Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This is a virtual meeting. Please click here to access the meeting.

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

Items
No. Item

C25

Minutes pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve as a correct record the minutes of the last meeting held on 15 September 2020

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 15 September 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

C26

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 to 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 380 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve of the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2021/22 to 2025/26, including the proposed MTFS principles and the medium-term financial context as set out in the report and accompanying appendix.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to approve of the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2021/22 to 2025/26, including the proposed MTFS principles and the medium-term financial context as set out in the report and accompanying appendix.

 

 

 

The above decision has 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.

 

C27

Treasury Management Performance to 30 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 324 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a review Treasury Management performance for the six months to 30 September 2020, covering investments and borrowing and which is consistent with approved performance management arrangements.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to note the Treasury Management Performance for the six months to 30 September 2020.

 

 

 

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

 

C28

Charging Structure for Garden Waste Collections 2021 pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending Council to approve the charging structure for garden waste collections in 2021.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to approve:

 

 

 

 

(i)

The charging structure for garden waste collections for 2021 as set out in the report

 

 

 

 

(ii)

The inclusion of the £34 and £36 charges on the fees and charges schedule for 2020/21 so that payments can be taken from November 2020.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to mitigate rising service delivery costs associated with the household garden waste kerbside collection service over the last five years.

 

C29

Making Gateshead a Place Where everyone Thrives - Year end Assessment of Performance and Delivery 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 753 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives - Year End Assessment of Performance and Delivery report for 2019/20.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the recommendations of all the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committees in relation to the 2019/20 year-end performance report as set out in appendix 4 be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That it is confirmed the activities undertaken during April 2019 to March 2020 are supporting delivery of the Council’s Thrive agenda.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure performance and focus supports the delivery against the strategic approach of Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives.

 

C30

Responses to Consultation pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

                                   

Consideration has been given to responses to recent government consultations.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the responses to the following consultations, as set out in appendices 1 and 2 of the report, be endorsed for submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, subject to a covering letter strengthening the Council’s key concerns in respect of the proposals set out in the Planning for the Future White Paper:

 

 

 

 

 

·        Planning for the Future White Paper

 

 

 

 

 

·        Changes to Planning Policy and Regulations

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to enable the Council to contribute responses to the consultations.

 

C31

Speed Management Plan pdf icon PDF 485 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to undertaking consultation on a revised Speed Management Plan for Gateshead.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the revised Speed Management Plan and the measures contained within it asset out in appendix 2 to the report be approved for consultation.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That a further report be submitted to Cabinet following the consultation.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To assist the Council in achieving its Thrive Agenda.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To improve road safety in the borough.

 

C32

Nominations of Local Authority School Governors pdf icon PDF 229 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 2012.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the nominations for 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

 

Clover Hill

Community               Councillor M Ord           05.02.2021

Primary School

 

Highfield

Community

Primary School         Councillor D Bradford   07.12.20

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure the school governing bodies have full membership.

 

C33

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item(s) on the grounds indicated:

 

Item                                                     Paragraph of Schedule 12A to the Local                                                                   Government Act 1972

 

11                                                                    3

12                                                                    3&4

13                                                                    3

14                                                                    3

15                                                                    3

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

 

That the press and public be excluded during consideration of the remaining business in accordance with paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

C34

Budget 2020/21- Council Service Reviews

Report of the Strategic Directors, Resources & Digital, Corporate Services & Governance and Housing, Environment & Healthy Communities

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to proposals following service reviews of Print Point, Civic Catering and Environmental Enforcement, which have been undertaken as part of the Budget approach for 2020/21.

 

 

 

Representations from the Trade Unions are noted and will be considered as part of the formal consultation process on the proposals.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That formal consultation commence with employees and the Trade Unions on the proposals set out in the report and a further report be submitted to Cabinet on the outcome of this consultation with recommendations for implementation.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To implement the approved Council budget 20/21.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To ensure the Council is able to provide effective and efficient services that offer value for money.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To enable the Council to focus resources on the delivery of services that make Gateshead a place where everyone can Thrive.

 

C35

Solar Photovoltaic Programme

Report of the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a programme of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and to the commencement of a procurement process for the installation of the systems.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the overall solar PV programme to be taken forward, as set out in the report, be approved. 

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the commencement of procurement for the sites listed in paragraph 11 of the report be approved.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That further reports be submitted to Cabinet following procurement, to recommend contract awards.

 

 

 

 

(iv)

That further reports be submitted to Cabinet on delivery of other solar PV schemes through other routes listed in the report.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To support the Thrive Agenda.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To support the Council’s Climate Emergency and targets of net zero emissions by 2030.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To continue to generate income and savings for the Council to support Council finances.

 

C36

Hillgate Quay - By the River Brew

Report of the Strategic Directors, Resources & Digital and Economy, Innovation & Growth

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to proposals for the future of the Hillgate Quay site to improve its sustainability and support the local Gateshead economy and including the extension of a lease to the current Tenant, By The River Brewery Limited.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That an extension of the current lease to By the River Brewery Limited as set out in the report be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That entering into an agreement with By the River Brewery Limited to invest the amount set out in the report, into site development, to support local economic growth and sustainability and to safeguard existing jobs, and to recover that investment by the end of the extended lease term be approved.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance in consultation with the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital be authorised to agree the detailed terms of the lease and investment agreement, and repayment to the Council.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To ensure a resilient and sustainable visitor attraction in Gateshead that provides opportunities for local economic growth, jobs and which contributes to the Council’s Climate Change Emergency declaration.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To improve footfall and confidence in the Gateshead Quays area in advance of the development of the conference and exhibition centre.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To support the achievement of Council policy priorities to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives.

 

C37

Blue Bin Recycling Material Contract

Report of the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a short-term materials recovery facility (MRF) household recycling contract using the negotiated procedure without prior publication of an OJEU notice under regulation 32 (2) (c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR2015).

 

 

 

The alternative options to that being recommended, but which were discounted, included those set out in the report.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities be authorised to enter into a short-term MRF household recycling contract with the existing sub-contractors Ward Recycling Ltd and Riverdale PLC using the negotiated procedure without prior publication of an OJEU Notice under regulation 32 (2) (c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to enable statutory household kerbside recycling collections to be maintained without interruption to service delivery.

 

C38

Proposed New Build Development of Two Adapted Houses at Bute Road, High Spen

Report of the Strategic Directors, Housing, Environment & Healthy Communities and Economy, Innovation & Growth

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a proposed Council led housing development at Bute Road, High Spen, which will provide two accessible and adaptable homes for affordable rent, and which will be offered to two separate families with family members with complex needs and requirements, currently residing in unsuitable accommodation in the Borough.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the development of the two accessible and adapted homes as proposed in the report based on the current construction value of the amount set out in the report, be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, in consultation with the Strategic Directors, Corporate Services and Governance and Corporate Resources and Digital, be authorised to agree the final terms of the construction delivery agreement.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To support the delivery of two accessible and adaptable homes.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To utilise the Council’s land and property portfolio to support the Council’s policy priorities in accordance with the provisions of the Council’s Corporate Asset Strategy and Management Plan 2015 – 2020.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To deliver the objectives of the Housing Strategy 2019-30, including to improve the quality, condition and management of housing so that all residents benefit from safe, healthy, energy efficient and well-managed homes and neighbourhoods, to meet identified housing need and supported housing requirements in Gateshead.