Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Policy Development Working Group
Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Lisa Purse 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.


Apologies of Absence were received by Councillors Rod Truan, Stefan Mullard, David Carter and Mike Garnet.


Declarations of Interest

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




Minutes pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 1 December 2016.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 December 2016 be agreed as a correct record subject to adding Councillor Maggie Hulcoop to Agenda item 18 ‘apologies for absence’


Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.




Non Housing Asset Management Strategy

Work continues on the Council’s stock condition survey, the full results are now scheduled to be received towards the end of April 2017. In the absence of the full stock condition survey results and consequent analysis, it is not possible to establish a firm direction of travel for the Asset Management Plan at this stage.


It is anticipated that Officers will report the summary findings of the stock condition survey to the Cabinet Overview Working Group in June 2017, with the Asset Management Plan Review to follow thereafter.



Councillor Ian Beckett, Chair of Cabinet Working Overview Group informed the group that having spoken with Graeme Bloomer, Head of Place, that he would prefer the report to be presented to the group in full rather than incomplete.


Councillor Simon Carter advised that he had his concerns in the fact the report was taking far too long to produce. Councillor Ian Beckett advised that he is confirdent it would be dealt with thoroughly and presented to the group in June 2017.


Review of Pets Corner pdf icon PDF 177 KB


Jane Greer, Head of Community Wellbeing, gave a presentation on the progress made by the Pets Corner Working Group.


            RESOLVED that the report would be submitted to Cabinet with the following amendment.



Overview Working Group notes the progress made by the Pets’ Corner Working Group.



Overview Working Group recommends to Cabinet that the current subsidy 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.



The Overview Working Group recommends to Cabinet that Pets’ Corner develop a number of initiatives to increase income targets in order to reduce the level Council subsidy in the future.




Update on Town Centre pdf icon PDF 146 KB


Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise, gave a presentation on the proposed developments of the Town Centre


            RESOLVED that the report would be submitted to Cabinet with the following amendment.



The Overview Working Group notes the contents of the report.



An update report is provided to the Overview Working Group in six months’ time and ask that a sub group is established to support this on-going work.


Councillors Simon Carter and Maggie Hulcoop have already volunteered and the group would require a further two Councillors who would be willing to volunteer.



Work Plan pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To review the Overview Working Group’s work plan for the current year.



The Cabinet Overview Working Group reviewed the Work Plan for the year.


            RESOLVED that


a)    The 2016/17 Work Plan is noted.


b)    It was agreed that the Economic Development Strategy Interim Report would in fact be the FINAL report.


Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.