Decisions

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

27/04/2015 - Policy for the Allocation of Community Grants ref: 1626    Recommendations Approved

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  • Consideration needs to be given to the Policy for the Allocation of Community Grants for the financial year 2015/16.  The policy addresses the governance arrangements, procedure and monitoring process which facilitate the grants scheme.

     

    The aim of the Community Grants Scheme is to support small scale community projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities.  In accordance with the Policy grants will be awarded to organisations, projects and events which meet the Council’s Residents First Outcomes. 

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Made at meeting: 27/04/2015 - Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    That

     

    1.    the amended Policy for the Allocation of Community Grants as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be approved and adopted subject to the additional amendments agreed at the meeting as set out below:

     

    • para 3.6 – amend the opening sentence by the deletion of the words “and reduce the demand on mainstream services”, and amend the final paragraph by the deletion of the words “and have not received a grant from Cheshire East Council previously” and the insertion of the sentence “Organisations applying for the first time will be given additional priority, provided all other conditions are satisfied”.

     

    • para 3.6.7 – to read “putting residents first and contributing primarily to outcomes 1, 3 or 5 as set out in section 1.2 of the Policy”

     

    2.    the transfer of remaining Giveback funding into the Community Grants Scheme be approved; and

     

    3.    authority be delegated to the Portfolio Holder to make further minor amendments to the Policy limited to adding new categories in the event that any additional funding is made available within the 2015/16 budget year and the Portfolio Holder considers it appropriate to add new categories to the scheme to meet the Residents First Outcomes.

     


    27/04/2015 - Allocation of Community Grants ref: 1625    Recommendations Approved

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  • Cheshire East Council has received various applications for community grants to be considered in line with the Council’s Policy for the Allocation of Community Grants. Each grant application is outlined in the report, as is the reason for the recommendation in respect of that application.

     

    The aim of the grants is to support small scale community projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities. Grants will be awarded to organisations/project/events which meet the priorities in the Cheshire East Sustainable Community Strategy.

     

    This is the first round of grants for 2015/16 and all those proposed can be funded from within existing budgets approved as part of the Council’s Budget for 2015/16.

               

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Made at meeting: 27/04/2015 - Cabinet Member for Strategic Outcomes

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    That the following grants be awarded, declined or deferred as follows: -

     

     

    Activities      

    Alderley Edge May Fair                              Awarded £1,000

    Audlem Music & Arts Annual Festival     Awarded £1,000

    Audlem Special Events Team                   Awarded £1,000

    Audlem Youth Club                                                Awarded £500

    Autism Inclusive                                          Awarded £500

    Bickerton Village Hall                                 Awarded £750

    Carers Trust 4 All                                         Awarded £1,000

    Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sport

    and the Arts                                                  Awarded £750

    Cheshire East ABC                                     Awarded £750

    C M Vision                                                    Awarded £750

    Community Spirit                                         Awarded £750

    Congleton Choral Society                          Awarded £750

    CYGNETS                                                     Awarded £1,000

    Family History Society - Crewe                 Declined

    Friends of Congleton Park                         Awarded £500

    Macclesfield Academy Learning

    Community                                                   Deferred

    Macclesfield and District Sheep Dog

    Trials Association                                        Awarded £1,000

    Macclesfield Community Partnership      Declined

    Mobility and Access Group                        Deferred

    Nantwich Choral Society                           Awarded £750

    One World 2015                                           Awarded £800

    Sandbach Ceilidhs                                     Awarded £451

    Sandbach Voices                                        Awarded £500

    SOL Theatre School                                    Awarded £1,000

    Team Congleton Ltd                                    Awarded £1,000

    The Alderley Edge Orchestra                    Awarded £350

    The Lindow Singers                                                Awarded £400

    The Sandstone Ridge Trust                       Awarded £500

    Wheelock Holiday Club                              Awarded £130

    Wilmslow Symphony Orchestral

    Society                                                           Awarded £350

    Wybunbury World War One

    Community Group                                       Declined

     

