Decisions

Decisions published

25/11/2022 - Officer Decision: Rural Fund addendum to the UKSPF Investment Plan for Cheshire East ref: 2715    Recommendations Approved

Corporate Policy Committee on 6 October 2022 delegated submission of a completed Rural Fund addendum to the UKSPF Investment Plan for Cheshire East to the Executive Director – Place.

Decision Maker: Executive Director Place

Decision published: 30/11/2022

Effective from: 08/12/2022

Decision:

The Chief Executive and S151 Officer approve the Rural England Prosperity Fund Addendum to the UKSPF Investment Plan to comply with the requirements of the UKSPF government prospectus.


18/11/2022 - Significant Officer Decision: Holiday Activity Fund ref: 2713    Recommendations Approved

To offer initial contracts to suppliers for the Holiday Activity Fund grant for an initial length of 15 months, with the optional extension of 12 months.

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children’s Services.

Decision published: 29/11/2022

Effective from: 07/12/2022

Decision:

To offer initial contracts to the following suppliers for the Holiday Activity Fund grant for an initial length of 15 months, with the optional extension of 12 months: (This list includes the amount of funding they have requested to deliver this programme)

-       Cheshire Arts for Health

-       Cheshire Young Carers

-       Congleton Education

-       Crewe Alexandra

-       Crewe YMCA

-       Everybody Sport and Recreation

-       Genius Tuition Ltd

-       Holiday Zone Ltd

-       Leighton Academy

-       LSC

-       Marlfields Primary School

-       Millfields Primary School

-       Monks Coppenhall

-       Multiflex School

-       NAR Sports

-       Scholar Green

-       Sport Works

-       Sports Coaching Group

-       St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery

-       The Social Farm

-       Wishing Well

Targeted group providers which we intend to award contracts to as there is ‘an identifiable need’ within the area they deliver in (4.1 HAF ITT Guidance Document):  

- Caudwell Children

- Coding Coach Ltd

- Multiflex Sports

- Sandbach School

- SportsCool Cheshire

 

The total requested for the first 15 months: £846,728.16

The total requested for the first 15 months, including the 12-month extension: £1,486,306.72 i.e. the overall contract value for the procurement as a whole.

 


21/11/2022 - Care at Home Recommissioning briefing ref: 2711    For Determination

To consider a report amending the timetable for recommissioning Care at Home services and the reasons for the revised timescale along with the plans to develop a new model for Care at Home.

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 21/11/2022 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 24/11/2022

Effective from: 02/12/2022

Lead officer: Joanne Sutton


21/11/2022 - Right to Food Report ref: 2709    For Determination

To outline the outcome of the spotlight review and approve/comment on any associated recommendations.

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 21/11/2022 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 24/11/2022

Effective from: 02/12/2022

Decision:

The committee received a report which explored the issues of food poverty and insecurity in Cheshire East following the Spotlight Review which took place on the 30th June 2022. The Spotlight Review followed the Notice of Motion submitted to Full Council on the 22 June 2021 that the ‘Right to Food’ be incorporated in to the ‘National Food Strategy’. Following the referral of the Notice of Motion to Adults and Health Committee it was agreed that the Council “should develop its own Right to Food Strategy that meets local anticipated need over the next 4 years which aligns to the Corporate Plan; to include a spotlight review to develop the strategy”. The report outlined the findings from key research along with evidence from the Spotlight Review and the recommended actions to move forward.

 

The committee welcomed the report and Councillor Critchley was thanked for bringing the motion to Council.

 

RESOLVED: (Unanimously) That the Adults and Health Committee:-

Acknowledge and approve the Five [5] key strategic recommendations which have been made. [Appendix 1] Right to Food Event – Spotlight Review Report by ICE Creates for Cheshire East Council July 2022.

1.    Establish a working group and co-create a ‘Right to Food’ strategy with service users.

2.    Establish a referral pathway and process. Providing residents with long-term support to reduce the dependence on food banks.

3.    Utilise and upskill a volunteer workforce to advise, signpost and make referrals.

4.    In collaboration with the Food Network, provide a social space for information sharing.

5.    Collaborate with producers and manufacturers to support a food surplus model of food procurement.

 


21/11/2022 - Adult Social Care Winter Plan 2022-23 ref: 2710    For Determination

To receive an update on the schemes and actions being deployed to address winter pressures.

Decision Maker: Adults and Health Committee

Made at meeting: 21/11/2022 - Adults and Health Committee

Decision published: 24/11/2022

Effective from: 02/12/2022

Decision:

The committee received a report that set out the schemes and actions which were being deployed through 2022-23 to address winter pressures.

 

It was reported that over the last few months there had been significant emerging pressures in the social care market. The committee heard how the adult social care winter plan would form part of the wider system winter plan. A breakdown of the adult social care winter schemes and activities for 2022/23 was provided which would help reduce demand and winter scenario planning and communications would support the work being undertaken. A dashboard would be created to monitor progress.

 

In respect of members comments and questions it was reported by officers that:

 

-       All winter monies would be received into the Better Care Fund and additional winter monies would be allocated to various schemes.

-       Following the impact on quality improvement visits due to the pandemic there would be more focus on care homes as part of the winter schemes.

-       Two voluntary organisations had received funding for volunteers to help support discharge from hospital with tasks such as making sure homes were warm and safe.

It was requested that a list of the voluntary organisations be circulated to all members.

 

RESOLVED: (Unanimously) That:-

1.    The wider system winter plan as noted in Appendix 1 & 2 of the report be noted.

2.    The schemes/activities being deployed as part of the Adult Social Care Winter plan including winter scenario planning and communications be approved.

 


15/11/2022 - Housing Related Support Contract ref: 2707    Recommendations Approved

To advise the committee of the challenges the current provider is facing with fulfilling the contract and the options available to the Council to ensure that some of our most vulnerable residents receive the support they need.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Lead officer: Karen Carsberg


15/11/2022 - Section 106 Financial Contributions in lieu of Affordable Housing Policy Update ref: 2704    Recommendations Approved

To approve the revised policy in relation to the spending of S106 contributions received in lieu of affordable housing.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee considered the report which provide an update on the Section 106 financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing policy.

 

The policy had been approved by the Committee in September 2021 and it had been agreed that the policy would be reviewed on an annual basis and any changes reported to the Committee.

 

A review of the policy had taken place in August 2022 and a small number of amendments were required to the policy. These included updating the policy to align with the recent Subsidy Control advice, amending the decision maker for projects, in line with the most recent version of the Constitution, and including an additional priority which allowed funding from individual contributions to be combined with others, if a project required this.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously):  That the Committee

 

1          approve the updated S106 financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing policy, as set out in appendix 1 to the report.

 

2          note the changes made and delegate authority to approve any spends of financial contribution in lieu of affordable housing in line with the Cheshire East Council Constitution.

 


15/11/2022 - Crewe Regeneration Programme Update ref: 2706    Recommendations Approved

To provide an update on progress with the Crewe Town Centre Regeneration Programme.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee considered the report which provided an update on progress with the Crewe Town Centre regeneration programme, including projects supported by funding from the Future High Streets Fund and Towns Fund.

 

Crewe Town Board had undertaken an independent review to consider the cost and delivery risks facing the projects in the Towns Fund programme, particularly in relation to the increasing risk and potential impact of cost inflation.

The outcome of the review was to request the withdrawal of the Lyceum Powerhouse project from the programme, which would create a saving of £4,998,000, which would be reallocated across the programme.  As the accountable body for Crewe Town Board and the Towns Fund, the Council’s S151 officer was required to approve any change requests to the Government and given the significance of the decision, the Committee was asked to support this decision.

 

It was asked if the table at Appendix 2 to the report was up to date and if not, could the latest version be circulated to committee members.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously): That the Committee

 

1          note the report and agree to further briefings being brought to the committee on the Crewe Town Centre regeneration programme.

 

2          approve that submission of a request to Government to remove the Lyceum Powerhouse project from the Towns Fund programme and to delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Customer Services, in consultation with the Executive Director of Place and Crewe Town Board, to propose the reallocation of funding across the remaining Town Funds programme.

Lead officer: Jez Goodman


15/11/2022 - The Introduction of a Private Landlord Offer Scheme ref: 2703    Recommendations Approved

To approve the implementation of a Private Rented Incentive Scheme to enable officers to work with private sector landlords to secure affordable rented accommodation.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee considered the Private Landlord Offer Scheme which was being proposed to provide the Housing Options Team with the ability to negotiate with Private Sector Landlords to secure private rented accommodation for those who were a priority on the social housing waiting list or were currently homeless.

 

The Scheme would provide the council with the ability to directly refer prospective tenants to a landlord who had agreed to the terms of the scheme.  The scheme aimed to provide enhanced financial cover to landlords and provide peace of mind that they would have a dedicated liaison officer who would be on hand to support them with any issues.  It was proposed that the scheme would be piloted for a period of two years.  The Committee requested that an update on the scheme be brought back in 12 months’ time.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee

 

1          approves the Private Landlord Offer Scheme, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, including the adoption of a rent guarantee to underwrite a tenant’s rent liability, and a finder’s fee to encourage uptake from private landlords to accept referrals and help address housing need in the borough.

 

2          authorise the Director of Growth and Enterprise, in consultation with the Chair of the Economy and Growth Committee, to make further minor amendments to the scheme to ensure ongoing compliance with the law and guidance from the Government.


15/11/2022 - Housing Options Domestic Abuse Policy ref: 2702    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Housing Options Domestic Abuse Policy, which outlines the services commitment to supporting those affected by domestic abuse, which is in line with the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee considered the Housing Option’s Domestic Abuse policy, which had been developed to outline the services survivors/victims of domestic abuse would receive from the Housing Options Service. 

 

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 came into force on 29 April 2021 and introduced new duties on local authorities to ensure that all victims of domestic abuse and their children could access the right support in safe accommodation.

 

The Housing Options Team had been working towards gaining the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation, which was a scheme open to housing associations, local authority housing teams and homelessness providers across the UK to help improve their response to domestic abuse.   The Housing Options Team were assessed in June 2022 and successfully awarded the DAHA accreditation.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously):  That the Committee

 

1          approve the Housing Options Domestic Abuse Policy, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

2          delegates authority to make any future minor amendments or legislation changes to the policy to the Director of Growth and Enterprise in consultation with the Chair of the Economy and Growth Committee.

