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54.

Declarations of interest

Members of the Council should declare any interests which fall under the following categories. Please see the end of this agenda for definitions*:

 

a)    disclosable pecuniary interests (DPI);

b)    other significant interests (OSI);

c)    voluntary announcements of other interests.

Minutes:

Councillor John Collier declared a disclosable pecuniary interest for Minute item 62 (General Fund Revenue Budget Monitoring Report – 3rd Quarter 2013/14), as a member of Folkestone Town Council.  He left the meeting before any discussion of, or vote taken on, this item.

 

Councillor Alan Clifton-Holt declared a disclosable pecuniary interest for Minute item 72 (Housing Revenue Account New Build Programme Update), as his family own land adjacent to one of the potential new build priority sites.  He left the meeting before any discussion of, or vote taken on, this item. 

55.

Minutes

To consider and approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on 27 November 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2013 were submitted, agreed and signed by the Leader as a correct record.

56.

Sheltered Housing Service Review - Decision number 13/066

The nature and purpose of sheltered housing in the UK has changed significantly over time as have the funding arrangements that apply to this type of accommodation. Report C/13/64 sets out the key findings from a strategic review of sheltered housing that has been undertaken by East Kent Housing and makes recommendations to improve the services provided to older tenants of Shepway District Council.

 

The report will be considered by the Community Overview Committee on 9 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/64 which set out the key findings from a strategic review of sheltered housing that had been undertaken by East Kent Housing.  The report also made recommendations to improve the services provided to older tenants of Shepway District Council. 

 

The Community Overview Committee had considered this report on 9 December 2013 and resolved to receive and note the report.

 

RESOLVED:

1.           To receive and note report C/13/64.

2.           To agree that tenants should be consulted on:

i)       The new sheltered housing service delivery model as described within the report;

ii)      The upgrading of existing on-site laundry provision and the introduction of appropriate payment arrangements or service charges

iii)     A review of current arrangements for funding sheltered housing-related services and the lack of specific service charges for some of the services that tenants receive.

3.        To agree that further work should take place to develop firm proposals for those schemes/ properties identified as appropriate for re-designation, re-modelling, or alternative future use.

 

Reasons for decisions:

a)        A service review has identified areas of practice and service delivery which are recommended for change so as to ensure that the sheltered housing service in Shepway continues to meet the needs and wishes of residents and reflects current best practice.  

b)        Kent County Council is proposing to review its arrangements for funding and delivering care and housing-related support for older people.  The outcome of the review may provide further resources to support the remodelling of housing services for older people in Shepway.  Services commissioned by the Kent Supporting People Programme are likely to come under closer scrutiny and budgetary pressure to ensure that they remain value for money.

57.

Grant Thornton Annual Audit Letter 2012/13 - Decision number 13/052

Report C/13/50 considers Grant Thornton’s Annual Audit Letter which sets out its findings from the 2012/13 audit.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received report C/13/50, which considered Grant Thornton’s Annual Audit Letter in relation to the 2012/13 audit.  In addition, Councillor David Owen had been invited to speak on the audit, as Chairman of the Audit and Standards Committee.

 

RESOLVED: To receive and note report C/13/50.

 

Reason for decision:

The council is required to receive and note the findings and summaries of Grant Thornton’s assessment of the council.

58.

First World War Centenary Commemorations - Decision number 13/048

Report C/13/46 provides an overview of the Government’s programme for First World War Centenary Commemorations, that includes the Step Short parade and unveiling of the memorial arch in Folkestone, and considers the resource implications.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/46, which provided an overview of the Government’s programme for First World War Centenary Commemorations, including the Step Short parade and unveiling of the memorial arch in Folkestone, as well as considering the resource implications.

 

Councillor Clifton-Holt agreed to amendments to the second recommendation in the report; that is, changing the word ‘Commemoration’ to the plural form and substituting the word ‘Shepway’ for ‘Folkestone’.

 

Proposed by Councillor Alan Clifton-Holt

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Keren Belcourt

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report C/13/46.

2.     TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that the sum of £40,000 be drawn from the non-domestic business rate reserve to fund activities and actions necessary to deliver the proposed First World War Centenary Commemorations and associated events scheduled to take place in Shepway in August 2014.

 

Reason for decisions:

In order for the necessary resources to be available to allow the proposed First World War Centenary Commemoration, scheduled to take place in Folkestone in August 2014, to be delivered to the required standard.

59.

Guidelines/Procedures For Recycling and Waste Discretionary Fees and Charges (Amendments) - Decision number 13/065

Report C/13/63seeks Cabinet agreement to some minor changes to the text of the Guidelines/ Procedures for the application of the discretionary Fees and Charges with regard to recycling and waste collections as agreed by Cabinet in December 2012.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/63, which sought Cabinet agreement to some minor changes to the text of the Guidelines/ Procedures for the application of the discretionary Fees and Charges with regard to recycling and waste collections, as agreed by Cabinet in December 2012.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To receive and note report C/13/63.

2.         To confirm agreement to the proposed amendments to the Guidelines/ Procedures for the application of the discretionary Fees and Charges with regard to recycling and waste collections, as set out at appendix A of the report.

 

Reason for decisions:

Members are asked to confirm their agreement to the proposed amendments to the Guidelines/ Procedures for the application of the discretionary Fees and Charges, with regard to recycling and waste collections, to provide greater clarity to officers in the application of this protocol.

60.

Income and Debt Management Policy - Decision number 13/050

Following recent changes to legislation and welfare reform Cabinet is being asked to approve a revised Income and Debt Management Policy, report C/13/48, to ensure that revenue due to the Council is collected efficiently and effectively in a fair and consistent manner. This policy sets out the way in which the council will monitor and recover debts across the council.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/48, which presented the revised Income and Debt Management Policy.   

 

Proposed by Councillor Russell Tillson

Seconded by Councillor John Collier

 

RESOLVED:

1.        To receive and note report C/13/48.

2.        To approve the Income and Debt Management Policy at appendix 1 of the report.

3.      To approve the policy for applications for discretionary council tax reduction (hardship relief) at appendix 2 of the report.

4.     To approve the Bailiffs’ Code of Conduct at appendix 3 of the report.

 

(Voting: For 7; Against 0; Abstentions 1)

 

Reason for decisions:

The council has a duty to ensure that all revenue due to the council is collected efficiently and effectively.  It is essential that a standardised system is in place for both financial stewardship and audit purposes.  The Income and Debt Management Policy sets out the framework for the management and collection of debt and includes a policy on the treatment of applications for discretionary council tax reduction made under  Section 13A(1)(c) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended).

61.

Draft Shepway District Council Corporate Plan 2013-18 - Decision number 13/051

Report C/13/49presents the draft Corporate Plan for consideration by Council. The Corporate Plan set outs the framework for delivering the council’s priorities over the next five years, outlining the strategic objectives, priorities and key actions required to meet the vision for the council and district. This report presents the refreshed Corporate Plan covering the five year period 2013-2018.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/49, which presented the draft Corporate Plan.  The plan sets out the framework for delivering the Council’s priorities over the next five years, outlining the strategic objectives, priorities and key actions required to meet the vision for the council and district.

 

The Community Overview Committee had considered this report, on 9 December 2013, and resolved to receive and note the report.

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report C/13/49.

2.     To RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL the formal endorsement of the draft Corporate Plan.

 

Reason for decisions:

The priorities for the council and the district have been re-evaluated, taking into consideration local and national changes and issues.

62.

General Fund Revenue Budget Monitoring Report - 3rd Quarter 2013/14 - Decision number 13/053

Report C/13/51 sets out a projected year end financial position for the General Fund for 2013/14, based on actuals to 31 October 2013. It identifies projected variances on the General Fund revenue outturn position for 2013/14 against the latest approved budget.

 

The report will be considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/51 which set out a projected year end financial position on the General Fund for 2013/14, based on actuals to 31 October 2013. It identified projected variances on the General Fund revenue outturn position for 2013/14 against the latest approved budget. It also provided an update of the council tax base for the year. 

 

This report was considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee, on 11 December 2013, and the committee resolved that recommendations 2 and 3, relating to CCTV funding in Folkestone, should not be supported.

 

Substantive Motion

 

Proposed by Councillor Russell Tillson

Seconded by Councillor David Monk

 

1.         To receive and note report C/13/51.

2.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend, as anticipated in the report, to fund £150k for the future provision of CCTV in Folkestone (paragraph 2.4.5 of the report).

3.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend, as anticipated in the report, to fund £70k for the shortfall in the CCTV saving identified in the Budget Strategy report as part of 2014/15 Budget (paragraph 2.4.17 of the report).

4.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend as anticipated in the report, to fund £300k for corporate initiatives as part of 2014/15 Budget (paragraph 2.4.17 of the report).

 

Amendment to Substantive Motion

 

Proposed by Councillor Malcolm Dearden

Seconded by Councillor Rory Love

 

That the substantive motion be amended by deleting recommendations 2 and 3, as follows:

 

1.     To receive and note report C/13/51.

2.     TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend, as anticipated in the report, to fund £300k for corporate initiatives as part of 2014/15 Budget (paragraph 2.4.17 of the report).