    Facilities      

    Bollington Community Centre                   Awarded £3,500

    Bollington Initiative Trust                            Declined

    Bunbury Playground Committee              Declined

    Croft Village Memorial Hall                                    Declined

    Disley Cricket Club                                      Awarded £2,500

    Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre                  Declined

    Nantwich Methodist Church                      Awarded £750

    Over Water Wheely Boat Project               Awarded £3,500

    Pott Shrigley Cricket Club                          Awarded £750

    Sandbach Gymnastics Supporters           Awarded £2,000

    St John’s Pre School                                  Declined

    St Stephen’s Methodist Church                Awarded £1,750


    27/04/2015 - Sandbach Town Council Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 Consultation ref: 1624    Recommendations Approved

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  • Sandbach Town Council has produced a draft Neighbourhood Plan and are seeking representations on its content.

     

    The reasons for each recommendation are outlined in the consultation response attached at Appendix 1 of the report. Neighbourhood Plans must be produced to support sustainable development and meet the basic conditions as outlined at para 8(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. They must be produced in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the strategic policies of the adopted local plan. In Cheshire East the relevant adopted local plan consists of the saved policies held within the Congleton Borough Local Plan 2011.

     

    This response takes into account the NPPF. The existing Congleton Borough Local Plan,  the emerging Cheshire East Council Local Plan Strategy, and other relevant legislation including the Localism Act 2011, and the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012.

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Jobs

    Made at meeting: 27/04/2015 - Cabinet Member for Housing and Jobs

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    RESOLVED

     

    That the comments and recommendations shown in Appendix 1 of the report be submitted to Sandbach Town Council as Cheshire East Council’s formal response to the Sandbach Town Council Neighbourhood Plan consultation subject to the inclusion in paragraph 3.4 of the comment that Cheshire East Council is supportive of the allocation of the site for employment use.

     


    27/04/2015 - Proposed Adoption of Amendments to the Boundary of the Sandbach Town Centre Conservation Area and Adoption of the Associated Character Appraisal and Management Plan ref: 1623    Recommendations Approved

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  • Local Authorities have a statutory responsibility to manage the built heritage of their area including the periodic review of conservation areas and to formulate and publish proposals for preservation and enhancement of those areas.

     

    Sandbach Town Centre Conservation Area was first designated in 1970.  An appraisal was prepared for that designated area.  Since then the conservation area has been extended on two more occasions, the first in 1976 and more recently in 1995.  Neither of those extensions were the subject of updated appraisals or management proposals and therefore the appraisal and management proposal coverage is incomplete and where there is coverage, it is over 40 years old.

     

    The review has comprised the preparation of a character appraisal for the conservation area, a review of the conservation area boundary and preparation of draft management proposals for the conservation area, including a draft management plan.  An extensive programme of consultation was undertaken, some of which was undertaken jointly with Sandbach Town Council. 

     

    Given the consultation responses and the recent planning appeal decisions at Dingle Farm, it is proposed that a further, targeted review be undertaken at the earliest opportunity to consider extending the conservation area further to include the paddocks and land associated with Dingle Farm within the Conservation Area.  This will include appropriate consultation, as required by the legislation and to reflect the community consultation procedures of the Council.

     

     

     

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Jobs

    Made at meeting: 27/04/2015 - Cabinet Member for Housing and Jobs

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    RESOLVED

     

    1.    That officers be authorised to undertake the necessary notification of amendment to the Conservation Area as required by Section 70 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and also be authorised to carry out the necessary amendments to the Conservation Area character appraisal and associated management plan and to publish them accordingly, as set out in 10.17 to 10.20 of the report.

     

    2.    That officers be authorised to engage in the implementation of actions within the Management Plan in accordance with standing orders and subject to separate reporting requirements as deemed necessary on an action by action basis.

     

    3.    That officers be requested to carry out a further review of the Conservation Area boundary adjacent to Dingle Farm at the earliest possible time.

     


    21/04/2015 - Update on Congleton Leisure Centre ref: 1632    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on the development of a business case for the enhancement of the Congleton Leisure Centre.

     

    The key messages from a pre-consultation survey in Congleton were that residents would like most to see modernisation/replacement of the existing leisure centre. Additionally, there was no strong public desire to re-locate the leisure centre, nor to re-locate a wider range of services for vulnerable adults or children onto the site.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet

     

    1.    authorises the development of a detailed business case for the enhancement of the existing leisure centre facility, thereby allowing the Project Board to progress the modernisation of the existing leisure facilities, through a consideration of refurbishment, enhancement and new build options, including the possible provision of a new swimming pool; and

     

    2.    authorises the Project Board to review the financial structure for the scheme including the exploration of alternative financial delivery models to explore and determine the best overall solution for local residents in Congleton and the surrounding rural communities.

     

     

     

     


    21/04/2015 - Update on Macclesfield Town Centre Regeneration ref: 1636    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    The Leader was of the opinion that this matter was urgent and could not wait until the next meeting because of the need to ensure that regeneration for Macclesfield should not be delayed further by the recent news that Debenhams, the key anchor of the Silk Street Scheme, had withdrawn.

     

    Cabinet considered an update on the Macclesfield town centre regeneration, including a proposal that the Macclesfield Town Centre Vision Design Board be empowered to investigate options for accelerating the delivery of a leisure scheme for the town centre, and to capture the views of the local community regarding the ambitions and aspirations for the town centre.

     

    Councillor J P Findlow, Portfolio Holder for Governance, reported comments received from Councillor H Gaddum.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    the Macclesfield Town Centre Vision Design Board, working with local Ward Members and the newly-formed Town Council, be empowered to advise the Council regarding:

     

                  i.    An appropriate town centre boundary to help determine the focus of regeneration activity in the town centre;

     

                ii.    Accelerating the delivery of a leisure scheme in Macclesfield town centre;

     

               iii.    How a leisure scheme will align with the Vision for the town centre, and with the aspirations and ambitions of the Council, local residents and businesses;

     

               iv.    Assessment and recommendations on the development of a wider regeneration strategy for the town centre.

     

                v.    An appropriate strategy for car parking charges within the town centre boundary to contribute fully to the future regeneration of the town centre.

     

    2.    the Design Board be asked to submit a report to the Council outlining the potential options to take forward a leisure scheme, and how this will fit within a wider package of regeneration initiatives in the town centre. 

     

     


    21/04/2015 - Innovation Bid ref: 1635    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report confirming receipt of DfE Innovation Fund monies for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme: Project Crewe, and seeking authority for the Council to act as accountable body.

     

    The report outlined the proposed investment, why it was innovative and the outcomes it was expected to deliver. In addition, the report sought the necessary financial approvals for the programme.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    the Council be authorised to act as accountable body for the DfE Section 31 Grant funded Innovation Programme;

     

    2.    a supplementary revenue estimate for 2015/16 of £998k be approved; and

     

    3.    it be noted that a further revenue estimate of £899k will be required as part of budget setting for the 2016/17 budget.

     

    At the conclusion of this item, the Leader, on behalf of the Cabinet, thanked Tony Crane, the outgoing Director of Children's Services, for his service to the Council and wished him well for the future.

     


    21/04/2015 - Crewe Bus Interchange Facility ref: 1629    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on a feasibility study and site option appraisal in relation to a proposed bus interchange facility for Crewe.

     

    The current operator and lessee of Crewe bus station, Arriva, had given notice of its intention to cease operations from 1st May 2016 when the current lease arrangement expired. In the short term there was a need to identify an interim replacement bus interchange facility in the town centre.

     

    The report focused on addressing the town’s bus infrastructure needs both now and in the immediate future. The feasibility study work completed to date had identified and sifted the potential options as outlined in the report. A plan illustrating the on-street option was circulated at the meeting.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    the progress to date on the feasibility study and emerging options be noted;

     

    2.    the officers be authorised to widen the scope of the feasibility study to consider the potential to retain the operation of the bus station at the existing site for a short period from 1 May 2016;

     

    3.    the officers be authorised to widen the scope of the site option appraisal in light of the potential acquisition of the ‘Royal Arcade’ site to establish whether additional options for a new bus interchange facility exist; and

     

    4.    the officers be authorised to undertake stakeholder engagement and public consultation co-ordinated with the planned consultation on the Town Centre Regeneration Delivery Framework.

     

     

     

     

     

     


    21/04/2015 - Investment to secure the Square Kilometre Array Project ref: 1631    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on an investment and support package in connection with the Square Kilometre Array project at Jodrell Bank.

    Jodrell Bank was currently competing internationally to retain the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and headquarter status for a further 50 years. Retaining the headquarters of the SKA project was estimated to be worth £1 billion of private sector investment and would help to secure a further 200 on site high value jobs, along with giving additional benefit to the visitor economy in Cheshire. The Council was committed to supporting the growth and success of the Jodrell Bank site as a unique asset in the Cheshire Science Corridor and had facilitated discussions with the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank and the Science and Technology Facilities Council to develop a strong vision and action plan for the future of the site. This would include the investment of £1million by the Council via the capital programme into a package of activity and support. Further details were set out in the report.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet

     

    1.    approves the investment of £1million by the Council via the capital programme into a package of activity and support, focusing on connectivity and asset enhancement as part of the SKA project and headquarter retention;

     

    2.    delegates the final investment decision to the Executive Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Housing, and the Portfolio Holder for Resources and S151 Officer; and

     

    3.    requests that officers undertake all necessary due diligence including the development of a full business case, subject to the retention of the SKA project at Jodrell Bank.

     

     

     

     

     


    21/04/2015 - Expansion Options - Snow Hill Car Park, Nantwich ref: 1633    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report seeking approval to authorise further investigation, preliminary design, and financial appraisal for the expansion of Snow Hill Car Park in Nantwich.

     

    Appendix A to the report set out the available options to expand the existing car park within land owned by the Council. It was proposed to investigate the options further with a view to ensuring that the final design took into account the potential growth aspirations for Nantwich, together with ensuring that the facilities were fully utilised.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That further investigation, preliminary design and financial appraisal be undertaken for the expansion of Snow Hill Car Park, Nantwich.

     


    21/04/2015 - Procurement of Fresh Meat and Fresh Meat Products including Poultry ref: 1634    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on the procurement of fresh meat and fresh meat products including poultry.

     

    The Corporate Procurement Unit had researched the procurement options available to manage establishing a new contract in the timescales available, which could supply the range of products required at competitive prices. The most appropriate route was a full procurement in line with EU regulations, exploring variable ‘lots’ or sizes of contracts to support local / Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) suppliers who may wish to engage with the Council. The new contract term was proposed to run from 1st October 2015 initially for a two year period until 30th September 2017, with options to extend the contract for two separate periods of one year each until 30th September 2019.

     

    Councillor Rachel Bailey, Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding Children and Adults, commented that the procurement was key to the rural economy of Cheshire East.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    new contract(s) be procured for a period of two years with two possible extension periods each of 12 months, with contracts being awarded to the highest scoring tenderers; and

     

    2.    it be noted that new contract(s) need to be in place by 1st October 2015.

     


    21/04/2015 - Crewe High Growth City - London and Continental Railways Agreement ref: 1630    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on developing an HS2 regeneration plan for Crewe and Middlewich in collaboration with London and Continental Railways, a key regeneration agency. Proposed Heads of Terms for any Collaboration Agreement were set out in Annex A to the report.It was considered that having the insight and experience of LCR was extremely attractive and would bring direct access to key Government Departments and Agencies.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet

     

    1.    approves the commencement of work on developing an HS2 regeneration plan for Crewe and Middlewich;

     

    2.    based on the Heads of Terms and Memorandum of Understanding for Collaborative Working, as set out in Annex A to the report, agrees to enter into a collaborative working arrangement with LCR to support development and delivery of a HS2 regeneration plan for Crewe and Middlewich;

     

    3.    endorses the release of £200,000 from the Council’s budget allocation for Crewe HS2 High Growth City to commence the development of the HS2 regeneration plan for Crewe and Middlewich; and

     

    4.    notes that if Government formally commits to HS2 to Crewe, further funding support for this work is anticipated.     

