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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, Trowbridge. View directions

Contact: Yamina Rhouati  Email: yamina.rhouati@wiltshire.gov.uk

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119.

Apologies

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Keith Humphries.

120.

Minutes of the previous meeting

To confirm and sign the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 11 November 2014.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 11 November 2014 were presented.

 

Resolved:

 

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 11 November 2014.

121.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

122.

Minutes - Capital Assets Committee

To receive and note the minutes of the Capital Assets Committee held on 11 November 2014.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the Cabinet Capital Assets Committee, dated 11 November 2014 be received and noted.

123.

Leader's announcements

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no formal announcements from the Leader.

 

 

124.

Public participation and Questions from Councillors

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public. This meeting is open to the public, who may ask a question or make a statement. Questions may also be asked by members of the Council.  Written notice of questions or statements should be given to Yamina Rhouati of Democratic Services by 12.00 noon on 10 December 2014. Anyone wishing to ask a question or make a statement should contact the officer named above.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Questions submitted in advance of the meeting, including the replies given by the Council, had been circulated in a supplementary agenda paper, and were taken as read. Additional questions were received as follows:

 

A) Fovant Parish Council

 

In response to a question from Fovant Parish Council regarding the appropriate classification of their village, Councillor Jane Scott asked that officers contact the Parish Council at the earliest opportunity and reconsider the status of Fovant through a review of the Core Strategy

 

B) Allington Action Group

 

In response to questions from Allington Action Group,  Alistair Cunningham, Associate Director for Economic Development and Planning, made the following points: That all correspondence between the Council and the Inspector was a matter of public record; that the Council had not requested that the Inspector change the wording; that the Inspector had made this change to alert the Council to the fact that whilst the diagram is informed by earlier  evidence  it mustn’t be considered definitive until such time as the Site Allocations Plan for Chippenham has considered this and further evidence thereby ensuring the starting point is robust and defendable; the Council would be publishing this further evidence and place it in the public domain ahead of the consideration of the Core Strategy by Council.

 

C) Campaign for a Better Trowbridge

 

In a response to the questions from the Campaign for a Better Trowbridge, Councillor Sturgis said that whilst he supported the aim to prioritise development on brownfield land, Wiltshire had proportionately fewer brownfield sites available.

 

125.

Adoption of Wiltshire Core Strategy

Report by Dr Carlton Brand, Corporate Director

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Toby Sturgis presented the report which sought to: inform Cabinet of the Inspector’s Report into the examination of the Wiltshire Core Strategy and his conclusions regarding legal compliance and soundness; sought approval that the Wiltshire Core Strategy, as amended by the modifications in the Inspector’s Report and other focused and minor modifications that have arisen during the examination or been made in the interest of accuracy and consistency, be recommended to Council for adoption; and sought approval for the Associate Director for Economic Development and Planning, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Development Management, Strategic Housing, Property and Waste, to undertake the final stages associated with the formal adoption by the Council of the Wiltshire Core Strategy

 

In the course of the presentation and the discussion, the issues discussed included: that officers be commended for their hard work in getting to this stage; that Council should adopt the Inspector’s Report in its entirety or risk further delay; that the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan had recently  received resounding approval by local referendum; that settlement boundaries would be reviewed following the adoption of the Core Strategy.

 

Councillor Scott thanked officer and asked that the officers respond to the issue raised by Fovant Parish Council, and ensured that the evidence required to address issue in relation to the Strategic Boundary of Chippenham be published as soon as practicable.