 

Upon being put, the amendment was carried.

 

(Voting: For 4; Against 2; Abstentions 1)

 

Substantive Motion

 

1.     To receive and note report C/13/51.

2.     TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend, as anticipated in the report, to fund £300k for corporate initiatives as part of 2014/15 Budget (paragraph 2.4.17 of the report).

 

Upon being put, the motion was carried.

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report C/13/51.

2.     TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the use of 2013/14 General Fund underspend, as anticipated in the report, to fund £300k for corporate initiatives as part of 2014/15 Budget (paragraph 2.4.17 of the report).

 

(Voting: For 5; Against 2; Abstentions 0)

 

Reason for decisions:

Cabinet is asked to agree the recommendations and to take appropriate action, if necessary, to deal with any variance from the approved budget.

63.

Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring 2013/14 - 3rd Quarter - Decision number 13/055

Report C/13/53provides a projection of the end of year financial position for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) revenue expenditure and Housing Revenue Account (HRA) capital programme, based on net expenditure to 31 October 2013.

 

The report will be considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received report C/13/53, which set out a projection of the end of year financial position for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) revenue expenditure and Housing Revenue Account (HRA) capital programme, based on net expenditure to 31 October 2013.

 

This report was considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee, on 11 December 2013, and the committee resolved that the report be received and noted.

 

RESOLVED: To receive and note report C/13/53.

 

Reason for decision:

Cabinet needs to be kept informed of the Housing Revenue Account position and take appropriate action to deal with any variance from the approved budget.

64.

Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Original Budget 2014/15 - Decision number 13/056

Report C/13/54Sets out the Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Budget for 2014/15 and proposes increases in rents for 2014/15.

 

The report will be considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/54, which set out the Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Original Budget for 2014/15 and proposed increases in rents for 2014/15.

 

This report was considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee, on 11 December 2013, and the committee resolved: ‘That concern be expressed at the increase in the bad debt provision which was attributed to changes in the welfare regime’.

 

RESOLVED:

1.      To receive and note report C/13/54.

2.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2014/15, (paragraph 2.1 and appendix 1 of the report).

3.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the increase in rents, of dwellings within the HRA, on average, by £3.74 per week, representing a 4.71% increase with effect from 7 April 2014, (paragraph 3.2 of the report).

4.      TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL the increase in service charges (section 3.4 of the report).

5.      To approve the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme budget 2014/15 (paragraph 4 and appendix 2 of the report)

 

Reason for decisions:

The Local Government Housing Act 1989 requires the council, as a Local Housing Authority, to keep a separate Housing Revenue Account and to produce estimates to ensure that the account does not go into deficit.  The authority also has a duty to set and approve rents, in accordance with government guidelines, that are outlined in the self-financing determination. The Constitution requires that the annual Budget, and any variations to the Budget, are approved by council.

65.

Update to the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme - Decision number 13/057

Report C/13/55 updates the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme for the five year period ending 31 March 2019. The report identifies variances on the current approved planned capital expenditure for the General Fund in 2013/14 and over the life of the existing capital programme to 31 March 2018 to reflect the latest forecast, based on expenditure to 31 October 2013.

 

The report will be considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/55, which updated the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme for the five year period ending 31 March 2019. The report identified variances to the approved budget, for the existing capital programme to 31 March 2018, to reflect the latest forecast, based on expenditure to 31 October 2013. The report also identified those recurring capital schemes where the budget is proposed to be extended by one year into 2018/19.

 

This report was considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013 and it resolved:

 

1.    ‘That a report be submitted to the spring meeting of this committee on the implementation of play equipment for New Romney (item 2, appendix 2 of the report)’.

2.    ‘That draft Cabinet report C/13/55 be received and noted, subject to the above resolution and to Cabinet being asked to investigate the purchase of ‘green’ replacement vehicles (item 4, appendix 2 of the report).’

 

Proposed by Councillor Russell Tillson

Seconded by Councillor Malcolm Dearden

 

To add the following resolution, of the Resources Scrutiny Committee, from its meeting on 11 December 2013 (Minute item 36), to the list of recommendations in report C/13/55:

 

To submit a report, to the spring meeting of the Resources Scrutiny Committee, on the implementation of play equipment for New Romney (item 2, appendix 2 of the report)’.

 

Proposed by Councillor Rory Love

Seconded by Councillor Russell Tillson

 

To add the second resolution, of the Resources Scrutiny Committee, from its meeting on 11 December 2013 (Minute item 36), in relation to the investigation of the purchase of ‘green’ vehicles, to the list of recommendations in report C/13/55, as follows:

 

To conduct an investigation into the purchase of ‘green’ replacement vehicles (item 4, Appendix 2 of the report).

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To receive and note report C/13/55.

2.    TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL the approval of the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme, as set out in appendices 1 and 2 (forecast) of the report.

3.    To submit a report, to the spring meeting of the Resources Scrutiny Committee, on the implementation of play equipment for New Romney (item 2, appendix 2 of the report)’.

4.    To conduct an investigation into the purchase of ‘green’ replacement vehicles (item 4, appendix 2 of the report).

 

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)

 

Reasons for decisions:

a)        Cabinet needs to be kept informed of the existing General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme position and take appropriate action to deal with any variance from the approved budget.

b)        Proposed extensions to existing schemes are required to be considered and approved before being included in the council’s Medium Term Capital Programme.

c)         The proposed Medium Term Capital Programme needs to be considered before it is submitted to full Council for approval as part of the budget process.

66.

Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators 2014/15 to 2016/17 - Decision number 13/058

Report C/13/56is in two parts. Section A sets out both the prudential indicators for capital expenditure and the Minimum Revenue Provision statement required to be approved by Full Council. Section B sets out the proposed strategy for treasury management for 2014/15 to 2016/17 including the Annual Investment Strategy required to be approved to be approved by Full Council.

 

The report will be considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/56, which set out the proposed strategy for treasury management for 2014/15 to 2016/17, including the Annual Investment Strategy to be approved by full Council. The report also set out both the prudential indicators, for capital expenditure, and the Minimum Revenue Provision statement, to be approved by full Council.

 

The report was considered by the Resources Scrutiny Committee on 11 December 2013 and the committee resolved:

1.         That draft Cabinet report C/13/56 be received and noted.

2.         That CCLA Investment Management Limited be invited to make a presentation of their local authorities property fund before the next meeting of the committee, to which all councillors will be invited.

 

RESOLVED:

1.      To receive and note report C/13/56.

2.      TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL the approval of the Prudential Indicators for capital expenditure set out in the report.

3.      TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL the approval of the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) statement set out in the report.

4.      TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that the strategy for treasury management, set out in the report, is adopted.

5.      TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL the approval of the Prudential Indicators, for treasury management and borrowing, set out in the report

6.      TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that the 2014/15 Annual Investment Strategy, set out in the report, is adopted.

 

Reasons for decisions:

a)        The council must have regard to the Prudential Code when carrying out its duties under Part 1 of the Local Government Act 2003.

b)        The council is required to approve a Minimum Revenue Provision statement for 2014/15, in advance of the start of the financial year.

c)         The Financial Procedure Rules require the council to receive an annual plan and strategy for treasury management in advance of the financial year.

d)        The council is required to approve an Annual Investment Strategy for the forthcoming year.

67.

Safeguarding Children and Young People - Decision number 13/059

Report C/13/57 gives details of a review of the arrangements for safeguarding children and young people including a recommendation to adopt a new policy in line with the council’s statutory responsibilities.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/57, which gave details of a review of the arrangements for safeguarding children and young people, including a recommendation to adopt a new policy in line with the council’s statutory responsibilities.

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report C/13/57.

2.     To adopt the revised safeguarding children & young people policy, attached at appendix 1 of the report.

3.     To refer the proposed amendments, to the job description of the Chief Executive, to the Personnel Committee for consideration.

4.     To request that the Personnel Committee note the change in the job description of the Head of Service for Communities.

5.     To agree that the Leader appoint a lead member for safeguarding matters.

6.     To agree the corporate message as set out in paragraph 1.1 of the report.

 

Reasons for decisions:

a)        Under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004, the council has a duty to safeguard children and young people.

b)        A number of actions need to be agreed by Cabinet in order to ensure compliance with the KSCB self assessment tool and the relevant legislation.

c)         A robust policy will protect the council, its employees and those working with the council, and ensure good safeguarding practice.

68.

Regeneration and Housing Company - Purposes and Options - Decision number 13/060

To agree the principle, recommended model and timetable for the establishment of a Regeneration and Housing Company. Details of this are set out in report C/13/58.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Report C/13/58 recommends that the Cabinet agree the principle and purpose of establishing a wholly owned trading company, and recommends authorising officers to prepare detailed proposals, seek appropriate external legal and financial advice and develop business cases for this work and report back to Cabinet.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To receive and note the contents of report C/13/58.

2.         To agree the principle and purpose of the proposed trading company, as set out in paragraphs 6.2 and 6.5 of this report, subject to further work and specialist advice.

3.         To authorise the Corporate Director (Economic Regeneration) to prepare detailed proposals for the new company, as detailed in paragraph 6.3 of this report.

4.         To agree the proposed timetable for this activity, as set out in paragraph 6.6 of this report.

 

Reasons for decisions:

1.         A wholly owned company would be able to trade for profit and pay dividends back to the council, so creating new alternative sources of funding for the council.

2.         It would enable a broader offer of housing tenure options including market rented housing.

3.         It would enable the council to choose to sell shares in the company to raise investment.

4.         It would enable joint ventures for specific investment projects.

5.         The council would have full control over the company’s activities and assets, including the option to transfer company assets to the council.

6.         It would enable new activities to support the council’s wider aspirations for the district, including more homes, new employment opportunities and alternative sources of funding.

7.         Other options for the delivery of housing or regeneration projects would not facilitate the outcome of generating alternative sources of funding.

69.

Environment Enforcement - Decision number 13/061

To consider a review of the arrangements for environmental enforcement and agree to implement a new service. Details of this are set out in report C/13/59.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/59, which set out options for the enhancement of the council’s environmental enforcement service, including the enforcement of dog fouling and littering offences. It recognised the successes and difficulties that were associated with the previously outsourced environmental enforcement service and identified a number of learning points.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To receive and note the contents of report C/13/59.

2.         To approve option b) as set out in paragraph 4.1 of the report.

3.         To note the financial impact.

 

Reasons for decisions:

1.         The council currently employs a single Dog Warden who enforces the council’s agreed dog control orders, including dog fouling, and provides the stray dog service. The scope of this single role, to provide enforcement services as required across the district, is limited.

2.         Further environmental enforcement services are provided by the Environmental Protection Officer posts within the council’s current staffing structure. However, these officers provide a wide range of functions and their capacity to patrol the district to enforce environmental offences, such as littering and dog fouling, is limited.

3.         The proposed option will enhance the resources available for environmental enforcement and retain existing knowledge and experience within the council.

4.         The costs of the proposed option are already broadly contained within the council’s existing budget projections.

70.

Step Short Memorial Arch - VAT Loan (Urgent Item) - Decision number 13/071

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/69, which provided an update on the decision taken, by the Leader of the Council, to offer a loan to Step Short Ltd of circa £100,000 and sought Cabinet approval to the virement of the loan amount from the current year’s underspend.

 

Proposed by Councillor David Monk

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Keren Belcourt

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To receive and note the contents of report C/13/69.

2.    To note the decision, taken by the Leader of the Council, to offer a loan to Step Short Ltd of £100,000.

3.    For prudency, to make a 100% provision for non-repayment of the loan and to approve the virement of £100,000 from the budget underspend in the current financial year (£60k from the air exchange unit and £40k from members’ allowances) to give effect to the decision of the Leader of the Council.

4.    To instruct the Solicitor to the Council to prepare an appropriate agreement to formalise the loan to Step Short Ltd.

 

(Voting: For 4; Against 3; Abstentions 2)

 

The Leader of the Council used his casting vote ‘FOR’, on this motion.

 

Reason for decision:

To give effect to the decision made by the Leader of the Council.

71.

Exclusion of the Public

To exclude the public from the following item of business on the grounds that it is likely to disclose exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

 

‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).’

 

‘Financial or business affairs includes contemplated as well as current activities’.

Part II – Exempt Information Item

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

To exclude the public from the following item of business on the grounds that it is likely to disclose exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

 

‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).’

 

‘Financial or business affairs includes contemplated as well as current activities’.

Part II – Exempt Information Item

72.

HRA New Build Housing Programme Update - Decision number 13/062

To consider the progress made so far and agree recommendations to proceed with two pilot sites. To consider the recommendations from the New Build Housing Working Group for the future phases of the programme. Details of this are set out in report C/13/60.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/60, which provided an update on the progress of the programme so far and included recommendations to proceed with two pilot sites and consider recommendations from the New Build Housing Working Group for the future phases of the programme.

 

RESOLVED:

1.         To receive and note report C/13/60.

2.         To accept the recommendations set out in the report with the inclusion of three further sites.

 

Reasons for decisions:

The reasons for the decisions are set out in the report.           

73.

Land off Range Road, Hythe - Decision number 13/068

Report C/13/66 considers the two current offers that have been made for the site and outlines the various options available to Cabinet, including the opportunities and risks associated with each option.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members received and considered report C/13/66, which examined the two current offers that had been made for the site and outlined the various options available to Cabinet, including the opportunities and risks associated with each option.

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report C/13/66.

2.     To reject the lower offer on the site.

3.     To accept the higher offer on the site.

 

Reason for decisions:

Because officers are required to respond to the current offers.