Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 7th March, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Shekinah Room - Jubilee Church Life Centre, 1-5 London Road, Grantham. NG31 6EY. View directions

Contact: Jo Toomey 

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84.

Apologies

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    An apology for absence was received from Councillor Dr. Moseley.

     

85.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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    Minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2019.

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    The minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2019 were agreed subject to the following amendment to the second recommendation to the Council in respect of the Budget Proposals 2019/20:

     

    “To propose a Council Tax level of £5 for 2019/20 (Band D Property)”

86.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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    Both the Leader and Deputy Leader disclosed that they were directors of InvestSK.

     

87.

Statement of Community Involvement (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 197 KB

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    Report of the Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications to approve the draft Statement of Community Involvement taking account of feedback received during the public consultation period.

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    Cabinet approves the revised Statement of Community Involvement following public consultation

     

    Reasons for Decision

     

    1.            The report of the Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications

    2.            The requirement to prepare a Statement of Community Involvement as set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2014

    3.            Feedback from a 6-week period of public consultation that took place during June and July 2018, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report with officer comment thereon

    4.            Comments made by the Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 13 February 2019 which were captured in the draft Statement of Community Involvement attached as Appendix 1 to the report

    5.            Requirements in the Neighbourhood Plan Regulations 2018

     

    Other options considered and rejected

     

    To continue to use the existing Statement of Community Involvement which does not take account of changes in development control processes, or for the Cabinet to make any further amendments to the revised Statement of Community Involvement.

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    The Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications presented her report on the Statement of Community Involvement. She explained that the Council was required to adopt a Statement of Community Involvement that set out how interested parties would be involved and engaged in the preparation of new development plan documents and the process of determining planning applications.

     

    The existing Statement of Community Involvement had been reviewed to reflect requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase 2014 and the Neighbourhood Plan Regulations 2018. The Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications expressed her gratitude to those Members of the public who had taken part in the consultation and the input that had been made by Members of the Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee made recommendations about member involvement at meetings of the Development Management Committee, which had been captured in the draft document that was attached to the report.

     

    A vote was taken and Cabinet Members AGREED to

     

    Approve the revised Statement of Community Involvement following public consultation

88.

Enhancing leisure opportunities for everyone (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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    Report of the Leader of the Council to consider provision of new and enhanced leisure centres across South Kesteven.

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    The Cabinet:

     

    1.            Formally endorses the Leader’s announcement, made in 2018, to improve and increase the leisure provision in South Kesteven

    2.            Endorses the assessment of delivery options for each of the buildings, for the proposed enhanced leisure offer

    3.            Approves the exploration of options regarding the operation of the current leisure centres and the development of a business case for new operating models including the formation of a Charitable Trust

    4.            Approves the drafting of a Sports and Physical Activity Strategy and a Cycling Strategy as part of the overarching Cultural Strategy

    5.            Recommends to Council that a Budget commitment of £11,000 is sought for the development of a new Cycling Strategy through Sustrans

    6.            Recommends to Council that a budget commitment of £130,000 is sought from the local priorities reserve, to secure appropriate resource to progress the programme to enhance leisure opportunities for everyone (£30,000 to commission InvestSK to commence engagement with the community and sports groups across the district and £100,000 to deliver the programme to the next stage)

    7.            Approves a full consultation exercise around the options for Grantham leisure centre

     

    Reasons for decision

     

    1.            The report of the Leader of the Council on enhancing leisure opportunities for everyone

    2.            The benefits provided by leisure in respect of health and wellbeing, education, community development and its contribution to the local economy

    3.            The programme was expected to commence in the 2020/21 financial year

    4.            A feasibility study produced by Mace consultants for all of the existing leisure centre buildings including a condition survey (appendix 1 to the report of the Leader of the Council)

    5.            Details of community benefits for current leisure facilities and proposed mixes as set out in appendix 2 to the report of the Leader of the Council

