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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Pittville Room - Municipal Offices. View directions

Contact: Rosalind Reeves, Democratic Services Manager 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillor Steve Jordan

 

In the absence of the Leader Councillor Chris Coleman chaired the meeting in his capacity as Deputy Leader.

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Jeffries declared an interest in Agenda item 6 as an active Member of the proposed forum and would withdraw from the room for this item.

3.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 11 April 2017 and 24 April 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings held on 11 April and 24 April were approved and signed as a correct record.

4.

Public and Member Questions and Petitions

These must be received no later than 12 noon on the fourth working day before the date of the meeting

Minutes:

There were none.

5.

Surrender and Re-grant of Lease to Cheltenham Saracens Rugby Football Club(Authority to Dispose of Open Space) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Finance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member Finance introduced the report which outlined the request by the Cheltenham Saracens Rugby Football Club to extend the pavilion building owned by the Borough which the Club occupied by way of lease. The report concerned a change in the proposed area previously agreed by Cabinet. She highlighted that this was a successful, well used club and the only financial implication was that the lease would in effect restart, i.e. the lease would continue for 25 years compared to the 7 years remaining on the current lease.

Members supported the proposal, emphasising that the site was of great value to the community and the club’s success was testament to this.

 

RESOLVED THAT

1.    the parcel of open space land outlined in red on the attached plan, Appendix 3, be disposed of by way of lease for a term of 25 years to Cheltenham Saracens Rugby Football Club upon terms and conditions negotiated by the Head of Property & Asset Management and at an annual rent he considers to represent the best that can reasonably be obtained.

2.    documents be entered into as the Borough Solicitor deems necessary or desirable to reflect the terms negotiated by the Head of Property and Asset Management

 

6.

Application for designation of a Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum by the Springbank Neighbourhood Forum pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Cabinet Member Development and Safety

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member Housing, Councillor Jeffries left the room for this item and therefore did not participate in the debate.

 

The Cabinet Member Development and Safety introduced the updated report which had been circulated prior to the meeting regarding an application which had been received to designate a neighbourhood plan area for Springbank and designate the Springbank Neighbourhood Forum as the neighbourhood forum for that area. He reported that the application had been assessed against the requirements set out in the legislation and was considered to meet the requirements to enable designation of the neighbourhood area and of the neighbourhood forum. The Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Protocol had been used to guide officers in assessing the application.

The Cabinet Member explained that this was the second application the Borough had received to designate a neighbourhood forum in the west of Cheltenham. The first application had been rejected by Cabinet as the submitted forum application had been made for an area which was not considered appropriate as a neighbourhood area. This was because the area cut across ward boundaries and included a number of separate communities, which would reduce community cohesion. Secondly, because the area applied for was not agreed as constituting an appropriate area, the membership of the applied for forum could not be found to comply with Section 61F(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 part (c); having a membership of “a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives in the neighbourhood area concerned”

Given the objections to the current application, the Cabinet Member Development and Safety explained that this application complied with the Regulations as outlined in paragraph 4.3 of the report. He then drew Members’ attention to the supplementary documentation which had been circulated in advance of the meeting highlighting paragraphs 4.4 and 4.5 of the report stating that officers had considered the representations received and saw no planning reason to object to the applications.

The Cabinet Member emphasised that the current application differed from the previous application in several key ways. Firstly, it has been submitted by a different organisation (Springbank Neighbourhood Forum). Secondly, the current application area followed the boundary of the Springbank ward whereas the previous application included Springbank ward as well as Hesters Way ward and the majority of St. Mark’s and St. Peter’s wards.

The Cabinet Member sought the advice from the Head of Law in terms of whether due process had been followed in terms of the Regulations and constitutional requirements. The Head of Law explained that in terms of the Regulations, these were detailed technical requirements which the planning officers would have considered and were clearly satisfied with in bringing the report to Cabinet for decision. With regard to the council’s constitution he drew Members’ attention to the general principles of decision making which were followed at the council;  Members should be satisfied that they had been provided with sufficient facts and information, including the officer advice and report, to enable them to reach a balanced and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Corporate Services

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Minutes:

The Cabinet Member Corporate Services introduced the report and explained that the policy had been updated and adopted in April 2016 to reflect the changes to the counter fraud arrangements at the council, with the development of a new Counter Fraud Unit within Internal Audit. The policy had now been revised, very minimally, to reflect the position in relation to the counter fraud provision by the Counter Fraud Unit within the Authority. The Counter Fraud Unit was no longer operating within Internal Audit but was a separate shared support service reporting to the Chief Finance Officer.

 

The Cabinet Member highlighted that as an authority counter fraud was taken very seriously and the key phrase in the policy was zero tolerance.

 

RESOLVED THAT

 

1.    The revised Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy be approved.

2.    The Chief Finance Officer be authorised to approve future minor amendments in consultation with the Counter Fraud Unit and appropriate Officers, Members and One Legal.

8.

Briefing from Cabinet Members

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member Corporate Services informed Members that the first board meeting of Publica would take place on Friday 19 May.

9.

CABINET MEMBER DECISIONS SINCE THE LAST MEETING OF CABINET

Minutes:

Cabinet Member

Decision

Clean and Green Environment

Mechanical Sweeping Trial in Cheltenham

Clean and Green Environment

Cardboard Sacks-Tender Acceptance Report

Finance

Sale of land owned by CBC at Ham Hill to Dunkerton Properties Ltd

Finance

Amendment of contract for new entrance doors to dwellings to allow fluctuation in tendered rates

Housing

Community Sponsorship Scheme -Syrian Refugees

 

10.

Local Government Act 1972 - Exempt Business

The Cabinet is recommended to approve the following resolution:-

 

“That in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the remaining agenda items as it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public are present there will be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in paragraph 3, Part (1) Schedule (12A) Local Government Act 1972, namely:

 

Paragraph 3; Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular

person (including the authority holding that information)

11.

Exempt Minutes

Exempt Minutes of the meeting held on 24 April 2017

Minutes:

The exempt minutes of the meeting held on 24 April 2017 were approved and signed as a correct record.