Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Friday, 22 May 2020 11.00 am

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Anna Poole (Tel. 0116 305 2583)  Email: anna.poole@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Order paper. pdf icon PDF 418 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2NKDhFz

 

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 28 April 2020. pdf icon PDF 169 KB

2.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

3.

Declarations of interest.

Decision:

Mr. Rushton CC, Mr. Breckon CC, Mr. Blunt CC, Mrs. Richardson CC, and Mr. Shepherd CC declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 (a) (Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact and Response of the County Council) as members of district councils.

 

4.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact and Response of the County Council. pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)      Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact and Response of the County Council

 

(a)    That the actions taken to date in response to COVID-19 be noted;

 

(b)    That thanks be conveyed to the Sichuan Provincial People's Government for its donation of 20,000 face masks;

 

(c)    That the work that has commenced on recovery be noted and the establishment of the cross-party working group with the terms of reference as set out in Appendix B be approved.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To advise on the current position on the response to the coronavirus pandemic and to seek agreement to the establishment of a cross-party working group to provide high-level direction and political perspective to the County Council’s Recovery Plans.

 

(b)      Coronavirus (Covid-19) Financial Implications

 

(a)    That the increasingly serious financial position facing the County Council and the measures in place to monitor and minimise the impact be noted.

 

(b)    That the district councils, as collection authorities, be asked to provide the County Council as soon as possible with accurate, updated council tax collection figures.

 

(c)    That the County Council’s financial position be drawn to the attention of Members of Parliament with a request that they advocate with Ministers the measures set out in this report to ensure the stability of the County Council and its ability to provide front line services, whilst noting that the ongoing pressures on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities budget exacerbate the financial concerns.

 

(d)    That the support given to providers of adult social care and that further support will be provided, as set out in the report, be noted.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To ensure Members have a clear understanding of the Council’s financial position, both in the short and medium term, to enable them to make informed decisions on future service delivery and also to support them in discussions with Cabinet Members and MPs in securing monetary resources to safeguard the ongoing financial viability of the County Council, and local government in general.

5.

Country Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2019 - 2029. pdf icon PDF 438 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)    That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission on the draft Strategy, and changes made as a result, be noted;

 

(b)    That the Country Parks and Open Spaces Strategy 2019 – 2029 be approved.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The Country Parks and Open Spaces Strategy has been developed to give a strategic direction to developments, including maintenance and preservation, within country parks in Leicestershire over the next ten years.

 

6.

Leaders Farm Development Proposal. pdf icon PDF 541 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)    That Option 2 for development of the Leaders Farm site as set out in paragraph 26 of the report be approved, namely

 i.      two Drive Thru restaurant units

ii.      a 50,000 sq ft light industrial unit (subject to successful negotiations with the proposed tenant)

iii.     further light industrial units on the remainder of the site (at an appropriate time in the future, subject to wider market assessment of the need for such units);

 

(b)    That £8.2m be allocated from the Corporate Asset Investment Fund for the development of the Leaders Farm Site as set out in (a) above;

 

(c)    That the Director of Corporate Resources, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead Member, be authorised to undertake all necessary preparatory work to enable the submission of a planning application for the proposed development.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The development of the Council-owned land will support the delivery of both new business accommodation and income generating assets.

 

Having reviewed the various options available to the Council, Option 2 presents the best projected return for the capital invested based on current information.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED

 

The following 4 options were considered:

 

Option 1 - Develop the entire site including the Drive Thru units and the Light Industrial Units. This would require a capital contribution of approximately £7.95m.

 

Option 2 - Develop the site with the Drive Thru units, the unit for the purchasing consortium occupier (subject to successful negotiations) and the remaining site with light industrial units, subject to demand. This would require a capital contribution of approximately £8.2m but would be offset by a £6m capital receipt from the consortium occupier’s unit sale.

 

Option 3 - Develop the site with the Drive Thru units, the unit for the potential occupier and dispose of the remaining land. This would require a capital investment of approximately £6.44m but would be offset by a £6m capital receipt from the occupier and possibly a capital receipt in the region of £750,000 from the sale of the remaining land.

 

Option 4 - In the event the occupier interest does not come to fruition the Council could develop the Drive Thru units and dispose of the remaining land. This would require a capital contribution of approximately £3m offset by a land sale of potentially £1.75m.

7.

Leicestershire Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-23. pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)    That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission on the Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-2023, be noted;

 

(b)    That the County Council at its meeting on 8 July 2020 be recommended to approve the Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-2023.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The County Council has a statutory duty under Section 40 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to produce an annual Youth Justice Plan. Following guidance issued by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in 2015, the Youth Offending Service Management Boards (YOSMB) were able to choose whether to develop a one or three-year Plan. The new Plan will cover a three-year period with annual updates being provided to the YOSMB and YJB, so reducing the burden on the Youth Offending Service.

 

The Youth Justice Board may request the Youth Offending Service to undertake further reviews of the Plan before it is next refreshed in 2021 to ensure that it reflects changes in priorities and budget.

8.

Dates of Council Meetings 2020-21 and 2021-22. pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Decision:

That the County Council be recommended to hold meetings on the following dates during the next two municipal years:-

 

Wednesday 30 September 2020 

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Wednesday 17 February 2021 (to consider the budget)

Wednesday 19 May 2021 (Annual Meeting)

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Wednesday 23 February 2022 (to consider the budget)

Wednesday 18 May 2022 (Annual meeting)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To comply with the Local Government Act 1972 and the County Council’s Standing Orders.

 

9.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.

10.

Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent.