Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Blaydon Room - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Mike Aynsley Email:  michaelaynsley@gateshead.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

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Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Councillor M Foy

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 15 October 2019

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet held on 15 October 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

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Gateshead International Stadium - Investment to host International Athletics pdf icon PDF 331 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to improvements to the track surface and lighting at Gateshead International Stadium to support the delivery of major events.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the realignment of the Capital Programme of £0.387m to improve the sports facilities at Gateshead International Stadium be approved.

 

 

(ii)          That the Service Director, Major Projects and Corporate Property be given delegated authority to negotiate a tender and award the contract within the agreed budget through the SCAPE framework.

 

 

(iii)         That a further report be received outlining the impact of major events in Gateshead, specifically the Tour of Britain 2019 and World Transplant Games 2019.

 

 

(iv)         That a further report be received on the solution for the East Terrace canopy.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To enhance Gateshead’s reputation as a host of major international sporting events and support the delivery of the Council’s Thrive policy.

 

 

(B)           To support the sustainability and raise the profile of key Gateshead assets most notably Gateshead International Stadium.

 

 

(C)           To meet contractual requirements and provide an IAAF Class 1 certified athletics venue to host World Class Athletics.

    

 

(D)           To improve access to sport and leisure provision for the residents of Gateshead.

 

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Revenue Budget 2nd Quarter Review 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 291 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest monitoring position on the revenue budget 2019/20 at the end of the second quarter.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the revenue expenditure position at the end of the second quarter, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be noted.

 

 

(ii)          That Council be recommended to approve an amendment to the net revenue budget for 2019/20 from £206.999m to £207.262 to account for the additional better care grant funding.

 

The above decisions have been made to contribute to sound financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of the Council.

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Capital Programme and Prudential Indicators 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 363 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest position on the capital programme 2019/20 and Prudential Indicators at the end of the first quarter to 30 September 2019.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That Council be recommended to approve all variations to the Capital Programme 2019/20 as the revised programme, as detailed in Appendix 2.

 

 

(ii)          That Council be recommended to approve the financing of the revised programme.

 

 

(iii)         That it be confirmed to Council that the capital expenditure and capital financing requirement indicators have been revised in line with the revised budget and that none of the approved Prudential Indicators set out for 2019/20 have been breached.

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To ensure the optimum use of the Council’s capital resources in 2019/20.

 

 

(B)           To accommodate changes to the Council’s in-year capital expenditure plans.

 

 

(C)           To ensure performance has been assessed against the approved Prudential Limits.

 

 

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Capital Strategy 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 359 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Capital Strategy for 2020/21 to 2024/25 to support the framework used to set and monitor the Capital Programme.

 

RESOLVED -

That Council be recommended to approve the Capital Strategy, as set out at Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The above decisions have been made to support the framework used to set and monitor the Capital Programme.

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Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED -

That Council be recommended to:

 

 

(i)            approve the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme, as set out in the report; and

 

 

(ii)          delegate powers to the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital to provide regulations to give effect to the scheme.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To meet the statutory requirements of the Local Government and Finance Act 2012 in relation to the establishment of a framework for localised council tax support.

 

 

(B)           To mitigate the impact of the welfare reform changes on council tax support claimants.

 

 

(C)           To mitigate the impact of funding reductions on Council finances.

    

 

(D)           To support the Council’s Thrive policy priority.

 

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Treasury Management Performance to 30 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 325 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Treasury Management performance for the six months to 30 September 2019, covering investments and borrowing.

 

RESOLVED -

That Council be recommended to note the Treasury Management performance for the six months to 30 September 2019.

 

The above decision has been made to contribute to sound financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of the Council.

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Gateshead Quays Development Framework pdf icon PDF 9 MB

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Gateshead Quays Development Framework Consultation Feedback Report.