 

Resolved:

 

  1. To note the content of the Inspector’s report, into the examination of the Wiltshire Core Strategy (Appendix 1 as presented), and his conclusions regarding legal compliance and soundness, and accepts the modifications in the Appendix of the Inspector’s Report, which the Inspector considers are necessary to make the plan sound in accordance with legislation and other focused and minor modifications that have arisen during the examination, which have been consulted on, or made in the interest of accuracy and consistency;

 

  1. To recommend to Council that the Wiltshire Core Strategy, as amended as set out in (1) above be adopted as part of the statutory development plan for Wiltshire (Appendix 2 as presented);

 

  1. To delegate authority to the Associate Director for Economic Development and Planning in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Development Management, Strategic Housing, Property and Waste for: the Policies Map to be amended in line with the modifications identified in (ii) and for further minor textual changes to be made to the Core Strategy prior to publication in the interests of accuracy and consistency; and

 

  1. Following approval of Council, to agree that the Associate Director for Economic, Development and Planning in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Development Management, Strategic Housing, Property and Waste, undertakes the final stages associated with the formal adoption and publication of the Core Strategy.

 

Reason for decisions

 

The Wiltshire Core Strategy will form part of the Council’s Policy Framework. In accordance with the Local Government Acts 1972 and 2000, and the Council’s constitution it must first be approved by Cabinet before it is adopted by Council. As the document has  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.

126.

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Governance

Report by Dr Carlton Brand, Corporate Director.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Council Leader,Councillor Jane Scott presented the report which invited Cabinet to review and agree the governance arrangements that have been developed by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

 

In her presentation of the report, Councillor Scott highlighted the following issues: that there was clear need for a robust governance structure, to ensure that decisions that are made properly; that the group empowered to make urgent decision would include the Leaders of Wiltshire Council and Swindon Council; that Scrutiny should have a role in the SWLEP; and that the SWLEPP was a joint Executive Committee and would report its decisions to Council.

 

Councillor Jon Hubbard, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, expressed concern regarding the amount democratic accountability in the Local Enterprise Model. Councillor Scott stated that she shared some of his concerns, and whilst she would prefer for more power to be delegated to Local Government, it was appropriate to engage with the structure set up by the Coalition Government.

 

Resolved

 

1.    To note and agree the proposed governance structure for SWLEP activities, including the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Deal as proposed by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Secretariat and presented to the SWLEP Board for approval on 9 September 2014.

2.    To approve the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Governance Structure as set out in Appendix 1.

3.    To authorise the Director of Economic Development and Planning and the Monitoring Officer for Wiltshire Council, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to undertake the necessary actions, including changes to the Council’s Constitution, to enable the implementation of the governance structure set out in Appendix 1.

4.    To agree to consult Swindon Borough Council in the event of any changes to Wiltshire Council’s constitution that may impact upon or affect their corporate or political structures and committees.

5.    To agree to keep these governance arrangements under review to  ensure that they remain fit for purpose.

 

Reason for Decision: To ensure that SWLEP activity is undertaken with robust and democratically accountable governance arrangements between the two Unitary Authorities and the SWLEP; and to ensure that the decision making regarding allocations of funding and resources made available through the SWLEP Board is agreed in an open and transparent way.

 

127.

Wiltshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Report by Dr Carlton Brand, Corporate Director.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet Member Councillor Jonathon Seed presented the report which asked Cabinet to consider the proposed Wiltshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. In his presentation, Councillor Seed, commended officers from the two directorates responsible for the Strategy and the Response Plan, considered later in the agenda, for working together. It was noted that, although the Chair of the Environment Select Committee was not present, the Select Committee had had a good discussion on both the Strategy and the Response Plan.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    To note that consultation is being undertaken on the proposed Wiltshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy;

 

2.    To delegate final approval of the Strategy to the Corporate Director, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities, Campuses, Area Boards, Leisure, Libraries and Flooding, following consideration of the response to the current consultations.

 

Reason for Decision: There is a need to adopt a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, and a public consultation is being undertaken as part of the development process.

 

128.

Flood Operational Response Plan

Report by Maggie Rae, Corporate Director.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet Member Councillor Jonathon Seed presented the report which sought Cabinet’s approval of the Wiltshire Flood Response Operational Plan, which is attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Resolved:

 

To approve the Wiltshire Flood Response Operational Plan.

 

Reason for Decision: To improve Wiltshire Council’s preparedness and response to future incidents of flooding.

 

129.