 

 


15/11/2022 - Disposal of Public Open Space Land off Talke Road, Alsager ref: 2701    Recommendations Approved

To provide all the relevant information, including the representations made in response to the intention to dispose of the Public Open Space land off Talke Road, Alsager for the purposes of the Council’s compliance with its obligation to give consideration to such objections.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee considered a report on the proposed disposal of public open space land at Talke Road, Alsager.

 

The Council was the freehold owner of the land which been included within the adopted Local Plan as a housing and employment site.   The Council was authorised to dispose of any land that it owned but where land could be regarded as open space, as defined under s336(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Council was required to advertise its intention to dispose of the land for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper circulating in the area in which the land was situated and then consider any objections received in response.

 

The disposal of the land had been advertised for two weeks in the local press in December 2021 and the objections/representations received were set out in appendices III and IV to the report.

 

The Committee had originally considered the disposal of the public open space land at its meeting on 31 May 2022 and had resolved that the decision be deferred to enable alternative potential uses of the land to be considered.   An Addendum to the report had been provided which set out details of alternative uses of the land and responded to questions raised by the Committee at its meeting on 31 May 2022.

 

Councillor Rod Fletcher, a ward councillor for Alsager, addressed the Committee setting out the history and previous use of the land under consideration.

 

The Committee asked questions on several matters including the definition of public open space, the use of the adjacent land, future uses of the land and type of housing, previous lapsed planning applications on the land, cost of decontamination of land, sale value on the open market and if the recovering of clinker on the site had been considered.

 

As a few the questions related to financial information, details of which were contained within the confidential appendix to the report, it was proposed and seconded that the meeting move into Part 2 to consider these matters.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items pursuant to Section 100(A) 4 of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended on the grounds that it involved the likely discussion of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of part 1 of the Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972

 

The Committee asked, and officers responded, to question on finance and other matters contained within the confidential appendix to the report.

 

It was moved and seconded that the Committee move back into Part 1 to allow the press and public to return to the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the meeting move back into Part 1 to enable the press and public to return to the meeting.

 

The Committee adjourned for a short break.

 

The Committee in considering the proposal to dispose of the public open spaces land raised the following matters during the debate:

·         the land being a brownfield site and labelled as such in the local plan, where it was identified for development

·         concern about the loss of open space for use by local residents

·         loss of trees and if tree preservations orders could be applied for

·         loss of biodiversity

·         concern about contamination of the site from previous use

·         could a percentage of the proceeds of a sale be used to improve biodiversity in Alsager and this be raised with future developer if the land was disposed of

·         sale would be capital receipt for the Council.

 

The recommendations of the report, having been moved and seconded, were put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee

 

1          having considered the responses received as a result of the public notices, approve the disposal of the public open space land off Talke Road, Alsager.

 

2          delegate power to the Head of Estates to negotiate and agree terms for the disposal of the land, and to instruct the Director of Governance and Compliance to negotiate and enter into the legal agreements necessary to facilitate the disposal of the land.

 

Lead officer: Andy Kehoe


15/11/2022 - Financial Review of 2022/23 ref: 2705    Recommendations Approved

To receive an update on the financial position for 2022/23. To note or approve virements and supplementary estimates as required.

Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee

Made at meeting: 15/11/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 29/11/2022

Decision:

The Committee received a report which provided an overview of the Cheshire East Council forecast outturn for the financial year 2022/23.

 

It was reported that a financial management training session would be held for members of the Committee on 5 December 2022.

 

The Committee noted the reduction in visitor numbers at Tatton Park and increases in costs increases due to inflation, and asked what the revenue budget was for Tatton Park.  It was agreed that this information would be circulated to committee members.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously):   That the Committee

 

1          note the report of the Finance Sub Committee of 9 November 2022 and specifically the recommendations of that Sub Committee:

           

            1.1       Finance Sub Committee recommend Services Committees to

           

1.1.1   note the financial update and forecast outturn relevant to their terms of reference.           

 

1.1.2.  note that officers will seek to improve the financial outturn across all Committees to mitigate the overall forecast overspend of the Council.

 

2          note Appendix 4 and the following sections specific to the Committee:

·         changes to Revenue budget 2022/23

·         Action Plan 2022/23

·         Corporate Grants Register

·         Debt Management

·         Capital Strategy

·         Reserve Strategy

Lead officer: Paul Goodwin


10/11/2022 - Officer Decision: Designation of Polling Places ref: 2708    Recommendations Approved

The approval of the Community Governance Review of Town and Parish Councils Governance in April 2022 has resulted in changes to the boundaries of a small number of town and parish councils.  As a consequence it is necessary to designate convenient polling places or stations for the new areas.

Decision Maker: Deputy Electoral Registration Officer

Decision published: 21/11/2022

Effective from: 10/11/2022

Decision:

To designate convenient polling places and stations for electors to vote within for the polling districts shown in the appendix to the decision record. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);