    6.            The existing leisure centres in Bourne and the Deepings were shared with local schools

    7.            The Council would undertake consultation with all other interested parties on proposals for the new leisure facilities

    8.            There were established swimming clubs in the Deepings, Bourne and Grantham

    9.            Leisure facilities were currently provided by 1Life; the contract was due to end on 3 January 2021

    10.         It was the Council’s intention to draft a Sports and Physical Activity Strategy as part of the overarching Cultural Strategy for the district

    11.         Consultation that was underway on the Council’s Cultural Strategy

    12.         InvestSK had recently appointed a Sports Development Officer to deliver a Sport Strategy

    13.         The Council had engaged with Sustrans to develop cycling and walking strategies

    14.         The budgets for each centre would continue to climb as required repair work increased and equipment reached the end of its useful life; the effect on service provision would trigger penalties under the current operator model and 1Life would be unable to benefit from income from facilities that were no longer in operation

     

    Other options considered and rejected

     

    Grantham Meres Leisure Centre

     

    ·         Extended life

     

    With the replacement of key equipment and a general overhaul of the existing installations the  ...  view the full decision text for item 88.

    Minutes:

    The Leader presented the report ‘Enhancing Leisure Opportunities for Everyone’, which set out proposals regarding leisure provision in the district. The report recommended the delivery of new leisure centres in Stamford and the Deepings and a refurbished and extended leisure centre at Bourne. The report also proposed consideration of the benefits of a new leisure offer in Grantham town centre and consulting with the public on this approach.

     

    In presenting the report, the Leader spoke about the context of the leisure agenda and its importance for promoting health and wellbeing. He added that InvestSK was developing a new Physical Activity Strategy and a Cycling Strategy as part of the overarching Cultural Strategy.

     

    A sum of £11,000 had been proposed within the report to support the development of the Cycling Strategy, in partnership with Sustrans. The Leader referred to connectivity in the town, including movement of people around the town centre and into the outskirts. He said that he would like this to lead to the development of a Cycling Strategy covering the wider district.

     

    The Leader stated that he was asking the Cabinet to recommend a budget to Council of £130,000 to work towards realising the project, which would begin in 2020/21. The budget would be used to commission consultation and engagement through investSK and to secure appropriate resource to progress the programme to enhance leisure opportunities for everyone. He recognised that there would be implications in respect of land, stating that whilst discussions were underway they were commercially sensitive but agreed to bring further information back to the Cabinet on a future occasion.

     

    Cabinet Members were given the opportunity to ask questions and debate the proposals within the Leader’s report; comments included:

     

    • The work with Sustrans should link to the wider visitor economy agenda
    • The work with Sustrans would need to take account of the full picture of Grantham now and in the future
    • The existing leisure centres had lasted well but were considered ‘of their time’
    • The InvestSK Sports Development Officer was in post
    • Consideration would be given to connecting leisure facilities in towns with rural areas to encourage sport in rural communities
    • The report recognised the mix of leisure facilities across the district and provided the opportunity to consider leisure facilities in a wider, economic development context
    • The leisure model had changed overtime to hubs for health and wellbeing that included health services and active discussion was underway with the NHS

     

    Non-Cabinet Members were then given the opportunity to comment and ask questions; points raised included:

     

    • Work was underway to identify the locations of the two leisure facilities for Stamford and the Deepings
    • Location was important; centres needed to be accessible by foot, bicycle and public transport as well as by car
    • Designs would be produced in consultation with all interested parties, with a full business case developed to take account of community needs and expectations.
    • The Deepings had a popular swimming club and it was noted that accommodation for spectators was required; suggestions were also made  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.

89.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 190 KB

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    Report of the Leader of the Council.

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    The Deputy Leader introduced the report that updated Cabinet Members of any recommendations that had been made to Cabinet by the Council or Overview and Scrutiny Committees since it last met on 7 February 2019.

