Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

CAB157

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIR FOR THE MEETING

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That Councillor Blunt be appointed Vice-Chair for the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That Councillor Blunt be appointed Vice-Chair for the meeting.

CAB158

MINUTES

To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 August 2020 (previously circulated).

 

Decision:

RESOLVED:           The Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 August 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 August 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

CAB159

URGENT BUSINESS

To consider any business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chair proposes to accept, under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB160

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.

 

These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB161

CHAIR'S CORRESPONDENCE

To receive any Chair’s correspondence.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB162

MEMBERS PRESENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 34

To note the names of any Councillors who wish to address the meeting under Standing Order 34.

 

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and on what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.

 

Decision:

Councillors A Ryves and M de Whalley attended under standing Order 34.

Minutes:

Councillors A Ryves and M de Whalley attended under standing Order 34.

CAB163

CALLED IN MATTERS

To report on any Cabinet Decisions called in.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB164

FORWARD DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 153 KB

A copy of the Forward Decisions List is attached

 

Decision:

The Forward Decisions list was noted

Minutes:

The Forward Decisions list was noted

CAB165

MATTERS REFERRED TO CABINET FROM OTHER BODIES pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive any comments and recommendations from other Council bodies which will follow.

 

Corporate Performance Panel recommendations are attached. 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The recommendations from the Panels relating to reports on the agenda had been read by Cabinet members and were taken into account with the relevant items.

Minutes:

The recommendations from the Panels relating to reports on the agenda had been read by Cabinet members and were taken into account with the relevant items.

CAB166

Climate Change Policy pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:     That the climate change policy be adopted.

 

Reason for Decision:

To provide a framework and approach for future climate change work done by the

BCKLWN.

Minutes:

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Cabinet considered the report which explained that the Motion to Council 5/19 was submitted to full council in October 2019. Council referred the motion to cabinet. The motion was discussed at cabinet on 4 February, 2020.

 

This was then agreed in Council on 7 July, 2020. Cabinets recommendations were as follows:

a. That officers be requested to prepare a climate change policy and separate strategy with action plan.

b. That the council fully recognise the evolving climate crisis and work towards Borough Council carbon footprint neutrality and net zero district carbon emissions. The dates will be determined considering emerging policies at the national and local level.

c. The current 12-month UEA intern post should be extended to a temporary 2-year fixed term post.

 

The report explained that this climate change policy was the first of 2 significant pieces of work requested by cabinet: the climate change policy and the climate change strategy and action plan.

 

It was pointed out that a climate change policy was needed to guide the direction of our climate change work going forwards. This policy provided a framework for other areas of council work to be referred against.

 

The policy would work alongside the council's corporate priority “protecting and enhancing the environment including tackling climate change”.

 

The policy highlighted our approach to tackling climate change, through reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as being the first step to embedding a positive climate change culture within the council.

 

Under standing order 34 Councillor de Whalley  addressed the Cabinet on the report stating he considered that the matter was under resourced by the Council, he gave statistics relating to climate change and emissions.  He stressed how important he considered it was to act quickly on this matter which he felt was a greater emergency than the current pandemic.

 

Under standing order 34 Councillor Ryes addressed Cabinet on the report.  He congratulated officers on the report and policy which he felt focussed the mind.

 

Cabinet members supported the report which was one further step in  a long journey. They thanked officers and Councillor Devereux who had been so involved whilst a cabinet member.  The comments from the Environment and Community Panel were taken into account.

 

RECOMMENDED:     That the climate change policy be adopted.

 

Reason for Decision:

To provide a framework and approach for future climate change work done by the

BCKLWN.

CAB167

Notice of Motion 1-20 - Climate Change pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:  That the motion be rejected.

 

Reason for Decision:

- The borough council is already taking timely actions to reduce emissions.

- The borough council is not the body vested with the authority within its

jurisdiction to tackle all areas of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk emissions.