CQC Inspection at Bradbury House and Shared Lives (Adult Placement) Service

Report by Maggie Rae, Corporate Director.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Council Leader,Councillor Jane Scott presented the report which provided information to Cabinet on the recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections carried out at 2 Wiltshire Council Adult Care services, Bradbury House Salisbury and Wiltshire Shared Lives (Adult Placement).

 

In her presentation of the report, Councillor Scott warmly congratulated the staff for providing a high quality service to vulnerable members of the community. This sentiment was echoed by Councillor Jon Hubbard, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group. It was agreed that a letter of congratulation, from all Group Leaders, be sent to the relevant staff.

 

Resolved

 

To note the key outcomes of the CQC inspections in relation to the Council run services and the level of managerial input required in order to achieve such positive outcomes, which gives assurance to the Council that quality services are being provided.

 

 

Reason for Decision: To ensure that Cabinet is updated on the service provision being delivered by the Council’s adult care direct provider service.

 

130.

Independent Living Fund

  Report by Maggie Rae, Corporate Director.

 

 

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Minutes:

 Council Leader,Councillor Jane Scott presented the report which provided information to Cabinet about the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), and which asked Cabinet to consider the potential impact on customers and on Wiltshire Council.

 

In her presentation of the report, Councillor Scott highlighted the following issues: that the ILF had been set up and administered by Central Government in the 1980s; that the funding for the scheme, which 71 Wiltshire residents were in receipt of, would be transferred to Wiltshire Council; that although the funding had not been ringfenced by Central Government, Wiltshire Council would do so.

 

Councillor Scott also asked that when officer reassessed the recipients of the fund, this would be done so in a sensitive manner; and that she felt that Wiltshire Council was equipped to assess and provide appropriate support.

 

 

Resolved

 

  1. To note the closure of the ILF and the need to ensure people with a disability are treated equably in Wiltshire;

 

  1. To agree to the ILF budget transfer to the Adult Care base budget; and

 

3.    To request an update following the completion of assessments, including a report on any potential transitional arrangements required.

 

Reason for Decision: Wiltshire Council needs to work in a transparent and equitable way, to meet eligible social care needs, whilst managing the potential financial pressures that this transfer may cause.

 

 

131.

Council Tax Base 2015/16

  Report by Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

 Councillor Richard Tonge presented a report which sought the Cabinet’s approval for the Council Tax Base, and asked the meeting to note information in relation to the collection rate.

 

In his presentation, Councillor Tonge reminded Cabinet that the Council is required to approve its Council Tax Base annually, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992; and that the Council Tax Base 2015/2016 has to be notified to Major (the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service) and Local (Town and Parish Councils) Precepting Authorities by 31 January 2015. 

 

Resolved:

 

1.     To approve the Council Tax Base 2015/2016; and

 

2.     To note that the recommended overall collection rate remains at 99.50% which reflects current expectations for collection.

 

Reason for Decision: Before the Council Tax can be set by the Council in February 2015 a calculation has to be made and approved of the Council Tax Base, which is an annual requirement as laid out in the Local Government Act.

132.

Revenue Budget Monitoring

Report by Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Richard Tonge presented a report which advised Cabinet members of the revenue budget monitoring position as at the end of period 7 (end of October 2014) for the financial year 2014/2015 with suggested actions as appropriate.

 

Resolved:

 

To note the outcome of the period 7 (end of October) budget monitoring.

 

Reason for Decision: To inform effective decision making and ensure a sound financial control environment.

 

 

133.

Capital Budget Monitoring

Report by Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Richard Tonge presented a report which provided Cabinet with information on the detailed changes to the budget made since the 2014/2015 budget was set in February 2014 over and above the changes detailed in the Period 4 report. The report reflected the position of the 2014/2015 spend against budget as at Period 7 (as at 31 October 2014).

 

Resolved:

 

To note the budget movements undertaken to the capital programme (shown in Appendices A and B).

 

Reason for Decision: To inform Cabinet of the position of the 2014/2015 capital programme as at Period 7 (31 October 2014), including highlighting any budget changes.

 

 

 

134.

Urgent Items

Any other items of business, which the Leader agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

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