Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Mr. M. Hand (Tel. 0116 305 6038)  Email: matthew.hand@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Webcast.

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1.

Minutes of the previous meeting. pdf icon PDF 145 KB

2.

Urgent items.

3.

Declarations of interest.

Decision:

Mr. I. D. Ould CC declared a personal interest in item 5, ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Provision – High Needs Block Development Plan’, as a life member of the National Association of Head Teachers.

 

4.

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2019/20 - 2022/23 - Proposals for Consultation. pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the proposed Medium Term Financial Strategy, including the 2019/20 revenue budget and capital programme, be approved for consultation and referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Committees and the Scrutiny Commission for consideration;

 

b)    That the Director of Corporate Resources, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead Member for Resources, be authorised to –

 

                          i.    agree a response to the draft Local Government Finance Settlement;

 

                         ii.    decide on the appropriate course of action for the potential Leicester and Leicestershire 75% Business Rates Retention Pilot in 2019/20,and subject to the acceptance of the submission made to the Government and the subsequent agreement by all member authorities to implement this;

 

                       iii.    decide on the appropriate course of action for the Leicester and

Leicestershire Business Rates Pool in 2019/20 and subject to

agreement by all member authorities to implement this;

 

                       iv.    approve expenditure relating to preparatory and investment costs for the High Needs Block Development Plan, to be funded by underspends in the 2018/19 revenue budget.

 

c)    That a further report is submitted to the Cabinet on 8 February 2019.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To enable the County Council to meet its statutory requirements with respect to setting a budget and Council Tax precept for 2019/20 and to provide a basis for the planning of services over the next four years.

 

To ensure that the County Council’s views on the Local Government Finance Settlement are made known to the Government.

 

To enable the County Council (alongside the pooling partners) to respond to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in respect of the 75% Business Rates Pilot (if successful) or Business Rates Pool within 28 days from the draft Local Government Finance Settlement.

 

5.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Provision - High Needs Block Development Plan. pdf icon PDF 320 KB

Decision:

a)    That the current overspend and forecast deficit for the High Needs Block budget be noted;

 

b)    That the Director of Children and Family Services be authorised to consult on the proposed High Needs Block Development Plan, specifically the development of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision;

 

c)    That a further report be submitted to the Cabinet in early summer 2019 regarding the outcome of the consultation exercise and presenting the final proposals for consideration. 

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The High Needs Block, part of the Dedicated Schools Grant, funds SEND provision and is currently overspent.  There are now insufficient reserves to offset the 2018/19 overspend and an overall DSG deficit is forecast.

 

The proposals, which would provide the basis for planning, commissioning, and delivering SEND services, seek to improve the quality and sufficiency of provision and address the overspend.  They would ensure that the growth in demand for places could be met and that best use is made of the resources available.

 

The Council is required to keep under review the special educational and social care provision made in its area for children and young people with SEN or a disability and the provision made outside of its area for such children and young people for whom the Council is responsible. In meeting this duty the Council is required to have regard to sufficiency and must consult those likely to be affected and this will enable the final proposals to be informed by the views of parents/carers, schools’ governing bodies and Trustees, school staff and pupils and other stakeholders having an interest in SEND provision.

 

6.

Housing Infrastructure Fund. pdf icon PDF 361 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission be noted;

 

b)    That the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bids relating to the southern section of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road and the South West Leicestershire Growth Area be pursued, for the reasons set out in paragraphs 27 to 39 of this report;

 

c)    That the Director of Environment and Transport, in consultation with the Director of Corporate Resources and the Director of Law and Governance, and following consultation with the relevant Cabinet Lead Members, be authorised to:-

 

                        i.     Undertake all further work necessary to prepare the HIF business cases and to complete the final bids ready for submission;

 

                      ii.       Submit HIF bids relating to the southern section of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road and the South West Leicestershire Growth Area by the deadline of 1 March 2019;

 

d)    That, should one or both of the HIF bids be successful, a further report be submitted to the Cabinet prior to acceptance of funding by the Council.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The County Council is working to an extremely tight timescale which has been set by the MHCLG. In order to be able to apply for HIF monies the absolute deadline for HIF bid submissions is 1 March 2019.

 

Considerable further work is still required to develop and complete the final bids’ content. It is therefore necessary that the relevant Chief Officers be authorised to progress matters and to submit the final bids on the basis that, should the bids be successful a report will be made to the Cabinet prior to acceptance.

 

 

7.

Warren Lane Area, Leicester Forest East and Barry Drive/Maytree Drive Area, Kirby Muxloe - Traffic Calming Scheme. pdf icon PDF 527 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the proposed traffic calming scheme for the Warren Lane area, Leicester Forest East and the Barry Drive/Maytree Drive area, Kirby Muxloe, as detailed at Appendix A and B of the report, not be implemented in accordance with the results of the consultation;

 

b)    That it be noted that the Council has received a petition proposing an alternative traffic calming scheme (as set out in Appendix C) which it cannot support based on safety concerns identified at paragraph 31 of the report;

 

c)    That every effort be made by Leicestershire County Council as the  Highways Authority to work with Blaby District Council, the developers and Parish Councils to agree on and deliver an alternative scheme that satisfies the planning requirements and timescales as set out in the s106 planning agreement.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The developers of the New Lubbesthorpe SUE development have a Section 106 planning obligation to deliver a traffic calming scheme (speed tables) which will help to prevent additional through traffic using the adjacent Leicester Forest East (Warren Lane) and Kirby Muxloe (Barry Drive/Maytree Drive) estates.

 

During the consultation, a petition of 111 signatures (and a number of public responses to the consultation) was received that did not support the proposed traffic calming scheme and requesting that Leicestershire County Council promote an alternative scheme publicly attributed to Kirby Muxloe Parish Council.  This alternative scheme would ban certain turning movements at the junction of Maytree Drive and the A47 Hinckley Road in order to discourage through traffic.

 

The two local members for the Glenfields, Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forests division, Mr. R. Blunt CC and Mr. L. Breckon CC do not support the original proposals.

 

 

 

8.

Leicestershire Food Plan and Good Food Leicestershire Charter. pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the Good Food Leicestershire Charter be approved.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The County Council has a statutory responsibility to take appropriate steps to improve the health of people who live in Leicestershire.

 

The importance of food for Leicestershire’s health, economy and sustainability is recognised through policies including the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Strategic Economic Plan, Environment Strategy and Leicestershire Municipal Waste Management Strategy. The Good Food Leicestershire Charter and Leicestershire Food Plan will build on these policies towards an improved food system across the county.

 

9.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.