- The Dutch Supreme Court Judgement (Urgenda v The State of the

Netherlands) does not bind the UK courts or government but may be of

persuasive influence.

- The acceptance or rejection of this motion will not be determinative of the

extent to which the Urgenda case impacts the borough council.

Minutes:

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Cabinet was reminded that Motion to Council 1/20 was submitted to Full Council in January 2020 and referred to Cabinet for consideration.

 

The wording of the Motion 1/20 was as follows:

 

 “This council recognises that it is the body vested with the authority within its jurisdiction (The Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk) to take such timely actions necessary to prevent dangerous climate change, as our fair share of the UK’s efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C (as per our commitments to the Paris Agreement), which is not only morally and politically the right thing to do but that it is also an inescapable legal obligation following the Dutch Supreme Court Judgement (Urgenda v The State of the Netherlands) on December 20th, 2019.”

“Environmental plans at all levels of government have the capacity to affect human rights, and the right to family life and the right to life. The Dutch Supreme Court’s ruling reflects this in stating that governments have a legal responsibility to reduce emissions, to mitigate climate change for the protection of their citizens under Articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR, 1953). All governments bound by the ECHR are subject to the same obligations. The UK is a signatory to the ECHR, and the same obligations are on UK Statute as the Human Rights Act 1998. The scope of this Act within the UK is unaffected by the withdrawal agreement and can only be rescinded by an act of parliament.”

 

Under standing order 34 Councillor de Whalley, the mover of the motion addressed Cabinet disagreeing on the stance taken in the report about where the authority lay in relation to the case.  He reminded Cabinet that west Norfolk was vulnerable whilst he considered that the Council was taking the bare minimum approach.

 

RECOMMENDED:     That the motion be rejected.

 

Reason for Decision:

- The borough council is already taking timely actions to reduce emissions.

- The borough council is not the body vested with the authority within its

jurisdiction to tackle all areas of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk emissions.

- The Dutch Supreme Court Judgement (Urgenda v The State of the

Netherlands) does not bind the UK courts or government but may be of

persuasive influence.

- The acceptance or rejection of this motion will not be determinative of the

extent to which the Urgenda case impacts the borough council.

 

CAB168

Revised Revenue Budget 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 748 KB

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:

 

1)     That the savings set out in Appendix 1 to the report be approved

2)     That the revised revenue budget for 2020/21 set out in Appendix 2 to the report be approved

 

Reason for Decision

To align budgets in response to the COVID pandemic and ensure effective budget monitoring can take place during 2020/21

 

Minutes:

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The Assistant Director – Resources presented her report which explained that following the last monitoring report update to Cabinet,  officers were asked to carry out a more detailed review of their budgets in order to identify plans to reduce the potential overspend in 2020/21 arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and report back to the September Cabinet meeting with recommendations for action. The report set out a proposal for revisions to the budget for 2020/21 which was the outcome of that work along with a number of proposed actions to further close the estimated budget gap.

 

The revised budget would also reflect the additional costs incurred by the Council in the response phase to the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional funding that had been received from central government.

 

The revised budget provided a funded budget for 2020/21 that incorporated budgets to meet the additional costs of COVID-19 to enable effective budget monitoring.  There was still an expectation that a draw on the General Fund Reserve balance would be needed to fund the budget which was based on a prudent level at this time.

 

The report set out the council’s progress towards Financial Plan priorities for 2020/21 in the period 1 April to 31 July 2020.

 

In presenting the report the Assistant Director stressed that the report and recommendations did not take into account the effect of a second wave of covid restrictions and their knock on effects.

 

Councillor Nockolds stressed the need to support the vulnerable members of the community, and the need to use the reserves for this purpose.

 

RECOMMENDED:

 

1)    That the savings set out in Appendix 1 to the report be approved

2)    That the revised revenue budget for 2020/21 set out in Appendix 2 to the report be approved

 

Reason for Decision

To align budgets in response to the COVID pandemic and ensure effective budget monitoring can take place during 2020/21

 

CAB169

Housing Delivery Test - Action Plan pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:            That the Updated Housing Delivery Test Action Plan be approved.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure that the Borough Council complies with its duties as set out within the NPPF and PPG. The Housing Delivery Test Action Plan is an update of the one which Cabinet endorsed previously. This sets out a series of updated appropriate actions for the Borough Council to consider and explore in the short, medium and long term in an attempt to increase housing supply and delivery.

 

Minutes:

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Cabinet considered a report on the Government changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) which had introduced the Housing Delivery Test (HDT). This was a relatively new test for Local Planning Authorities (LPA) to navigate. The test measured the number of homes actually delivered against how many homes should have been delivered over the past three-year period. Results were expressed as a percentage which dictated the measures required for the LPA to take or the penalties it faced. The Borough Council’s result for 2018 was 91%. This meant that a HDT Action Plan was required to be prepared. This was carried out and the Action Plan explored housing supply and delivery in some detail and then provided a series of Actions for the Borough Council to consider going forward in an attempt to increase housing supply and delivery. The Borough Council’s result for 2019 is 83%. This meant that the HDT AP was required to be updated and in addition a 20% buffer was applied to the 5-year housing land supply calculation. 

 

In discussing the paper concern was expressed about what the future tests would involve.  The importance of ensuring councillors were aware of the requirements and the implications of not meeting the targets was expressed.  A refresher on the requirements and implications for the Planning Committee was suggested.  The importance of getting the Local Plan in place and adopted was stressed.

 

RESOLVED:            That the Updated Housing Delivery Test Action Plan be approved.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure that the Borough Council complies with its duties as set out within the NPPF and PPG. The Housing Delivery Test Action Plan is an update of the one which Cabinet endorsed previously. This sets out a series of updated appropriate actions for the Borough Council to consider and explore in the short, medium and long term in an attempt to increase housing supply and delivery.

 

CAB170

Scrutiny and Executive Protocol pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:      1)         That the draft Protocol attached to the agenda be recommended to Full Council for approval as drafted.

 

2)     That the operation of the Protocol be reviewed after 12 months of operation.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To respond to the Statutory Guidance and promote a good working relationship between Scrutiny and the Executive.

 

Minutes:

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The Monitoring Officer presented the report which presented a draft Protocol which was designed to assist Members of the Policy Review and Development Panels and the Cabinet by defining the relationship between the Executive and Scrutiny and the role of Cabinet Members in the Scrutiny process.

 

The Protocol had been prepared in response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Statutory Guidance on Overview and Scrutiny in Local and Combined Authorities (“the Statutory Guidance”). This was statutory guidance which Local Authorities must have regard to when exercising their functions.

 

The draft Protocol was presented to all three Panels and was supported.

 

 

RECOMMENDED:    

 

1)         That the draft Protocol attached to the agenda be recommended to Full Council for approval as drafted.

 

2)            That the operation of the Protocol be reviewed after 12 months of operation.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To respond to the Statutory Guidance and promote a good working relationship between Scrutiny and the Executive.

 

CAB171

Review of Standing Orders and Articles pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the Monitoring Officer be requested to draft further amendments and submit to the Leader for decision in time for submission to Council on the following areas:

 

1)    The setting of a time limit of questions of portfolio holders at Council of 30 mins and the Leader of 15 mins.  Those questions to be allocated in the order of largest opposition Group, smaller opposition group, then the Administration.

2)    That whilst the normal appointments to Chairs would remain with Annual Council, if there are vacancies during the course of the year, Council be able to appoint a replacement, nominated by the Leader as is the case for annual council.

3)    That once a decision is taken to continue to sit after 3hours of a meeting, a further vote is taken each hour thereafter.

