Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 16th June, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre

Contact: Adam Rees 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

None.

2.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

Councillor Chris Vince declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 10, Wych Elm Development Brief – Consultation, as he was employed by a company that operated from Wych Elm.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 667 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2022 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

4.

Matters Arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

5.

Written Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 198 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The questions, together with the answers, are appended to the minutes.

6.

Written Questions from Councillors

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

Minutes:

None.

7.

Petitions

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

Minutes:

None.

8.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 273 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 said that the Forward Plan had been reviewed by the Senior Management Board (SMB) in line with the Corporate Strategy. He was aware that there were a large number of items scheduled for some meetings and he had asked SMB to further review how the workload could be managed, included through the inclusion of further meetings.

 

RESOLVED that the Forward Plan is noted.

9.

Recent Relevant 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 decisions be noted.

9a

Portfolio Holder for Housing - 6 May 2022 pdf icon PDF 9 KB

9b

Leader of the Council - 30 May 2022 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

10.

Wych Elm Development Brief - Consultation pdf icon PDF 654 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A    Approves the Draft Wych Elm Development Brief, as set out in Appendix A to the report, to enable it to be published for the purposes of consultation.

 

B    Delegates authority to the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to make and approve any minor or inconsequential amendments to the Draft Wych Elm Development Brief arising from the statutory consultation.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report on the Draft Wych Elm Development Brief for approval for publication for consultation.

 

Proposed by Councillor Dan Swords (seconded by Councillor Michael Hardware) it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A    Approves the Draft Wych Elm Development Brief, as set out in Appendix A to the report, to enable it to be published for the purposes of consultation.

 

B    Delegates authority to the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to make and approve any minor or inconsequential amendments to the Draft Wych Elm Development Brief arising from the statutory consultation.

11.

Cabinet Appointments pdf icon PDF 16 KB

Minutes:

Cabinet received the Cabinet Appointments for 2022/23.

 

RESOLVED that the Cabinet Appointments for 2022/23 be agreed.

12.

Communications from Committees/Working Groups/Parties and Panels

Minutes:

None.

13.

Referral from Scrutiny Committee - Policing and Community Safety Annual Review - Question and Answer Session with the Police pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A    Cabinet requests that work is undertaken to identify what changes to CCTV provision could be made in the Town Centre and any budget implications arising from these, with a report to be brought back to Cabinet at a later date.

 

B    The Police be asked to provide contact information for Police Officers assigned to each Ward.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report from the Scrutiny Committee on the Policing and Community Safety Annual Review.

 

Proposed by Councillor (seconded by Councillor) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     Cabinet requests that work is undertaken to identify what changes to CCTV provision could be made in the Town Centre and any budget implications arising from these, with a report to be brought back to Cabinet at a later date.

 

B     The Police be asked to provide contact information for Police Officers assigned to each Ward.

 

14.

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:

 None.

15.

Matters of Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

None.

16.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Chair will move that the following item be taken in private session on the grounds that it is likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as specified under Paragraph 3 of Part One of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, if and so long as in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the following item be taken in private session on the grounds that it is likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as specified under Paragraph 3 of Part One of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, if and so long as in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

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

 

17.

Town Centre Developments

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A    Cabinet agrees (subject to formal contract) that Harlow Council completes the purchase of a property in the Town Centre, as set out in the report, on an unconditional basis for a sum set out in the report.

 

B    Authority is delegated to the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration and Director of Finance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to finalise the detailed terms of the purchase of the site with the Vendor.

Minutes:

Cabinet received a confidential report on town centre developments.

 

Proposed by Councillor Dan Swords (seconded by Councillor Michael Hardware) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A    Cabinet agrees (subject to formal contract) that Harlow Council completes the purchase of a property in the Town Centre, as set out in the report, on an unconditional basis for a sum set out in the report.

 

B    Authority is delegated to the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration and Director of Finance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to finalise the detailed terms of the purchase of the site with the Vendor.