     

    The Chairman of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee referred to its most recent meeting at which it considered modern slavery following a notice of motion that had been put to Council. One of the outcomes from the meeting was a recommendation that the Council’s modern slavery statement be moved from its current position to the front page of the Council’s website, which mirrored the practice of large companies and organisations.

     

    The Chairman of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee also stated that, following a suggestion made by the Deputy Leader that it would be appropriate for him to do so, he had written to Matt Hancock, MP, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care about Grantham Hospital. The Chairman referred to a recent announcement about proposals for Grantham Hospital and the launch of the “health conversation” programme. He stated that the “health conversation” event in Grantham was taking place on 20 March 2019 between 2pm and 7pm. The Chairman asked the Deputy Leader whether he would encourage members of the public to attend the “health conversation” and whether he would support the petition to build a new hospital for Grantham.

     

    The Deputy Leader advocated members of the public attending the event and said that he would make sure that that the Council’s Communications Team promoted the event. He also added that he would give his support to the proposal for a new hospital. He said he cautiously welcomed the announcement as it secured the future of the hospital and provided a 24/7 urgent treatment facility but further information was needed about Lincolnshire Community Health Services running the urgent treatment centre.

     

    The Chairman of the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee stated that the Committee’s next meeting was taking place on 14 March 2019.

     

    The Chairman of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee stated that the Committee’s next meeting was on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at which he hoped the matter of street lighting would be concluded.

     

    The Chairman of the Growth Overview and Scrutiny referred to its previous meeting and those items that would carry forward to the new term of office and the revised overview and scrutiny arrangements that had been agreed at Council on 1 March 2019. He also referred to a matter that had been raised following the meeting of the Development Management Committee on 5 March 2019. He asked the Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications about the Council’s placing in respect of the housing delivery test. The Cabinet Member for Growth and Communications explained that the housing delivery test was a measure for net additional dwellings provided in the local authority area; the Council achieved 81%. All local planning authorities that achieved 95% were required to prepare an action plan; those  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

Representations and questions from Non-Cabinet Members

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    The Cabinet notes that prior to the publication of this agenda, no representations or questions had been received from non-Cabinet Members since the last meeting of the Cabinet held on 7 February 2019. The Cabinet may consider representations from non-Cabinet Members following publication of the agenda for this meeting.

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    The Cabinet Member for Retail and Visitor Economy was asked for an update on the planned Saturday market in Market Deeping. The Cabinet Member stated that the market would begin on 20 April 2019 starting at 8:30am. Lining of the area and erection of signs were being set out at the end of March in preparation for the market opening. He added that all towns in the district would enjoy an event on 16 March 2019 as part of a celebration of the high street. It would entail street artists, food and market stalls.

     

    A comment was made about the work on streetlighting that had been undertaken by the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. A report with recommendations had been referred to Cabinet; members had considered the report but raised a number of questions and referred it back to the Committee. He said that Cabinet would welcome the Committee’s report but emphasised that there was no intention to turn of any of the district council-owned street lights.

     

    The Deputy Leader was asked a question about the Council’s flag-flying protocol and the decision to fly the pride flag. Reference was made to a notice of motion that had been put before Council in 2018 to fly the flag during LGBT history month, which was not supported. In response to the question, the Deputy Leader stated that on reflection it was the wrong decision to not fly the flag. He stated that the pride flag was flown at government buildings across the country. The flag was flown at all of the Council’s offices with flagpoles and it was anticipated that it would also be flown in future years.

     

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Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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    Report of the Leader of the Council.

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    Cabinet Members noted the report presented by the Deputy Leader of the Council, appended to which was the Cabinet’s Forward Plan. The Forward Plan gave an indication of the items that would be presented to Cabinet over the following twelve-month period. The Plan also included items that were scheduled to be considered at meetings of the full Council during that period.

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Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non-Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers. pdf icon PDF 197 KB

93.

Close of meeting

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    The meeting was closed at 15:23.