submission to government in line with the agreed timescales would be missed.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED – That the programme is delivered in-house or by Derbyshire County Council.

 

This is a Key Decision. The call-in period for the decision will run until Monday 5 December 2022.

14.

Urgent Items (Private)

To consider any other matter which the Leader is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with the provisions of Statutory Instrument 2012 No 2089, Regulations 5 and 11.