Decisions

Decisions published

09/02/2021 - Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Development Plan: Decision to Proceed to Referendum ref: 2435    Recommendations Approved

The Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to the Council in September 2020 and, following a statutory publicity period, progressed to independent examination.  The Examiner’s report has now been received and recommends that, subject to modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Planning

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 26/02/2021

Decision:

That the Portfolio Holder:

 

1          accepts the Examiner’s recommendations to make modifications to the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan as set out in the Examiner’s report:

 

2          confirms that it is the Councils intent to hold a referendum on the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan (as amended), within the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan area, at the earliest opportunity available after the current restrictions on polling are lifted; and

 

3          confirms that the Council will use the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan in planning decisions, giving policies significant weight so far as they are material to planning applications within the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Area.

Wards affected: Alderley Edge;

Lead officer: Tom Evans


02/02/2021 - Orbitas Bereavement Services Contract Extension ref: 2443    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on the extension of the contract between the Council and Orbitas Bereavement Services.

 

Cabinet had regard to the legal implications relevant to the decision as set out in Appendix A to the report. The Appendix contained exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings) and was therefore not for publication.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    approves that the contract between the Council and Orbitas Bereavement Services be modified by extending it by a period of one year, to 31 March 2022; and

 

2.    delegates authority to the Executive Director Place to take all necessary actions to implement the contract modification.

 


02/02/2021 - Third Quarter Review (FINANCE) 2020/21 ref: 2436    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on the Third Quarter Review (Finance) 2020/21.

 

The report had been considered by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 28th January 2021. Councillor J Clowes, Chairman of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, presented the Committee’s comments on the report to Cabinet and asked that they be appended to the Cabinet minutes.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regeneration reported additional funding that was likely to be made available to support the Council in relation to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and Green Homes Grant, which would require additional recommendations to Council for supplementary capital estimates. Further details were displayed on screen during the meeting and are appended to these minutes.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    notes the contents of the report, and annex, and the associated impact on reserves, and the Medium Term Financial Strategy, related to the outturn position and the deferral of certain Covid-19 related financial items;

 

2.    approves the management of any variation to the outturn as follows:

 

§  Surplus / Deficit in non-Covid-19 related expenditure / income is allocated to the Medium Term Financial Strategy Earmarked Reserve; and

 

§  Surplus / Deficit in Covid-19 related expenditure / income is allocated to the Covid-19 Earmarked Reserve;

 

3.    approves the supplementary revenue estimates of £620,000 relating to the Northern Powerhouse 11 grant and £921,000 Restrictions Support grant (Appendix 2 Table 1 to the report);

 

4.    notes the supplementary estimates approved to date in relation to Covid-19 activity (Appendix 2, Table 2);

 

5.    approves the supplementary capital estimates relating to schools condition capital grant £589,604, towns fund £750,000 and grant to support our carbon neutral ambition up to the value of £932,661 (Appendix 4, Annex C); and

 

6.    recommends to Council to approve:

 

  • fully funded supplementary revenue estimates above £1,000,000 relating to Covid-19 grants in accordance with Financial Procedure Rules as detailed in Appendix 2 Table 1.

 

  • supplementary capital estimate of £1,808,000 relating to Best4Business in accordance with Financial Procedure Rules as detailed in Appendix 4, Annex D.

 

  • an additional Supplementary Capital Estimate of up to £3,500,000 from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund to further the Council’s carbon neutrality objectives as detailed in the appendix to these minutes.

 

  • an additional Supplementary Capital Estimate in relation to £1,523,750 from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for Green Homes Grant, Local Authority Delivery Scheme Phase 1B (GHG LAD P1B) as detailed in the appendix to these minutes.

 


02/02/2021 - School and Early Years Funding Formula for 2021/22 ref: 2437    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on the School and Early Years Funding Formula for 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet approves:

 

1.    the Schools Funding Formula:

 

(a)  The use of a funding formula that uses the national funding formula factors with any additional funding being allocated via the basic entitlement.

 

(b)  The transfer from the schools block to the high needs block of up to 0.5% to assist with pressures if the Council’s application to the Department for Education is successful.

 

(c)  The use of +0.5% as the minimum funding guarantee percentage.  Meaning that individual school funding levels should increase by +0.5% compared to the 2020/21 level (subject to the items included in minimum funding guarantee protection) and excluding pupil number changes.

 

(d)  The Growth Fund at £0.8m.

 

2.    the Early Years Funding Formula:

 

(a)  The continued use of the current funding formula and agrees to increase the hourly rates by the same percentage increase as the increased funding from the Department for Education.

 

(b)  The use of summer 2019 rather than summer 2020 patterns of attendance to determine the level of deprivation funding from April 2021.

 

(c)  The new funding rates. The rates for 2020/21 are shown at Appendix 4 to the report and the proposed rates for 2021/22 are set out at Appendix 5.

 

(d)  Delegated authority to the Director of Prevention & Early Help to enter into revised contracts with providers in accordance with the Department for Education funding increase.

 

3.    the request for the Leader of the Council to write to the Secretary of State to raise concerns over the impact of the national funding formula on small and rural schools.

 


02/02/2021 - Policy on the Pre-purchase of Graves at Cheshire East Cemeteries ref: 2442    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on the adoption of a policy to cease advance purchases of graves in all cemeteries where there was less than 20 years of capacity of new grave supply.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    approves the revised Policy, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, for the pre-purchase of graves at Cheshire East managed Cemeteries; and

 

2.    delegates authority to the Executive Director- Place to take any necessary actions to implement the policy.

 


02/02/2021 - Occupational Health Contract Procurement ref: 2441    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:


02/02/2021 - Day Opportunities Strategy and Redesign ref: 2438    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on developing a strategic vision for all day opportunities services in Cheshire East.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet approves the development of a co-produced day opportunities strategy and redesign of the current day opportunities services offer across the Borough.

 


02/02/2021 - Cheshire East Contaminated Land Strategy 2021 ref: 2440    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on the Cheshire East Contaminated Land Strategy 2021.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    authorises the Director of Environment and Neighbourhoods to formally consult on the draft Contaminated Land Strategy for a period of 6 weeks;

 

2.    notes that the Environment and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the revised draft and result of consultation once that is completed; and

 

3.    delegates authority to the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Communities to consider the results of the consultation and to approve the final version of the strategy.

 


02/02/2021 - Carbon Action Plan Capital Investment ref: 2439    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report on a proposed solar photovoltaic array and tree planting project at Leighton Grange Crewe, as part of the Council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet

 

1.    approves that Council land at Leighton Grange as described in figure 1 at the end of the report be allocated for insetting purposes; and

 

2.    delegates authority to the Executive Director Place to take all necessary actions, including without limitation contract award and the execution of all necessary agreements and ancillary documentation, to implement the following carbon insetting projects:

 

(a)  the procurement, construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic array connected to the composting plant of approximately 5MW, subject to securing appropriate permissions and connections; and

 

(b)  the planting of up to seven hectares of natural assets to absorb carbon.