     


    21/04/2015 - Crewe Town Centre Regeneration Delivery Framework for Growth ref: 1628    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 21/04/2015 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 28/04/2015

    Effective from: 07/05/2015

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on a draft Crewe Town Centre Regeneration Framework for Growth.

     

    The Framework was attached as Appendix 1 to the report and set out a vision for the immediate future of Crewe town centre ahead of the opportunities that could emerge from HS2. As well as the physical development of key sites, the Framework recognised the need to ensure that the public realm was enhanced and that provision was made for improving the use of green spaces in the town.

     

    The Framework identified three priority actions requiring consideration: the tightening of planning policy to strengthen the position of the town centre in competition with out-of-centre locations; the opportunity to acquire key town centre properties to help deliver the regeneration of the town centre; and taking forward options for the provision of a bus interchange to improve accessibility by public transport for local residents.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet

     

    1.            supports the strengthening of Crewe town centre in terms of its boundary and the range of uses within it, to ensure it can be more competitive against out-of-centre developments, with consolidation of the town centre’s retail and leisure core;

     

    2.            considers and endorses the draft Crewe Town Centre Regeneration Framework for Growth report (Appendix 1 to the report), including the vision, objectives and action plan;

     

    3.            agrees to further consultation with key stakeholders prior to formal approval of the Framework by Cabinet, including specific consultation on the planning policy approach as identified below;

     

    4.            endorses the policy approach identified in the Framework report (Appendix 1 Para 5.19 – 5.26 and Para 11.9 - 11.15 of the report) that:

     

                        (i)        from a planning perspective, the primary objective must be to protect the Town Centre from uses, within it and in the wider area, that will undermine its vitality and viability as a Town Centre;

     

                      (ii)        supports a limited extension to the indicative Crewe town centre boundary, which includes the Tesco supermarket. This will inform the identification of the town centre boundary in the Site Allocations and Development Policies element of the Local Plan; and

     

                     (iii)        sees the focus within the defined Town Centre being clearly on uses which support the Town Centre including retail, leisure, business and residential uses with each application being considered on its merits in terms of how it can support the objectives for the Town Centre. This is supported by policy EG5 (Promoting a Town Centre First Approach to Retail and Commerce) and Strategic Location SL 1 Central Crewe in the emerging Local Plan Strategy; and

     

    5.            notes that the development of the draft Regeneration Delivery Framework for Growth, in promoting the economic prosperity of Crewe town centre, has a direct relationship with residents and businesses across the wider South Cheshire area, including communities in the town’s rural hinterland.

     


    27/04/2015 - Regulating Paid Fundraisers in Cheshire East ref: 1627    Recommendations Approved

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  • As a Residents First and Enforcing Council, Cheshire East Council is  spearheading a move to tackle the problem of 'nuisance’ street fundraisers - or ‘chuggers’; shoppers have complained about aggressive ‘hard sells’ and constant pestering to provide direct debit details by some fundraisers in the street.

     

    The problem for all towns across the country is that there is no statutory legislation that covers in detail the activities of “chuggers” and as Enforcing Council we have, therefore, looked for other ways to address this.  We have had very positive meetings with our Town Councils, and with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association who can provide a voluntary code with sanctions for aggressive behaviour.

     

    As a result it is proposed that a site management agreement be introduced; this aims to protect and support local residents from unacceptable conduct and harassment by some street fundraisers.  At the same time it will be ensured that the reputable and considerate charity collectors are protected and supported as these are the lifeblood of our communities and they do great work.  This initiative also aims to assist retailers who are concerned that shoppers are being put off coming by the activities of ‘chuggers’ on our high streets.

    Decision maker: Cabinet Member for Localism and Enforcement

    Made at meeting: 27/04/2015 - Cabinet Member for Localism and Enforcement

    Decision published: 27/04/2015

    Effective from: 06/05/2015

    Decision:

    1.    That approval be given to adopt the Site Management Agreement with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, as set out in Appendix A of the report.

     

    2.    That the Town Councils be thanked for their input into to Site Management Agreement, and for their future involvement.