Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday 8th October 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE

Contact: Graham Seal 

Items
No. Item

1.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2019 (previously circulated).

2.

APOLOGIES

3.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Cabinet and to receive any petitions.

4.

ACTIONS STATUS REPORT pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) on the status of actions agreed at the last Cabinet meeting.

5.

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 12

6.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.

7.

ITEMS REQUIRING KEY DECISION

To consider the following items for decision in the current Forward Plan:-

 

7a

Now Housing Limited Business Plan 2019 - 2025 (Forward Plan Reference FP930) pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Joint report of the Corporate Directors (Housing and Communities) and (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) submitting the Plan for approval.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Now Housing Limited Business Plan 2019-25 was approved.

7b

Draft Housing Delivery Strategy (Forward Plan Reference FP932) pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) introducing the draft Strategy for approval.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(1)     The Housing Delivery Strategy 2019 – 2025 was approved.

 

(2)     Delegated authority was given to the Director (Housing and Communities), in consultation with the Executive Member (Housing and Community), to make any minor changes to the Strategy.

 

(3)     The Cabinet noted that housing development updates would be provided to the Cabinet Housing Panel on a six monthly basis.

7c

Domestic Abuse Policy (Forward Plan Reference FP938) pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Recommendation from the meeting of the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 4 September 2019 on the adoption of an updated Domestic Abuse Policy.

 

Note: Report attached.  Click link below item 10 for the Appendixes:-

 

Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee Agenda Pack – 4 September 2019

https://democracy.welhat.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=155&MId=1006

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Domestic Abuse Policy, as updated and recommended by the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee, was adopted.

8.

ITEM REQUIRING KEY DECISION NOT IN THE FORWARD PLAN

To consider the following item for decision not in the current Forward Plan:-

8a

Business Rates Pooling pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) seeking delegated authority to enter into a business rates pooling arrangement with other authorities in Hertfordshire, if there is a financial case for doing so.

 

(Note: The Chairman of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been given notice that it was impracticable to comply with the requirement that at least twenty eight days notice must be given of the intention to make a key decision on the Forward Plan in accordance with Regulation 10 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 because it was urgent and could not reasonably be deferred for the reason specified).

 

(1)     The reason for this item is to enable a business rates pooling arrangement to be entered into if there was a financial case for doing so.

Decision:

Delegated authority was given to the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services), in consultation with the Executive Member (Resources), to submit an application for the 2020/21 Business Rates Pooling arrangement for Hertfordshire, if after full consideration, there was a financial case for doing so.

9.

VULNERABLE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT SCHEME pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) giving an update and seeking endorsement of the Council’s continued involvement and assistance in the current and future schemes.

Decision:

(1)     The Cabinet noted that the Council had resettled three families (16 people) through the Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme.

 

(2)     The Cabinet committed to take part in the Global resettlement scheme and endorsed the proposal to resettle a small number of further families via the scheme, in cases where there were established links with existing families.

10.

REVIEW OF THE HATFIELD COMMUNITY SPORT FUND pdf icon PDF 482 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) on a review of the purpose of the fund and the split of that funding.

Decision:

(1)     The Cabinet recommended to the Hatfield Community Sports Fund Board that no further applications or allocation of the Fund be considered or made whilst a review of the Fund takes place, save that any current funding applications up to the date of the Cabinet meeting that were in the process of being reviewed, be allocated as deemed appropriate by the Board.

 

(2)     The Cabinet agreed that this review would include meeting with the current Board member organisations as well as associated partners, which included the University of Hertfordshire, Sport England, the Rugby Football Union and Football Association. 

 

(3)     The Cabinet agreed that the review would focus on the purpose of the fund, how the fund was allocated and the split between football, rugby and community sport.

 

(4)     The Cabinet agreed that the review of the Fund would not include any changes to the geographical area of the Fund.

 

(5)     The Cabinet agreed that on the conclusion of the review a further report would be brought to the Cabinet to make recommendations on the future operation of the Fund.

11.

HERTFORDSHIRE LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP (HERTS LEP) LOCAL INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) on consultation on the draft Strategy.

Decision:

The Strategy was noted and the Head of Planning was authorised in consultation with the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) and the Executive Member (Environment and Planning) and the Executive Member (Regeneration, Economic, Development and Partnerships), to respond to the consultation.

12.

SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION

13.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Cabinet is asked to resolve:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for Item 14 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100(A)(3) and Paragraph 3 (private financial or business information) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

14.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN