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    Cabinet
    Wednesday, 27 March 2019 7.00 pm

    Venue: Goddard Room, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames

    Contact: Gillian Scott  Email: g.scott@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Items
    No. Item

    2587.

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 157 KB

    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 20 February 2019 as a correct record.

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 20 February 2019 were agreed as a correct record.

     

    2588.

    Disclosures of Interest

    To receive any disclosures of interest from councillors in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for members.

    Minutes:

    There were none.

    2589.

    Recommendations from the Local Plan Working Party

    Councillor Colin Barnard

     

    To consider the recommendations from the meeting of the Local Plan Working Party on 21 March 2019.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the recommendations from the Local Plan Working Party held on 21 March 2019.

     

    Resolved to:

     

    1.    Agree the change to the Local Development Scheme timetable;

     

    2.    Note the progress on the site selection work;

     

    3.    Note the progress on drafting the new Local Plan policies and encourage Members who wish to make suggestions on their content to forward these to the Portfolio Holder, Cllr Barnard, to pass on to officers for consideration; and

     

    4.    Note the progress on the local Green Space assessment methodology, subject to this being amended to reflect in the criteria the importance of green spaces to local communities that are not well served by other nearby public recreation land, following consultation with the Local Plan Working Party on the precise wording.

     

    2590.

    New Jetty for River Thames pdf icon PDF 106 KB

    Councillor Colin Barnard

     

    To consider a report on the construction of a new jetty with access from the bandstand in Staines-upon-Thames.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered a report on a new jetty for the river Thames with access from the bandstand in the Riverside car park.

     

    Spelthorne Borough Council has one of the longest stretches of the river Thames along its border, outside of the London Boroughs, extending for around 11 miles.  The river Thames is regarded as a key asset of the Borough, and the Council is keen to maximise its potential. There has been a very strong demand for a stopping off point in Spelthorne for commercial boat trips along the Thames for many years, but limited opportunities for riverboat companies due to the lack of exclusive access to moorings.  

     

    Alternative options considered and rejected by the Cabinet:

    ·         to provide a licence for exclusive use of part of the moorings opposite the old Town Hall

     

    Resolved to approve the construction of a new jetty with access from the bandstand in the Riverside Car Park, Staines-upon-Thames.

     

    Reason for Decision

    The introduction of a new jetty for the exclusive use of commercial riverboat operations would increase the competitiveness of Staines-upon-Thames as a destination and increase the number of visitors to the town which would support our retailers.

    2591.

    Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

    Councillor Colin Barnard

     

    To note the Council’s response to the Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019 consultation.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the Council’s consultation response on the Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019 which, due to the date on which the consultation was set to end, had been agreed by the Portfolio Holder.

     

    Resolved to note the response to Surrey County Council’s consultation on the Surrey Waste Local Plan 2019 as agreed by Councillor C. Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Planning.  

    2592.

    Leader's announcements

    To receive any announcements from the Leader.

    Minutes:

    The Leader made the following announcements:

     

    The Council announced the purchase of a surplus car park on the site of Ashford Hospital to develop into much needed housing for local residents, including key workers. This marks another milestone in the Council’s ambitious building programme which aims to produce over 600 housing units across the Borough over the next five years.

     

    Also part of the programme are the new homes recently completed on the site previously occupied by the Bugle Returns pub in Upper Halliford, providing two one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments for local people.

     

    The new combined reception is now fully reopened and most of the work to relocate staff into renovated offices in the east and south wings are complete. Congratulations to Siraj and his team for delivering this.

     

    The Council’s response to Heathrow’s latest consultation on proposed changes to airspace and future operations includes that there should be no increase in flights before the third runway, no interim measures introduced that will result in newly overflown areas, that the Compton Route needs to be removed without delay, and that a night-time ban should mean just that.

     

    Following on from the success of the first Spelthorne Means Business Awards last year to recognise and celebrate our thriving business community, the second SMBA Awards were launched at an event held at the Hazelwood Centre in Sunbury on 7 March. With an additional five categories and new sponsors, there are plenty of opportunities for a variety of businesses to get involved.

     

    Thirty-five primary school children from seven Spelthorne schools were treated to an interactive conference by charismatic environmentalist Phil Williams on Tuesday 5 March in the Council Chamber. Phil started these conferences in Spelthorne and his inspirational events are now held across the whole of the UK.

     

    The Secretary of State has confirmed that he does not intend to ‘call in’ the planning application to expand Shepperton Studios. The expansion will now be able to go ahead subject to the prior completion of measures to ensure public benefits and mitigation, including junction improvements, new crossings in Charlton and Laleham, and a River Ash Community Park.

     

    The Council had a lovely compliment about our Leisure Team’s Walking for Health Scheme from inspirational 87 year-old Shepperton resident, Peter Cooper, who told us what a positive impact the volunteer-led walks have made to his life since losing his wife last year. It is uplifting to know that our schemes can make such a difference in helping improve physical and mental wellbeing in our communities.

     

    The Council is continuing to work with Staines Park Residents’ Association to achieve ‘Fields in Trust’ status for Staines Park. The Council is also committed to progressing plans to build a new Leisure Centre in an alternative location.

     

    The extension to the Greeno Centre is nearing completion, providing a dedicated space for those who need a bit of extra support when visiting the Centre.

     

    Following a petition presented to the Joint Committee in December by Stanwell Moor Residents  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2592.

    2593.

    Urgent items

    To consider any items which the Chairman considers as urgent.

    Minutes:

    There were none.

    2594.

