Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Monday, 11th January, 2021 11.00 am

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    Items
    No. Item

    62.

    Apologies

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    It was noted that there were no apologies for absence.

    63.

    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.

    64.

    Record of Decisions pdf icon PDF 225 KB

    The decisions of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 7 December 2020 numbered CAB 50 to CAB 63 (inclusive) are attached.

    Minutes:

    It was agreed that the decisions of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 7 December 2020, as detailed in decision numbers CAB 50 to CAB 63, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

    65.

    Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976: Hackney Carriage Fare Tariff - Request for Increase pdf icon PDF 145 KB

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

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of Cabinet decision CAB 58, made at its meeting held on 14 December 2020 (Minute No 59), be acknowledged.

     

    (b)   That Cabinet decision CAB 58 be reaffirmed.

    66.

    Dover District Council Local Development Scheme pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of Cabinet decision CAB 56, made at its meeting held on 14 December 2020 (Minute No 60), be acknowledged.

     

    (b)   That Cabinet decision CAB 56 be reaffirmed.

     

    67.

    Local Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of Cabinet decision CAB 57, made at its meeting held on 14 December 2020 (Minute No 61), be acknowledged.

     

    (b)   That Cabinet decision CAB 57 be reaffirmed.

     

    68.

    Cable Car Feasibility pdf icon PDF 10 KB

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

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of Cabinet decision CAB 63, made at its meeting held on 14 December 2020 (Minute No 63), be acknowledged.

     

    (b)   That Cabinet decision CAB 63 be reaffirmed.

     

     

    69.

    Draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2024 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Housing.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed that the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, be approved for consultation.

    70.

    Fees and Charges 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Finance and Investment.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance and Digital

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Fees and Charges (F&Cs) for 2021/22, as set out in Appendices 2.1 to 2.14 and 5.1 and 5.3 of the report, be approved.

     

    (b)   That any F&Cs will be adjusted by Strategic Directors, in consultation with the Portfolio Holders, to comply with any subsequently received Government guidelines (when they are received) and any other minor changes, without being the subject of a further report unless they are materially different from current charges or have a material impact on the level of income.

     

    (c)   That the general principle that fees are set at an appropriate inclusive level, irrespective of VAT status, and the VAT element within the overall fee level is then determined, be approved.

     

    (d)   That the fees and charges approved separately by the Licensing and Regulatory Committees, as set out at Appendices 3 and 4 of the report, be noted.

    71.

    Environmental Enforcement Service Delivery pdf icon PDF 289 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Regulatory Services.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the continuation of enforcement services through a private contractor by entering into a 3-year concessionary contract be approved.

     

    (b)   That the Head of Regulatory Services be authorised, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services, to take all necessary steps to award the contract.

    72.

    Climate Change Strategy pdf icon PDF 270 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Operations and Commercial).

     

    The appendix to the report is to follow.

     

    Responsibility: Leader of the Council

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the Climate Change Strategy and the actions outlined in the Action Plan be approved.

     

    (b)   That support for the continued development of the actions covering both emissions within the Council’s control and those over which the Council has no influence or concern be confirmed.

    73.

    Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy pdf icon PDF 227 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Operations and Commercial).

     

    Responsibility: Leader of the Council

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That the development of the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy as an excellent example of collaboration between councils across Kent be welcomed.

     

    (b)   That a commitment to meeting the objectives set out in the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy and the underlying Implementation Plan in so far as it is consistent with this Council’s corporate priorities, and to the extent that resources will allow, be approved.

    74.

    Use of Social Media for the Investigation of Criminal Offences pdf icon PDF 358 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Head of Regulatory Services.

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That adoption of the Social Media Investigations Policy be approved.

     

    (b)   That the Head of Regulatory Services be authorised, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services, to make minor amendments to the Policy.

    75.

    Housing Stock Compliance pdf icon PDF 355 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Operations and Commercial).

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    It was agreed that the contents of the report, which relates to statutory health and safety compliance matters associated with managing the Council’s housing stock, as well as the actions being taken to verify the accuracy of compliance data, be noted.

    76.

    Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 104 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.

    77.

    Sale of Land Adjoining 107 Sandwich Road, Whitfield

    To consider the attached report of the Strategic Director (Operations and Commercial).

     

    Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Environment and Corporate Property

    Minutes:

    It was agreed:

     

    (a)   That Officers proceed with the sale of the plot of land that does not encompass the Guides hut.

     

    (b)   That the sale of the plot of land that encompasses the Guide hut be deferred in order to find a long-term solution for the Guides, and a report be brought back to Cabinet. 

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