 

 

RECOMMENDED:     That the draft amendments to the Standing Orders and Articles attached to the report be recommended to Full Council for approval, subject to the further amendments as set out in the minute which will be submitted directly to Council.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure that the Council’s Constitution remains fit for purpose, reflects existing legislation and best practice

To take into account the comments of Cabinet members at the meeting.

Minutes:

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The Monitoring Officer presented a report on the draft amendments to the Standing Orders and Articles within the Borough Council’s Constitution following on from the meetings with Group Leaders and the representative for the Independent Group.

 

The proposed changes were attached to the report with the amendments shown as ‘tracked changes’ in the documents.

 

In discussing the proposed amendments, Cabinet requested that the Monitoring Officer prepare some further amendments on the following matters:

 

·         The setting of a time limit of questions at council of portfolio holders of 30 mins and the Leader of 15 mins.  Those questions to be allocated in the order of largest opposition Group, smaller opposition group, then the Administration.

·         That whilst the normal appointments to Chairs would remain with Annual Council, if there are vacancies during the course of the year, Council be able to appoint a replacement, nominated by the Leader as is the case for annual council.

·         That once a decision is taken to continue to sit after 3hours of a meeting, a further vote is taken each hour thereafter.

 

It was proposed that the Leader be invited to agree the amended wording prior to the amended documents being submitted to Council.

 

RESOLVED:  That Monitoring Officer be requested to draft further amendments and submit to the Leader for decision in time for submission to Council on the following areas:

 

·         The setting of a time limit of questions at council of portfolio holders of 30 mins and the Leader of 15 mins.  Those questions to be allocated in the order of largest opposition Group, smaller opposition group, then the Administration.

·         That whilst the normal appointments to Chairs would remain with Annual Council, if there are vacancies during the course of the year, Council be able to appoint a replacement, nominated by the Leader as is the case for annual council.

·         That once a decision is taken to continue to sit after 3hours of a meeting, a further vote is taken each hour thereafter.

 

 

RECOMMENDED:     That the draft amendments to the Standing Orders and Articles attached to the report be recommended to Full Council for approval, subject to the further amendments as set out in the minute which will be submitted directly to Council.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure that the Council’s Constitution remains fit for purpose, reflects existing legislation and best practice

To take into account the comments of Cabinet members at the meeting.

CAB172

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

The Cabinet is asked to consider excluding the public from the meeting under section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 for consideration of the item below on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

           

PRIVATE ITEM

Details of any representations received about why the following reports should be considered in public will be reported at the meeting.

 

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

 

CAB173

KLIC Loan Settlement Agreement

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:   1)         That the settlement agreement and payment plan terms between NWES and the Council as set out within the report be approved and delegated authority granted to the Assistant Director Property & Projects to progress the contract documentation in consultation with the council leader.

2)             That Authority be delegated to the Council’s legal services provider to draft and complete the necessary legal and contractual documentation necessary for the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre.

Reason for Decision

The Council during 2019 took possession of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) as part payment of monies owed from the financing arrangements for the delivery of this facility.  The Settlement Agreement and Payment Plan proposals set out within this report provides the Council with a realistic approach to recouping the outstanding debt owed by Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES).

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Property and Projects presented his report which set out the proposals for a Settlement Agreement and Payment Plan between Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES) and the Council relating to outstanding monies owed from the delivery of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC), Nar Ouse Way, King’s Lynn and sought authority to enter into the repayment arrangements as set out within the report.

 

RESOLVED:  1)         That the settlement agreement and payment plan terms between NWES and the Council as set out within the report be approved and delegated authority granted to the Assistant Director Property & Projects to progress the contract documentation in consultation with the council leader.

2)           That Authority be delegated to the Council’s legal services provider to draft and complete the necessary legal and contractual documentation necessary for the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre.

Reason for Decision

The Council during 2019 took possession of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) as part payment of monies owed from the financing arrangements for the delivery of this facility.  The Settlement Agreement and Payment Plan proposals set out within this report provides the Council with a realistic approach to recouping the outstanding debt owed by Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES).