Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Adam Rees 

Note: The meeting will commence on the rise of Special Council 

Items
No. Item

111.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Lanie Shears and Emma Toal.

112.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

113.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 32 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2017 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

114.

Matters Arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

115.

Written Questions from the Public

To receive any questions from members of the public in accordance with Rule 10 of the Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

None.

116.

Written Questions from Councillors

To receive any questions from Councillors in accordance with Rule 11 of the Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

None.

117.

Petitions

To consider any petitions that have been referred to the Cabinet under the Council’s Petition Scheme.

Minutes:

None.

118.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To note the Forward Plan, which lists all upcoming Cabinet decisions and provides notice of key decisions and those expected to be taken in private session.

Minutes:

The Leader announced that Item 10 on the agenda would be considered after items 11a and 11b.

 

RESOLVED that the Forward Plan is noted.

119.

Recent Decisions Taken by The Leader, Deputy or Portfolio Holder(s)

To note recent Portfolio Holder decisions taken under delegated powers, as attached.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the following decision is noted.

119a

Portfolio Holder for Housing - 30 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 17 KB

120.

Communications from Committees/Working Groups/Parties and Panels

120a

Referral from Scrutiny Committee - Health and Wellbeing in Harlow pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that the Council’s health and wellbeing approach is referred to the Overview Working Group with a view to developing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy through the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report referred to it by the Scrutiny Committee following a review into health and wellbeing in Harlow.

 

Proposed by Councillor Tony Durcan (seconded by Councillor Jon Clempner) it was:

 

RESOLVED that the Council’s health and wellbeing approach is referred to the Overview Working Group with a view to developing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy through the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

120b

Referral from Cabinet Overview Working Group - Long-term Sustainability of Pets' Corner pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The current subsidy for Pets’ Corner of £195,000 in 2017/18 and £198,500 in 2018/19 is maintained and notes the Overview Working Group’s opinion that funding of some scale will be required beyond 2018/19, albeit in a potentially diminishing level.

 

B    Pets’ Corner develop a number of initiatives to increase income targets in order to reduce the level of Council subsidy in the future.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report referred to it by the Cabinet Overview Working Group on the long-term sustainability of Pets’ Corner.

 

Proposed by Councillor Tony Durcan (seconded by Councillor Jon Clempner) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The current subsidy for Pets’ Corner of £195,000 in 2017/18 and £198,500 in 2018/19 is maintained and notes the Overview Working Group’s opinion that funding of some scale will be required beyond 2018/19, albeit in a potentially diminishing level.

 

B    Pets’ Corner develop a number of initiatives to increase income targets in order to reduce the level of Council subsidy in the future.

121.

Enterprise Zone Investment Proposal pdf icon PDF 40 KB

The confidential appendix C to this report is at pages 77-85 (any discussion of which will be held in private session).

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Council undertakes borrowing of up to £4 million to complete the infrastructure works at the London Road North site of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

 

B    The Council agrees in principle to undertake borrowing up to £10 million to develop and construct an office building at the London Road North site of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

 

C    Delegated authority is given to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Portfolio Holders for Regeneration and Finance, to determine the level of borrowing within the maximum agreed in (A) above and to negotiate and to agree all contracts necessary to deliver the infrastructure for which the borrowing is undertaken.

 

D    The Chief Executive reports further to Cabinet on the options for the provision of the building in (B) above.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report on an investment proposal for the Enterprise Zone, which recommended the Council borrowed up to £4 million for infrastructure works on the site north of London Road and up to £10 million to develop and construct an office building.

 

Proposed by Councillor Tony Durcan (seconded by Councillor Jon Clempner) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Council undertakes borrowing of up to £4 million to complete the infrastructure works at the London Road North site of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

 

B    The Council agrees in principle to undertake borrowing up to £10 million to develop and construct an office building at the London Road North site of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

 

C    Delegated authority is given to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Portfolio Holders for Regeneration and Finance, to determine the level of borrowing within the maximum agreed in (A) above and to negotiate and to agree all contracts necessary to deliver the infrastructure for which the borrowing is undertaken.

 

D    The Chief Executive reports further to Cabinet on the options for the provision of the building in (B) above.

122.

Minutes of Panels/Working Groups

To note the following draft minutes of Cabinet appointed bodies. Minutes remain draft until approved by the relevant body.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings are noted.

122a

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 6 December 2016 of Housing Standards Board pdf icon PDF 142 KB

122b

Minutes of meeting Thursday, 19 January 2017 of Shareholders Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 22 KB

122c

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 31 January 2017 of Harlow Local Highways Panel pdf icon PDF 25 KB

123.

Matters of Urgent Business

To deal with any matters of an urgent nature.

Minutes:

None.