Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 1.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Paul Mountford  Tel: 01270 686472 Email:  paul.mountford@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Link: Meeting Recording

Items
No. Item

68.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

69.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session - Virtual Meetings

In accordance with paragraph 3.33 of the Cabinet Procedure Rules, a period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the meeting on any matter relevant to the work of the Cabinet. Individual members of the public may speak for up to two minutes. The Chairman or person presiding will have discretion to vary this requirement where he/she considers it appropriate.

 

Members of the public wishing to ask a question or make a statement at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Robert Douglas, Congleton Town Council, asked about the options for a new recycling site for Congleton.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Highways and Waste responded that the Council had consulted on a number of options for waste recycling sites, including consideration of a replacement for Congleton.  A proposal on the future shape of the service would be prepared following careful consideration of the responses from the Borough-wide consultation and a report would be submitted to a future Cabinet meeting.

 

Jane Smith, on behalf of Smallwood Toad Patrols, asked when the planned installation of toad crossing signs would take place.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Highways and Waste confirmed that toad warning signs were scheduled to be erected on Wednesday, 27th January 2021, which was before toad migration was expected to take place.

 

Sue Helliwell referred to the Active Travel Lodge Road Scheme in Alsager, and asked for details of the consultation with residents and the school before the trial scheme was implemented.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Highways and Waste responded that the Active Travel Scheme on Lodge Road, Alsager had been introduced as part of the emergency active travel measures funded by the Department for Transport. The scheme had been built on a temporary basis and, in accordance with regulations, seven days’ notice of the scheme had been given in advance of the works. Regular feedback on the proposals had been sought and changes had been made when necessary. Work was underway to develop options for permanent measures at this location, which would be consulted upon in advance of any works taking place.

 

70.

Questions to Cabinet Members - Virtual Meetings

A period of 20 minutes is allocated for questions to be put to Cabinet Members by members of the Council. A maximum period of two minutes will be allowed for each member wishing to ask a question. The Leader will have discretion to vary this requirement where he considers it appropriate. Members wishing to ask a question at the meeting should register to do so in writing by not later than 4.00 pm on the Friday in the week preceding the meeting. Members should include the general topic their question will relate to and indicate if it relates to an item on the agenda. Questions must relate to the powers, duties or responsibilities of the Cabinet. Questions put to Cabinet Members must relate to their portfolio responsibilities.

 

Where a question relates to a matter which appears on the agenda, the Leader may allow the question to be asked at the beginning of consideration of that item.

 

Minutes:

Councillor J Buckley asked if communities in areas where grittng routes were being removed could be consulted about the placement of extra grit bins.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Highways and Waste responded that the provision of grit bins was assessed on a variety of factors. There was a form on the Council’s website for requesting grit bins which she undertook to forward to Councillor Buckley.

 

Councillor J Clowes asked when the results of the winter gritting consultation would be available. She also commented that some roads in her ward which should have been gritted had not been; she asked if there were further prioritisation measures involved.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Highways and Waste responded that the outcome of the first review of Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure would be published by April to allow time to plan for winter 21/22. This would be communicated to members at that time. She also advised Councillor Clowes to raise the issue regarding ungritted roads in her ward through the Member Enquiries Service.

 

Councillor J P Findlow referred to the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone and its impact on cross-boundary travel.

 

The Deputy Leader indicated that the Council had responded to the consultation on the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone by making three specific requests, which he outlined. He undertook to share the consultation response with all members. A response to the Council’s response was awaited.

 

Councillor S Pochin asked about the number of unemployed people in Cheshire East at the end of 2019 and the corresponding number at the end of 2020, and how coronavirus was impacting jobs in the Borough. She also sought an assurance that the Council was dealing with requests for support funding from local businesses in a timely fashion and issuing grants where justifiable.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regeneration responded with details of the relevant unemployment figures. He also outlined the financial support available to local businesses and the way in which requests for support were dealt with. He undertook to provide the full details of his response to Councillor Pochin. The Deputy Leader added that the Council had held regular business forums with representatives of the local business community since the start of the pandemic to provide an opportunity to share information, including details of the support available to businesses.

 

Councillor J Saunders, referring to the effect of the pandemic on schools, asked the Portfolio Holder for Children and Families if she agreed that all school staff should receive a vaccination as a priority and, if so, she would lobby the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation which advises on the priority of vaccinations.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Children and Families responded that she did believe that school staff should be prioritised and whilst this was a matter for the Government and the NHS, she would be looking to lend her support to any requests by the teaching unions for prioritisation. She added that testing was regularly taking place in schools which helped to identify cases which were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 1st December 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 1st December 2020 be approved as a correct record.

 

72.

Corporate Parenting Committee Annual Report 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the Corporate Parenting Committee Annual Report 2019-20 and proposed revisions to the Committee’s terms of reference.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the Corporate Parenting Committee Annual Report 2019-20 and proposed revisions to the Committee’s terms of reference.

 

Councillor J Saunders referred to the section of the Annual Report relating to Bespoke Children’s Homes and the provision of 12 places for Cheshire East children. She understood that at present, only six children were being cared for under the scheme and she sought an explanation.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Children and Families responded that there had been a delay in bringing a children’s home in Macclesfield into use. She undertook to provide further details in writing.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    endorses the Corporate Parenting Committee Annual Report 2019-20 as set out at Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

2.    endorses the Committee’s revised terms of reference at Appendix 1 within the Annual Report.

 

73.

Vision for Children and Young People in Cheshire East pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To consider a report on a vision for children and young people in Cheshire East.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report on a vision for children and young people in Cheshire East.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet agrees to

 

1.    endorse and adopt the vision for children and young people in Cheshire East;

 

2.    promote the vision widely; and

 

3.    ensure that the outcomes for children are achieved and decisions are made in children and young people’s best interests.

 

74.

Procurement of Facilities Management Services pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider a report which reviews the options for the procurement of facilities management services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report on the options for the procurement of facilities management services.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    approves the procurement of a Building Services contract (to be procured through the Facilities Management Marketplace Framework (RM3830);

 

2.    approves the procurement of  the Council’s energy supply via a flexible procurement approach and to award a contract for a maximum period  of 5 years;

 

3.    notes that the Council will enter into individual Memoranda of Understanding with such Schools and Academies that indicate they wish to participate in the energy supply contract (subject to the Council’s contract with the successful provider allowing such participation); and

 

4.    delegates authority to the Executive Director Place in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regeneration and the Director of Governance and Compliance to award contracts to providers meeting the specified requirements.