Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Monday, 24th February, 2020 11.00 am

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    Items
    No. Item

    137.

    Apologies

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    An apology for absence was received from Councillor S C Manion. 

    138.

    Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 143 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.

    139.

    Records of Decisions pdf icon PDF 191 KB

    The decisions of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 3 and 12 February 2020, numbered CAB 119 to CAB 133 respectively (inclusive) are attached.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed that the decisions of the meetings held on 3 February and 12 February 2020, as detailed in decision numbers CAB 119 to CAB 133, be approved as correct records and signed by the Chairman.

    140.

    Extension of Parking Charge Period and On-Street Parking Charges pdf icon PDF 101 KB

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a) That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation (a), made at its meeting held on 10 February 2020 (Minute No 107), be rejected.  However, it is proposed that the extended charging period be reviewed in two years’ time to ensure that the impact of the extension is fully understood, and that the income is being properly invested to upgrade facilities within the District’s car parks. 

     

    (b) That Cabinet decision 129 be reaffirmed.

    141.

    Tides Leisure Centre pdf icon PDF 8 KB

    To consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)  That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation, made at its meeting held on 10 February 2020 (Minute No 106), be rejected since the Chairman of the Tides Project Advisory Group, the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Commercial Services, is also a member of Deal Town Council. 

     

     

    142.

    Corporate Plan 2020-2024 pdf icon PDF 101 KB

    To consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)  That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation, made at its meeting held on 10 February 2020 (Minute No 110), be rejected as the additional information requested (i.e. key performance indicators) is included in the quarterly Performance Report.  

     

    (b)  That Cabinet decision CAB 127 be reaffirmed.

    143.

    Fees and Charges 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 9 KB

    To consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)  That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation, made at its meeting held on 10 February 2020 (Minute No 113), be rejected as it is thought unlikely that the proposed reduction will have any effect on unlicensed waste carriers who are largely responsible for fly-tipping. 

     

    (b)  That Cabinet decision CAB 113 be reaffirmed.

    144.

    Council Budget 2020/21 and Medium-Term Financial Plan 2020/21-2023/24 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources).

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (a)  It was agreed:

     

    (i) That, subject to Council approving the 2020/21 budget, the grants to organisations, as set out at Annex 9 of the report, be approved as follows:

     

    Grants to Concessionary Rentals 2020/21 - £38,355

    Various grants towards rentals/lease charges

     

    Financial Assistance Payments to Other Outside Bodies:

     

    Your Leisure - £100,350

    Grant payment linked to revised funding agreement with lease for Tides Leisure Centre

     

    Your Leisure - £5,000

    Grant for Walmer paddling pool

     

    Pegasus Playscheme - £1,500

    Provision of a playscheme for children with disabilities

     

    Age Concern - £1,500

    Provision of area office services

     

    Kent County Council - £3,000

    Contribution to Sports Partnership

     

    Gazen Salts Nature Reserve - £4,500

    To assist in managing and maintaining the reserve

     

    Sandwich Town Cricket Club - £10,000

    To assist the club in defraying its expenditure in managing, maintaining and improving the recreation grounds at The Butts and Gazen Salts

     

    Dover Outreach Centre - £10,000

    Grant towards Winter Shelter costs

     

    Dover Rugby Club - £12,000

    For ground maintenance at Crabble Athletic Ground, covered by savings made in the landscape maintenance contract

     

    Victoria Bowls - £1,000

    Contribution to running expenses of the club

     

    Dover Bowling Club - £4,000

    Grant towards grounds maintenance at Dover Bowling Green.  Covered by savings within the grounds maintenance budget

     

    Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £105,000

    Core funding grant plus £3,500 service charge contribution

     

    Neighbourhood Forums - £22,500

    Grant to support voluntary and community organisations

     

    Home Improvement Agency - £8,000

    ‘In Touch’ housing improvement agency funding

     

    Deal Town Council - £5,000

    Astor Theatre grant

     

    Action with Communities in Rural Kent - £3,500

    Contribution to rural housing

     

    (ii)        That the use of the Property Services (Special Revenue) allocation be approved;

     

    (iii)       That the use of the provision for internal costs to facilitate new projects be approved. 

     

    (b)  It was agreed to recommend to Council:

     

    (i)            That the General Fund Revenue Budget, the Capital and Special Projects Programmes, the Housing Revenue Account Budget, the Council Tax Resolution and the content of the Medium-Term Financial Plan be approved;

     

    (ii)           That a Council Tax increase of 2.6% for Dover District Council (DDC) purposes be approved, resulting in an increase on Band D properties of £4.95 per year and an annual DDC Council Tax of £192.24;

     

    (iii)          That it be noted that it is the view of the Strategic Director (Corporate Resources) (Section 151 Officer) that the budget has been prepared in an appropriate and prudent manner and that, based upon the information available at the time of producing this report, the 2020/21 estimates are robust and the resources are adequate for the Council’s current spending plans in 2020/21;

     

    (iv)          That the various Council recommendations at the end of the sections within the budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan, summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1, be approved as follows:

     

    (A)  Approve the General Fund Revenue budget for 2020/21 and the projected outturn for 2019/20;

     

    (B)  Approve the policies and protocols regarding the General Fund balances and earmarked reserves, and transfers between  ...  view the full minutes text for item 144.

    145.

    Gender Pay Gap Report pdf icon PDF 261 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Governance.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)  That the Gender Pay Gap Report, as set out at paragraph 3 of the report, be approved and published on the Council’s website and on the Government portal.

     

    (b)  That authority be delegated to the Chief Executive to approve the Gender Pay Gap Figures for publication from 2021 onwards.

    146.

    Performance Report - Third Quarter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Leadership Support.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed that the Council’s Performance Report and Actions for the Third Quarter 2019/20 be noted.

    147.

    Appointments to Tides Project Advisory Group pdf icon PDF 183 KB

    To consider the attached recommendations in respect of the membership of the Tides Project Advisory Group.

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)  That the membership of the Tides Project Advisory Group should be amended to include the Portfolio Holder for Community and Tourism.

     

    (b)  That the appointment of Councillor E A Biggs, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Environment and Commercial Services, be approved.

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