Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 21st June, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: To be advised

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Judi Billing and Tom Plater.

 

2.

MINUTES - 22 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 351 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 22 March 2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on the 22 March 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

3.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) raised will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified.

4.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Climate Emergency

The Council has declared a climate emergency and is committed to achieving a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030 and helping local people and businesses to reduce their own carbon emissions.

 

A Cabinet Panel on the Environment has been established to engage with local people on matters relating to the climate emergency and advise the council on how to achieve these climate change objectives. A Climate Change Implementation group of councillors and council officers meets regularly to produce plans and monitor progress. Actions taken or currently underway include switching to green energy, incentives for low emission taxis, expanding tree planting and working to cut food waste.

 

In addition the council is a member of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership, working with other councils across Hertfordshire to reduce the county’s carbon emissions and climate impact.

 

The Council’s dedicated webpage on Climate Change includes details of the council’s climate change strategy, the work of the Cabinet Panel on the Environment and a monthly briefing on progress.

 

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out in the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda. Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1) The Chair made a statement regarding the passing of the former Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health Councillor Gary Grindal and invited Members to speak. The Chair then held a minute’s silence;

 

(2) The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3) The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

Ms. Cottier, Ms. Peers and Mr. Cook gave verbal presentations to the Cabinet.

 

 

6.

ITEMS REFERRED FROM OTHER COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 195 KB

Any Items referred from other committees will be circulated as soon as they are available.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Chair advised that the referrals made from the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee would be taken with their respective items on the Cabinet agenda.

7.

INFORMATION NOTE: UPDATE ON THE DEMAND FOR ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SINGLE HOMELESS PEOPLE pdf icon PDF 216 KB

INFORMATION NOTE OF THE STRATEGIC HOUSING MANAGER

 

An update on the demand for accommodation and support services for single homeless people.

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Information Note entitled Update on the Demand for Accommodation and Support Services for Single Homeless People be noted.

8.

STRATEGIC PLANNING MATTERS pdf icon PDF 435 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR - REGULATORY

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1) That the report on strategic planning matters be noted;

 

(2) That the correspondence and information in Appendices A to E are noted and endorsed by the Cabinet.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To keep Cabinet informed of recent developments on strategic planning matters and progress on the North Hertfordshire Local Plan.

9.

CONSERVATION AREA REVIEWS pdf icon PDF 360 KB

 

REPORT OF: SERVICE DIRECTOR - REGULATORY

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1) That the draft CAAMPs for Ashwell and Pirton are noted;

 

(2) That approval is given for public consultation to take place on the draft Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans and the proposed amendments to the conservation area boundaries at Ashwell and Pirton.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure that the conservation areas and historic assets within North Hertfordshire are appropriately assessed and designated to inform decision making for planning applications and in the preparation of local and neighbourhood plans.

10.

REVENUE BUDGET OUTTURN 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 579 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR - RESOURCES

To inform Cabinet of the summary position on revenue income and expenditure as at the end of the financial year 2021/22.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1) That Cabinet note this report;

 

(2) That Cabinet approves a decrease of £592k in the 2021/22 net General Fund expenditure, as identified in table 4and paragraph 8.1, to a total of £16.892 million;

 

(3) That Cabinet approves the changes to the 2022/23 General Fund budget, as identified in table 4 and paragraph 8.3 a total of £179k increase in net expenditure.

 

THAT CABINET RECOMMENDS TO COUNCIL:

 

(4) That Council approves the net transfer from earmarked reserves, as identified in table 9 of £8.123 million.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1) Members are able to monitor, make adjustments within the overall budgetary framework and request appropriate action of Services, who do not meet the budget targets set as part of the Corporate Business Planning process;

 

(2) Changes to the Council’s balances are monitored and approved.

11.

INVESTMENT STRATEGY (CAPITAL AND TREASURY) END OF YEAR REVIEW 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 306 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR - RESOURCES
To consider the Investment Strategy (Capital and Treasury) End of Year Outturn Review

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1) That Cabinet notes expenditure of £1.434million in 2021/22 on the capital programme, paragraph 8.3 refers;

 

(2) That Cabinet approves the adjustments to the capital programme for 2022/23 as a result of the revised timetable of schemes detailed in table 2, increasing the estimated spend in by £0.979million;

 

(3) That Cabinet notes the position of the availability of capital resources, as detailed in table 3 paragraph 8.7 and the requirement to keep the capital programme under review for affordability;

 

(4) That Cabinet approves the application of £1.225million of capital receipts/set aside towards the 2021/22 capital programme, paragraph 8.7 refers;

 

(5) Cabinet is asked to note the position of Treasury Management activity as at the end of March 2022.

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:

 

(6) That Council approves the actual 2021/22 prudential and treasury indicators;

 

(7) That Council notes the annual Treasury Report for 2021/22

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1) Cabinet is required to approve adjustments to the capital programme and ensure the capital programme is fully funded;

 

(2) To ensure the Council’s continued compliance with CIPFA’s code of practice on Treasury Management and the Local Government Act 2003 and that the Council manages its exposure to interest and capital risk.

12.

ANNUAL REPORT ON RISK MANAGEMENT AND QUARTERLY RISK MANAGEMENT UPDATE pdf icon PDF 275 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR - RESOURCES

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1) That Cabinet introduces a new Corporate Risk relating to Council Resourcing;

 

(2) That Cabinet notes and refers the Annual report on Risk Management to Full Council

 

REAONS FOR DECISIONS:

 

(1) The responsibility for ensuring the management of risks is that of Cabinet.

14.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press 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 Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

15.

CARELINE - IN-HOUSE PROVISION FOR NON-COMPLEX INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR – CUSTOMERS

Decision:

Details of decisions taken on this item are restricted due to the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of Section 200A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

16.

DEBT WRITE OFF

The report associated with this item will be circulated as a supplementary agenda as soon as it is available.

Decision:

Details of decisions taken on this item are restricted due to the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of Section 200A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

13.

CARELINE - IN HOUSE SERVICE PROVISION FOR NON COMPLEX INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE pdf icon PDF 218 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR - CUSTOMERS

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Cabinet approves a full inhouse service provision being established for non-complex installations and maintenance to commence from 01 October 2022