Decisions

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

15/12/2014 - A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road - Tripartite Delivery Agreement ref: 1556    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

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  • Approval was sought to enter into a Delivery Agreement between Manchester City Council, Stockport Council and Cheshire East Council to aid the delivery and funding of the highway mitigation measures required for the proposed A6- Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6-MARR).

    The decision notice for the A6-MARR scheme had been published by the Council in June 2014 (ref 13/4355M) and conditions attached to it included the design and delivery of an extensive programme of highway mitigation measures in locations where it had been demonstrated there would be a traffic impact as a result of the scheme.

    Extensive discussion with the A6-MARR team at a senior political and officer level had been successful in negotiating a contribution of £1,572,500 towards the delivery of these measures; this is in addition to a contribution of c£3.5M negotiated by senior politicians towards the delivery of Poynton Relief Road which will complement the delivery of the A6-MARR scheme.

    The Agreement requires the Council to use its best endeavours to discharge the planning conditions in relation to highway mitigation works prior to the opening of the A6-MARR scheme but it does not fetter its obligations as the local planning authority linked to the discharge of the planning conditions.

     

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Made at meeting: 15/12/2014 - Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Decision published: 15/12/2014

    Effective from: 23/12/2014

    Decision:

    That the Council enter into a Tri-partite Delivery Agreement with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Manchester City Council to aid the delivery of the A6-MARR, and to agree the financial contributions of £1,572,500 from Stockport MBC towards highway mitigation measures required pursuant to planning permission conditions.

     

    Wards affected: Disley; Handforth; Poynton East and Pott Shrigley; Poynton West and Adlington; Wilmslow Dean Row; Wilmslow East; Wilmslow Lacey Green; Wilmslow West and Chorley;


    15/12/2014 - Appendix 1 - Plan ref: 1557    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

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  • The Cheshire County Council (A34 Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Bypass) Compulsory Purchase Order 2004 had been made in accordance with a decision of the Environment Strategic Committee of the former Cheshire County Council, on 10 March 2004, and subsequently confirmed by the Secretary of State.

     

    Notices to enter and treat were served in relation to land in the ownership of the Claimant, shown edged red on the plan attached to the report, and comprises an area of approximately 0.53 hectares. The date of entry was 8 November 2008.  The site at the date of entry was landscaped. The Claimant subsequently obtained a Certificate of Appropriate Development under S17 of the Land Compensation Act 1961, for a small residential scheme for which planning permission would have been granted had the site not been acquired by the authority possessing compulsory purchase powers.  The site concerned was used for landscaping and protected species migration.  The decision notice from the Planning Authority was granted in January 2012 (12/0305M) and it granted a deemed consent for a small residential scheme had the land not been taken by compulsory powers. 

     

    The claimants are entitled to compensation for loss of development value and professional costs and the total payable was agreed on 10 September 2014.  To date no surveyors’ costs have been paid or out of pocket expenses + VAT; the final fee invoice has not yet been submitted and, therefore, fees are to be agreed with the agents subject to the receipt of final invoices to avoid delays.

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Finance

    Made at meeting: 15/12/2014 - Cabinet Member for Finance

    Decision published: 15/12/2014

    Effective from: 23/12/2014

    Decision:

    That the eligible sum, as detailed in the report, be paid to the Claimant, in full and final settlement of the Claimants’ claim for compensation for land taken plus the Claimant’s professional fees and statutory interest arising out of the A34 Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Bypass Compulsory Purchase 2004.

    Wards affected: Alderley Edge;


    09/12/2014 - Disposal of Assets for Economic Benefit - 1 ref: 1559    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report proposing the sale of Pym’s Lane Depot, Pym’s Lane, Crewe, to the adjacent land owner, Bentley Motors Ltd.

     

    The disposal would enable Bentley Motors Ltd to effect its expansion plans to build a new £40 million engineering, research and development centre as part of a wider £840 million investment programme, which would see the creation of 300 new jobs at the Crewe site. The Council had worked intensively with Bentley Motors to support the company’s expansion by unlocking key sites next to their existing operation.

