Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Monday, 5th February, 2024 6.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

69.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

It was noted that there were no apologies for absence.

70.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

71.

Record of Decisions pdf icon PDF 182 KB

The decisions of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 15 January 2024 numbered CAB 58 to CAB 68 (inclusive) are attached.

Minutes:

It was agreed that the decisions of the meeting held on 15 January 2024, as detailed in decision numbers CAB 58 to CAB 68, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 

72.

Sale of Guide Hut at Land Adjoining 107 Sandwich Road, Whitfield pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To consider the attached recommendation of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Minutes:

It was agreed that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation, made at its meeting held on 22 January 2024 (Minute No 89), be approved as follows:

 

That the Strategic Director (Place and Environment) be authorised to agree detailed terms for the disposal, acting in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Property and the two Members for the Whitfield ward.

73.

EKS Service Transition Business Case pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider the report of the Interim EKS Service Transition Manager (to follow).

 

Responsibility: Leader of the Council

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was agreed that a decision on the proposals should be deferred until the Cabinet meeting of 4 March 2024, pending further details on a number of matters that have yet to be addressed or clarified.

 

 

 

 

74.

Section 25 Report pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To consider the report of the Section 151 Officer (to follow).

 

Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Climate Change and Environment.

Minutes:

It was agreed that the report be noted and taken into account when considering the Budget 2024/25 and Medium-Term Financial Plan 2024/25-2027/28.

75.

Council Budget 2024/25 and Medium-Term Financial Plan 2024/25-2027/28 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider the report of the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing) (to follow).

 

Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Climate Change and Environment

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was agreed:

 

(a)  That the draft General Fund Revenue Budget, the Project Programmes, the Housing Revenue Account budget, and the content of the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP), as proposed in Appendix 1 of the report, be approved.

 

(b)  That the increase in social, affordable and shared ownership rents be approved.

 

(c)   That it be noted that the calculation of the 2024/25 Business Rates impact on the General Fund funding is still being finalised, and that any changes will be reflected in adjustments to the use of the smoothing reserve in the final budget.

 

(d)  That it be noted that the remaining annexes, including the Council Tax Resolution and Treasury Management, Investment and Capital Strategies, will be added to the MTFP and other minor adjustments made before being presented to Cabinet and Council in March.

76.

Shared Ownership Policy pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider the attached report of the Head of Housing.

 

Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was agreed:

 

(a)  That the retraction of the Shared Ownership Marketing, Sales and Management Policy be approved.

 

(b)  That the new Shared Ownership Policy be approved.

 

(c)   That the Strategic Director (Housing and Finance) be authorised, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education, to make future minor amendments to the Policy, as required.

77.

Leasehold Management Policy pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider the attached report of the Head of Property Assets.

 

Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was agreed:

 

(a)  That the content of the proposed Leasehold Management Policy be noted, and the Policy approved for adoption.

 

(b)  That the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing) be authorised, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education, to make future amendments to the Policy, as required. 

78.

Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 51 KB

The recommendation is attached.

 

MATTERS WHICH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM SUGGESTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN PRIVATE AS THE REPORT CONTAINS EXEMPT INFORMATION AS DEFINED WITHIN PART 1 OF SCHEDULE 12A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AS INDICATED AND IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE PROPER OFFICER CONSIDERS THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN MAINTAINING THE EXEMPTION OUTWEIGHS THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN DISCLOSING THE INFORMATION

Minutes:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000, the press and the public be excluded during consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

79.

Purchase of New Affordable Housing at the Old Malthouse Site, Easole Street, Nonington

To consider the attached report of the Head of Housing.

 

Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education

Minutes:

It was agreed:

 

(a)  That the project to acquire the freehold of six affordable homes, to be developed on land at the Old Malthouse, Easole Street, Nonington, and the subsequent sale of shares in two of the properties designated as Shared Ownership homes, be approved.

 

(b)  That the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing) be authorised, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Skills and Education, to take the necessary decisions and actions to progress the project and purchase the properties including, but not limited to, agreeing the purchase price, approving the sale purchase agreements and appointing any necessary professional advisers.