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Agenda and draft minutes

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Contact: Stuart Figini  Email: stuart.figini@wiltshire.gov.uk

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51.

Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

52.

Minutes of the previous meeting

To confirm and sign the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 24 March 2020, previously circulated.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2020 were presented.

 

Resolved:

 

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2020.

 

53.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

54.

Leader's announcements

Minutes:

The Leader advised that as this was the first virtual Cabinet meeting, if there were technical difficulties the meeting would be adjourned and re-scheduled on a later date.

 

 

55.

Public participation and Questions from Councillors

During the coronavirus emergency, this meeting will be held virtually/online here for the public to view. You can access guidance notes on accessing the online meeting here.

 

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public and the public are encouraged to contact the officer named on this agenda by 12.00 noon on Thursday 14 May 2020 to indicate in advance if they wish to make statements or questions for submission. The Chairman will require statements in writing, and these will be published and referred to during the meeting.

 

Please note that all statements and questions received by the deadline will be circulated to councillors and published on the website (in an Agenda Supplement) so councillors are able to read these in advance, and respond to them during the meeting, as appropriate.

 

The Chairman may invite an officer to read out some of the public statements/questions received and this may be limited depending on how many have been received.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

A statement and three questions were received from Mr Chris Caswill, re “The Future Chippenham Project”

 

The Leader thanked Mr Caswill for his comments and confirmed that  responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Mr Caswill and also published on the Council’s website.

 

A statement and two questions were received from Anne Henshaw, representing Campaign to Protect Rural England, re “The Review of the Local Plan”

 

The Leader thanked Ms Henshaw for her comments and confirmed that responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Ms Henshaw and also published on the Council’s website.

 

56.

Council Response to COVID-19 - Update

Report by Chief Executive Officers – Alistair Cunningham and Terence Herbert.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Report by Chief Executive Officers – Alistair Cunningham and Terence Herbert.

 

A statement and three questions were received from Margaret Willmot, re the Wiltshire Council response to Covid-19

 

The Leader thanked Ms Willmot for her comments and confirmed that responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Ms Willmot and also published on the Council’s website.

 

 

The Leader then introduced the report.

 

Chief Executive Officers – Alistair Cunningham and Terence Herbert introduced the report.

 

That Wiltshire Council had been playing an integral role in leading the local response to COVID-19, working with partners across the footprint of Wiltshire, to ensure that those most vulnerable in the community were supported, local businesses received the government funding allocated to the county and critical council services could continue to deliver essential services during what was an unprecedented and rapidly changing incident.

This report set out the public health data in respect to COVID-19 at a county level and provided a summary of the Council’s response to date, the impact on services and an overview of the Council’s current financial position.

Overall, Wiltshire Council had overseen a significant and timely response to the emerging threat of the pandemic in Wiltshire. This had involved the suspension of a number of services, the redeployment of staff to support the most vulnerable, extensive support to businesses and suppliers, strong partnership working with health and care and other agencies, a significant communications effort and close working with local communities and voluntary groups. Schools and early years settings had also been supported to rapidly adjust to new government guidance.

 

Associate Directors were given the opportunity to briefly outline how their services had contributed to the Wiltshire Council response.

 

The Leader thanked Emma Legg, Lucy Townsend, Helean Hughes, Tracy Daszkiewicz, Sam Fox, Parvis Khansari, Jo Pitt and Ian Gibbons

 

The Leader, Terence Herbert and Alistair Cunningham paid tribute to the

staff commitment across all departments of Wiltshire Council, with some staff

Working 24/7.

 

Cabinet members, group Leaders and other members in attendance paid their own tributes to Wiltshire Council staff.

 

 

Graham Wright – Chairman, Overview and Scrutiny Committee advised that:

 

In recognition of the need for officers and Executive members to focus on the covid-19 response, Overview and Scrutiny had temporarily shifted to a streamlined structure, with all scrutiny engagement on Executive decisions being undertaken by OS Management Committee and its newly established Wiltshire Covid-19 Response Task Group. Meetings of the other three select committees had been cancelled until September. OS Management Committee would meet next on 3rd June to ratify this arrangement, which would be in place until the August recess when the situation would be reviewed again.

 

The Covid-19 Response Task Group had already met on two occasions and It was envisaged that it would meet prior to every Cabinet meeting for the foreseeable future to review items that fall under its terms of reference. Although the intention was to focus on covid-19, our terms of reference do  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.

57.

Capital Programme - Transport

*                 Report by Chief Executive Officer – Place – Alistair Cunningham

 

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Bridget Wayman outlined the report.

 

A statement and two questions were received from Mr Chris Caswill, re “Who will oversee the staff restructuring foreseen in the Transport papers” and “Do you anticipate it leading to any redundancies? Is that the intention”

 

The Leader thanked Mr Caswill for his comments and confirmed that  responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Mr Caswill and also published on the Council’s website.

 

A statement and two questions were received from Anne Henshaw, representing Campaign to Protect Rural England, re “With climate change there is a need to consider a better use of roads with more public transport, car-sharing, working locally or from home and more long haul freight going by rail “and “The repairs and improvements needed to existing road networks of all categories to make them safe for all users in a wider based travel future”.

The Leader thanked Ms Henshaw for her comments and confirmed that responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Ms Henshaw and also published on the Council’s website.

 

A statement, two questions and two supplementary questions were received from Mr Colin Gale, re How Wiltshire Council can develop a Transport Infrastructure without an agreed ‘Freight Management Strategy’ and If the A350 is going to be Wiltshire Councils designated North-South route how is Wiltshire Council going to manage that route with the freight hauliers and reduce the level of freight on the A342 and A345

 

The Leader thanked Mr Gale for his comments and confirmed that  responses had been prepared on the issues raised and a copy had been sent to Mr Gale and also published on the Council’s website.

 

That following recent (and likely continuing) success in bidding for major transport projects, the Council needed to consider its capacity to manage an increasing programme of scheme development and delivery activity.

 

Whilst the sharp upturn in funding for projects incorporating transport infrastructure was of course welcome, the scale of that increase necessitates a corresponding shift in the Council’s current approach in that regard.

 

The report illustrated the extent of funded and pending activity and proposed arrangements to ensure that appropriate resource were in place.

 

 

Resolved:

 

1.    Noted the intention to establish a revised internal structure creating a focussed major transport projects development and delivery team.

 

2.    Noted that recent funding awards were conditional on the Council providing a ‘local contribution’ in terms of both development and construction costs, and agreed the need for suitable financial provision to be made - the final extent of that to be determined once:

·       costs had been finalised 

·       negotiations on the percentage contribution had been agreed with the funding agency and the outcome of all pending bids were known

 

 

Reason for the decision

 

That Wiltshire Council had succeeded in securing funding for a substantial programme of major transport projects that required local funding and resourcing to an extent that could not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.

58.

Urgent Items

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

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

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