     

    The sale of Pyms Lane Depot aligned with the Council’s Waste Strategy whereby a strategic asset would be acquired in the centre of the Borough. The proposed sale, which had been verified to be at market value, would generate a significant capital receipt to support the Council’s Waste Strategy.

     

    The report sought delegated authority to finalise the details of the proposed sale and options for a lease back of the site from Bentley Motors Ltd to allow a managed and controlled exit of the site, ensuring service continuity for residents. 

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    the freehold interest in the site listed in paragraph 1.3 of the report be sold to Bentley Motors Ltd upon the terms outlined within the report;

     

    2.    the Chief Executive and the Head of Legal Services, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, declare the land surplus to requirements and be given delegated authority to finalise the details of the sale in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the report to ensure the protection and continued delivery of the Council’s waste service; and

     

    3.    the Chief Executive and the Head of Legal Services, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, be given delegated authority to finalise the details of  lease back arrangements in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the report.

     


    09/12/2014 - Putting our Residents First by Tackling Problem Gambling ref: 1561    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report setting out proposals to tackle problem gambling.

     

    The proposals were:

     

    §  To block access to online gambling websites from Council public computers in libraries and any other Council computers used by residents.

     

    §  To back a national campaign with 90 other Councils to ask the Government to reduce the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2 per spin.

     

    The policy to block access to gambling websites would enable the Council to take further action to protect people from falling into debt. 

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    a policy be introduced to block access to gambling websites through public PCs in libraries and other Council buildings; and

     

    2.    Cabinet endorses the national campaign to get Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) stakes reduced from £100 to £2 per spin.

     


    09/12/2014 - Procurement of Security Contract at Crewe Business Park (Ref CE 14/15-32) ref: 1563    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on the requirement to re-tender and award a three year security contract, including the granting of a three year lease for the security office, at Crewe Business Park, Crewe.

     

    There was a requirement to have the new contract in place by 1st May 2015. The cost of the security service currently provided was in the region of £200,000 a year for three years. The cost was recovered by the service charge, payable quarterly in advance by all occupying companies on the business park. As part of the contract the provider would be required to enter into a lease agreement with the Council for the occupation of the security office. The Council would receive a rental income of £500.00 per calendar month from the security provider for the lease of the office.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    approval be given for Cheshire East Council to re-tender and award for a 3 year security contract to provide security services at Crewe Business Park, Crewe and to grant a lease to the successful bidder to occupy Crewe Business Park’s security office to coincide with the contract for service delivery, both contract and lease to be on terms and conditions to be determined by the Chief Operating Officer as s151 Officer in consultation with the Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer; and

     

    2.    authority be delegated to the Chief Operating Officer as s151 Officer in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer, to award the security contract to the highest scoring bidder against the pre-determined evaluation criteria.

     


    09/12/2014 - Moving to Local and Personalised Carer Respite ref: 1558    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    At the resumption of the meeting, Councillor Clowes began by thanking the speakers for their contributions. She then commented that Mr and Mrs Gazzard in particular had made some suggestions about a possible way forward and that these had been considered during the adjournment.

     

    Councillor Raynes, the Portfolio Holder for Finance, announced that the cost of keeping the Council’s two respite centres open for another year would be in the order of £1M which would be affordable and the Council would still be able to deliver a balanced budget.

     

    The Leader then announced that the Cabinet would be asked to endorse the respite care report but with a number of amendments to the recommendations. Members had regard to the report on the agenda.