 

RESOLVED -

That Council be recommended to:

 

 

(i)            note the Gateshead Quays Development Framework Consultation Feedback Report, as set out in Appendix 4 of the report;

 

 

(ii)          make the Consultation Feedback Report available along with the amended Development Framework for over 30 days on the Council’s website and in the Civic Centre reception;

 

 

(iii)         approve the Gateshead Quays Development Framework, set out in Appendix 2 to the report, subject to any minor modifications arising from the consultation on the Feedback Report and amended Framework;

 

 

(iv)         delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, following consultation with the Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, to make any minor changes necessary to the Gateshead Quays Development framework in light of any further representations received during the consultation; and

 

 

(v)          delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, following consultation with the Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, to approve the Adoption Statement and publish the final Gateshead Quays Development Framework.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to site development and infrastructure provision to facilitate and accommodate the growth proposed in the CSUCP.

 

 

(B)           To meet statutory obligations and ensure full public engagement and afford weight to the Framework as a material planning consideration.

 

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Budget Approach 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Council’s budget approach 2020/21 that will support the delivery of the Council’s Thrive objectives.

 

RESOLVED -

That the approach and principles contained within the report to guide the development and setting of the Council’s budget 2020/21 to support the delivery of Thrive objectives be approved.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To contribute to the good financial management practice of the Council.

 

 

(B)           To assist the financial sustainability of the Council over the medium to long term.

 

 

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Gateshead Climate Change Emergency and Proposed Climate Change Strategy pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Report of Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to progress against the commitments made in the climate emergency motion.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the commencement of a borough-wide audit of carbon emissions be approved.

 

 

(ii)          That the production of a Climate Change Emergency Strategy and Action Plan be approved.

 

 

(iii)         That the development of a programme of engagement be approved.

 

 

(iv)         That further update reports be received as this work progresses.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To ensure an independent view of the action required is provided quickly.

 

 

(B)           To ensure that a clear set of actions and broad objectives to drive change is agreed by the Council and its community.

 

 

(C)           To ensure engagement of our partners and community to ensure a Gateshead-wide approach to the issue.

 

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Review of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Policy and Conditions pdf icon PDF 516 KB

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a public consultation being undertaken on proposed policy and conditions relating to the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.

 

RESOLVED -

That the proposed policy and conditions be consulted upon during November, December and January and that a Policy Advisory Group be asked to consider the results of that consultation and to give its comments to Cabinet so that a final version can be recommended to Council for approval.

 

The above decisions have been made so that the policy and conditions relating to Hackney and Private Hire Vehicle licences can be updated to take into account national, regional and local priorities and technological changes in vehicles.

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Nomination of Local Authority School Governors pdf icon PDF 231 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the nomination of local authority governors to schools in accordance with The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations.

 

RESOLVED -

That the nominations for re-appointment of local authority governors to the schools listed below, for a four year period, as determined by the Schools’ Instrument of Government, from the date indicated be approved.

 

School

Nomination

Date From

 

Bensham Grove Nursery School

Councillor Catherine Donovan

 

30.11.2019

St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School

Councillor Gary Haley

26.11.2019

 

The above decision has been made to ensure the School Governing Bodies have full membership.

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Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following items in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

That the press and public be excluded from the remaining business in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

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Gateshead Quays: Multi-Storey Car Park

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the development of a new multi-storey car park in the Baltic Quarter in central Gateshead, to primarily serve the development of Gateshead Quays.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the development of a multi-storey car park be proceeded with and a suitable contractor be engaged via the SCAPE National Construction Framework (Major Works).

 

 

(ii)          That the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth be given delegated authority to sign a delivery agreement via the SCAPE National Construction Framework (Major Works), for the development of the proposed multi-storey car park up to preparation of the final business case and developed design.

 

 

(iii)         That the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, following consultation with the Strategic Directors, Corporate Services and Governance and Resources and Digital, be given delegated authority to agree the final terms, scope and costs of the delivery agreement and contracts.

 

 

(iv)         That a further report be received on 21 January 2020 setting out the final business case and subsequent recommendations regarding the development.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To provide car parking to support the commercial demands of Gateshead Quays and Baltic Quarter.

 

 

(B)           To manage the assets of the Council’s non-operational portfolio in line with the Corporate Asset Strategy and Management Plan 2015-2020.

 

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Gateshead Quays - Hotels

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed hotel arrangements on the Gateshead Quays development.