    Exempt Business

    To move the exclusion of the Press/Public for the following items, in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006.

     

    Minutes:

    Resolved to move the exclusion of the Press and Public for the following items in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information)

    (Variation) Order 2006.

     

    2595.

    Exempt report - Acquisition V - Key decision

    Councillor Ian Harvey

     

    To consider the acquisition of a property for financial and asset investment purposes.

     

    Reason for exemption

    This report contains exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006 Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information because, disclosure to the public would prejudice the financial position of the authority in the bidding process for the site by allowing other bidders to know the position of the Council.  This in turn prejudices the Council by (i) distorting the bids process and (ii) prejudicing the opportunity for the Council to acquire a site through the Council for the prudent management of its financial affairs.

    Minutes:

    Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

     

    Cabinet considered an exempt report on the proposed acquisition of Property V.

     

    Alternative options considered and rejected by the Cabinet:

    ·         Formally agree not to submit a bid  

     

    Resolved that Cabinet:

     

    1.    Approves the acquisition of the site for strategic regeneration of Staines town centre and its future development for Housing purposes as identified in the report;

     

    2.    Agrees the offer submitted for the acquisition, and authorises the Chief Executive (and delegated Officers) to undertake any necessary subsequent negotiations (including a further bid if required) and complete the acquisition of the asset (in consultation with the Chief Finance Officer, the Leader and the Cabinet Member for Finance);

     

    3.    Authorises the Chief Finance Officer to decide (i) the most financially advantageous funding arrangements for the purchase, (ii) the most tax efficient method of holding the asset to include the transfer of the asset into Knowle Green Estates Limited if and when appropriate to do so, and overall to ensure the acquisition is prudentially affordable; 

     

    4.    Authorises the Head of Corporate Governance to enter into any legal documentation necessary to acquire and develop the asset including any documentation required for any potential transfer of the asset to Knowle Green Estates Limited;

     

    5.    Agrees to exempt Contract Standing Orders in respect of our Advisors; and

     

    6.    Delegates the selection of the design team and the contractor to the Group Head of Regeneration and Growth in consultation with the Portfolio Holder.

     

     

    Reason for Decision

    The site will deliver a steady income stream once developed which will support the Council to deliver its ambitious housing and regeneration programme across the Borough to help meet the needs of its residents. The Council needs to generate additional income to offset the revenue impacts of undertaking these projects across the Borough. The site is a key element in the emerging regeneration plans for Staines town centre.

    2596.

    Exempt report - Decision on award of contract for the provision of a Property Management System - Key Decision

    Councillor Ian Harvey

     

    To consider an exempt report on the award of a contract to provide a Property Management System.

    This report contains exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006):

    Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information). 

     

    In all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information because, it would be too speculative at this time to give an indication of contract value to the market and to disclose information as this stage might distort price submissions in any tender processes that are held in the future.

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

     

    Cabinet considered an exempt report on the provision of a Property Management System to help underpin and support the on-going management of the Council’s investment portfolio.

     

    The new system would effectively and efficiently manage property and enable officers to view Key Performance Indicator reports to keep financial risks to a minimum. It would ensure that accounting processes tie up with the Council’s obligations for financial reporting and auditing, allow the Council to maintain a full asset register, and the property team to have a rounded view of each and every asset. In addition, the system would encompass some key Facilities Management functions, and have the ability to tie in with future portals/third party suppliers to enable residential tenants to find a property, pay their rent and arrange for maintenance of their property online.

     

    Alternative options considered and rejected by the Cabinet:

    ·         Delay the start of the implementation project another month, which would result in missing the preferred ‘Go Live’ date of 1 September 2019.

     

    Resolved to approve the delegation for the award of contract for the Property Management software to the Group Head of Regeneration and Growth, in consultation with the Leader, Portfolio Holder for Finance (Councillor Williams) and the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance).

     

    Reason for decision

    A ‘fit for purpose’ Property Management System will enable the Council (over time) to manage its investment portfolio efficiently and accurately. The automated processes will ensure we can bring existing robust property processes back ‘in house’ and keep financial risk to a minimum.

    Delegation was requested as the tender process had not been completed in time for the Cabinet meeting.

    2597.

    Exempt report - West Wing, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines - Key Decision

    Councillor Ian Harvey

     

    To consider an exempt report on the procurement of construction services for conversion of the West Wing, Council Offices.

    This report contains exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006:

    Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information because, disclosure to the public would prejudice the financial position of the authority in the bidding procurement of contracts by allowing other parties to know the position of the Council.  This in turn prejudices the Council by (i) distorting the procurement process and (ii) prejudicing the opportunity for the Council to place contracts for the prudent management of its financial affairs.

     

    Minutes:

    Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

     

    Cabinet considered an exempt report seeking a construction budget for the conversion of the West Wing, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, to 25 new apartments.

     

    Alternative options considered and rejected by the Cabinet:

    ·         Withhold approval of the expenditure budget for construction works

     

    Resolved to:

    1.    Authorise the spend of £5,200,000 for the procurement of construction works;

     

    2.    Authorise the Head of Corporate Governance to enter into any legal documentation necessary to implement the redevelopment project; and

     

    3.    Delegate the appointment of the contractors to the Group Head of Regeneration and Growth in consultation with the Portfolio Holder.

     

    Reason for decision

    The conversion of the West Wing, Council Offices to residential use will meet the wider objectives of the Council in increasing the provision of housing within the Borough. The ongoing revenue stream (once the works have been completed) will assist in the future long term financial stability of the Council.