Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Thursday, 22nd September, 2022 8.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre

Contact: Adam Rees 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

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

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 592 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2022.

4.

Matters Arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

5.

Written Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 230 KB

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

6.

Written Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 274 KB

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

7.

Petitions

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

8.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 266 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.

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.

9a

Portfolio Holder for Strategic Growth - 29 July 2022 pdf icon PDF 15 KB

9b

Leader of the Council - 31 August 2022 pdf icon PDF 8 KB

10.

Year End 2021/22 Joint Finance and Performance Report pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A     Acknowledged the outturn position set out within the report in respect of the General Fund for the year ending 31 March 2022.

 

B     Recognised the End of Year operational performance and risk management that has been achieved in 2021/22 across all Council services.

 

C     Approved the movements through reserves as set out in the Appendix 3c to the report.

 

D     Approved the transfer of £1.215 million from the Budget Resilience Reserve to meet the 2021/22 overspend.

 

E     Noted the carry forward of resources from 2021/22 to 2022/23 as set out in the report totalling £217,986 approved under delegated powers by the Leader.

11.

Joint Finance and Performance Report, Quarter 1 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 297 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A    Noted the forecast outturn position set out within the report in respect of the General Fund for the first quarter (April-June) of 2022/23 of a projected overspend of £80,000 or 0.13 percent of the gross General Fund Budget.

 

B    Noted the Quarter 1 operational performance and risk management that has been achieved in 2022/23 across all Council services.

12.

Housing Revenue Account, Quarter 1 Finance Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet noted:

 

A    The Quarter 1 - HRA Budget Monitoring report as set out in the report and in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

B    That the forecast HRA general working balance as at 31 March 2023 will be £6.793 million.

13.

Capital Programmes, Quarter 1 Finance Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 431 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

A    Notes the progress and forecasts in the delivery of the Council’s Housing Capital Programme (HCP) as at Quarter 1 2022/23 as follows:

 

             i)        The current budget is £39.395 million, including £2.762 million carried forward from 2021/22. The projected outturn at Quarter 1 is £34.715 million as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

B    Notes the progress in the delivery of the Council’s Non-Housing Capital Programme (NHCP) as at Quarter 1 2022/23 as follows:

 

             i)        The current budget is £22.786 million, including £4.066 million carried forward from 2021/22. The projected outturn at Quarter 1 is £22.786 million as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

C    Approves the inclusion in the NHCP budget of an additional £60,083 for the installation of electric vehicle charge points within Harlow Council owned Car Parks. Expenditure is to be fully financed from a grant from The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.

14.

Community Safety Strategy pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A    The Community Safety Strategy 2021/22 – 2024/25 be approved, subject to consultation, to support and strengthen the council’s work with statutory and non-statutory partners to identify and tackle: all forms of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime; help reduce reoffending; increase visibility and engagement with residents; and support victims of crime.

 

B    Cabinet authorised that consultation be undertaken on this draft for a period of six weeks. Minor amendments will be submitted to the Director of Communities and Environment who will, in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Business and Community Resilience, develop the final version of the strategy following the conclusion of the consultation period.

15.

Confirmation of Office/Retail to Residential Article 4 Direction pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

A    Cabinet noted the revised geographical extent of the areas covered by the Article 4 Directions, as defined in Appendix A to the report, together with the supporting statement in Appendix B to the report.

 

B    The revised Article 4 Directions be confirmed to limit the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 to limit changes from Use Class E (retail and office) to Residential Use in Harlow Town Centre, Pinnacles, Templefields and Burnt Mill upon receipt of formal confirmation from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that they will support the Direction.

 

C    Delegated authority is provided to the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to make any minor amendments to the Directions as required by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

16.

Communications from Committees/Working Groups/Parties and Panels

17.

Minutes of Panels/Working Groups

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

18.

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.