 

RESOLVED -

That the development of a dual branded hotel at Gateshead Quays be approved in principle, under a hotel management agreement structure, in accordance with the proposed heads of terms with the brand and operator, as set out in the report, and the Acting Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth be given delegated authority to agree the detailed terms in consultation with the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance and Strategic Director, Resources and Digital.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To bring forward the regeneration of Gateshead Quays and ensure there is appropriate hotel provision relating to the development.

 

 

(B)           To ensure the proposed hotel brand and hotel operator inform the design process, helping to optimise the hotels construction and operation.

 

 

(C)           To ensure there is a long-term commitment from the proposed brand and operator to provide confidence in the delivery of the scheme and assist securing development finance.

    

 

(D)           To manage the assets of the Council’s non-operational portfolio in line with the Corporate Asset Strategy and Management Plan 2015-2020.

 

 

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High Street South - Update

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to proposals relating to the development of High Street South.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the payment of compensation for any acquisition of estates and interests, within the area shown on the plan in the report, by negotiation be approved on the basis that there was a confirmed compulsory purchase order in place authorising the Council to acquire them.

 

 

(ii)          That a compulsory purchse order be made under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to acquire any remaining estates and interests in properties, shown in the proposed CPO boundary map 2 in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

 

(iii)         That the circumstances be noted where the application of the demolition criteria in the Gateshead Council Lettings Policy will enable the relocation of private tenants, who will be able to bid for Gateshead Council properties.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To regenerate High Street South as the area is now in a critical condition with high levels of blight.

 

 

(B)           To provide new homes and community facilities in the town centre to improve performance and economic growth.

 

 

(C)           To improve the perception of the town centre of Gateshead and to provide safe attractive passage with active uses to and from sites in the town centre.

    

 

(D)           To integrate health and wellbeing in the regeneration objectives.

 

 

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Felling Estate Renewal and Regeneration

Report of Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the findings of the consultation on the next phase of Felling Estate Regeneration and the decommissioning of properties at Crowhall Towers and Sir Godfrey Thomson Court for the purposes of regeneration of the local area.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That Crowhall Towers and Sir Godfrey Thomson Court, including garages, be decommissioned in order to prepare the demolition proposals, when vacant, for the purposes of regeneration.

 

 

(ii)          That the prioritisation of tenants in Crowhall Towers and Sir Godfrey Thomson Court for rehousing, with home loss and disturbance payments made, be approved.

 

 

(iii)         That the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth be authorised to enter into negotiations to acquire the interests, set out in Appendix 1 to the report, using the power derived from Section 227 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and to pay compensation on the basis that there was a confirmed compulsory purchase order in place ensuring consistency with other acquisitions in these circumstances.

 

 

(iv)         That a further report be received on a proposal for future redevelopment of the site; the approach that should be taken in relation to the community centre; and the letting of the demolition contract.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To support priorities for Thrive by working together to build a better future for the local area through regenerating and redeveloping to provide more sustainable housing and economic growth as well as supporting Housing Strategy priorities for supply, standards and support and ensuring Council accommodation continues to meet current and future needs and aspirations of residents.

 

 

(B)           To ensure investment is targeted in the most appropriate way and that it is focused on long term outcomes and community needs.

 

 

(C)           To ensure investment is focused on stock that is sustainable.

    

 

(D)           To meet the requirements of HRA business planning.

 

 

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Intermediate Care Proposals

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the development of a new Intermediate Care service.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the proposals to move to a single site model of Intermediate Care be approved.

 

 

(ii)          That the provisional terms for the purchase of River View, Felling be approved.

 

 

(iii)         That the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, in consultation with the Strategic Directors, Corporate Services and Governance and Resources and Digital, be given delegated authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the purchase.

 

 

(iv)         That the existing Promoting Independence Centres at Eastwood, Shadon House and Southernwood be declared surplus to requirements, on completion of the project, and a further report be received considering the future of these assets.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)           To enable a cost effective and efficient model of Intermediate Care, based on clinical best practice.

 

 

(B)           To ensure that the Borough’s Intermediate Care estate is fit for the future.