     

    In light of the reassurances given by the Finance Portfolio Holder with regard to the affordability of additional resources, the Leader, Councillor Michael Jones, announced that Lincoln House and Hollins View would remain open while the Council continued to explore the development of alternative forms of respite care provision across the Borough with potential partners. Councillor Clowes then set out three proposed amendments to the recommendations in the report.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That the recommendations in the report be approved as amended as follows:

     

    1.    with regard to respite residential support for older people and those with dementia, Cabinet approves the option to continue to provide residential carer respite at Lincoln House and Hollins View alongside recommendations 2 to 7 below;

    2.    Cabinet approves the adoption of additional residential carer respite support to address wider identified local need;

     

    3.    the respite provision for adults with learning disability continue at Lincoln House;

     

    4.    officers be authorised to take all necessary actions to implement the proposal;

     

    5.    it be noted that officers are reviewing with the Council’s health partners’ new and enhanced ways of offering intermediate care services, which may result in alternate services being provided from Local Authority buildings;

     

    6.    Intermediate Care bed based services continue to operate from Lincoln House and Hollins View until the end of May 2015, and further discussions take place to confirm the full range of Intermediate Care services available beyond this date; and

     

    7.    Cabinet approves the review of the collective carer respite options in line with the Care Act.

     


    09/12/2014 - Macclesfield Heritage and Culture Strategy (Ref CE 14/15-35) ref: 1560    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered the adoption of a Heritage and Culture Strategy for Macclesfield town centre.

     

    The Strategy was a response to a strategic theme identified in the ‘Macclesfield Town Centre Vision’. It expressed an approach to Macclesfield’s cultural landscape to 2024, providing an outline plan for delivery. It set the tone and framework for culture led regeneration in the town-centre and provided a context for skills, creative industries, the cultural/visitor economy, project development, investment and funding applications.

     

    An executive summary of the Strategy was attached as Appendix 1 to the report and the current action plan was attached at Appendix 2.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    the Heritage and Culture Strategy for Macclesfield town centre be approved and adopted; and

     

    2.    the management and delivery arrangements set out in the report be endorsed.

     


    09/12/2014 - Vulnerable and Older Persons Handyperson Service (Ref CE 14/15-34) ref: 1562    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report seeking authority to transfer the existing Vulnerable and Older Persons’ Handyperson Service to Orbitas Bereavement Services Ltd., one of the Council’s alternative service delivery vehicles.

     

    By utilising the commercial flexibility afforded to Orbitas, the Council had the opportunity to develop practical home services that met the needs and aspirations of vulnerable and older local residents at an early stage in order to avoid or delay any dependence on statutory services. The expectation of Cheshire East was that Orbitas would expand the business, providing an enhanced offer to its residents at an affordable price. This would be overseen through a contract monitoring process. The estimated aggregated contract value was £700,000 over a 5 year timeframe. 

     

    It was noted that paragraph 8.3 of the report had been deleted.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    officers be authorised to enter into contractual arrangements with Orbitas Bereavement Services Ltd for the company to act as an agent of the Council in the delivery of the Vulnerable and Older Persons’ Handyperson Service for a term of five years; and

     

    2.    staff currently employed by the Council in the delivery of the Vulnerable and Older Persons’ Handyperson Service be transferred to Orbitas Bereavement Services Ltd in accordance with TUPE regulations. 

     


    09/12/2014 - Council Tax Base 2015/16 ref: 1564    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 09/12/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 12/12/2014

    Effective from: 20/12/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on the Council Tax Base for the year 2015/16.

     

    The report set out the tax base calculation for recommendation from Cabinet to Council.

     

    The calculation set out the estimates of new homes less the expected level of discounts and the level of Council Tax Support. This resulted in a band D equivalent tax base position for each Town and Parish Council. The details were attached to the report at Appendix A.

     

    The tax base reflected growth of 0.9% on the 2014/15 position, highlighting the positive changes locally in terms of additional new homes, more properties brought back into use and reduced Council Tax Support payments. Over the last 5 years the tax base (excluding the impact of Council Tax Support) had increased by 4.8%.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet

     

    1.    in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992, recommends to Council the amount to be calculated by Cheshire East Council as its Council Tax Base for the year 2015/16 as 138,764.49 for the whole area;

     

    2.    agrees that the Council Tax Support Scheme be unchanged for 2015/16 other than revising allowances to reflect the uprating in the Housing Benefit rules; and

     

    3.    notes that the Council Tax Support Scheme will be reviewed during 2015/16.