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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Virtual WEBEX video conference via YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/cheltenhamborough. View directions

Contact: Bev Thomas, Democratic Services Team Leader 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 332 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2020.

4.

Public and Member Questions and Petitions pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Additional documents:

5.

Social Value Policy pdf icon PDF 337 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The social value policy attached as appendix 2 be agreed.

6.

Payment access review - the future pdf icon PDF 582 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Corporate Services

Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The cash office located at the Municipal Offices be permanently closed, as demand on the Council’s payment office has been reducing year on year;

2.    A comprehensive communications plan be created to sign post customers to alternative payment arrangements;

3.    Customers that still need to pay bills in cash be offered the option of paying at Post Office locations within the borough;

4.    The option of making payments by cheque be phased out by December 2021, due to year on year reductions in the number of customers making payments this way.

7.

Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 - Action Plan Update 2020 pdf icon PDF 483 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Housing

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Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The Housing, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan Update for 2020 be approved.

8.

Covid-19 Recovery Strategy pdf icon PDF 258 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The consultation on the Draft Recovery Strategy be noted;

2.    The changes to the document as a result of engagement and feedback be noted;

3.    Cheltenham Borough Council’s Recovery Strategy in Appendix A be approved;

4.    The review of the Recovery Strategy be delegated to the Executive Director People and Change as part of wider recovery group of officers and partners under specific workstreams;

5.    A report on the Recovery Strategy to be provided to Overview and Scrutiny and other local or county-wide partnership boards and meetings where appropriate.

9.

Housing Revenue Account - Acquisition of 320 Swindon Road Site pdf icon PDF 382 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Housing

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Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The acquisition of the site at 320 Swindon Road be approved on a conditional basis on the terms referenced at paragraphs 1 -5 within Appendix 2;

2.    The development of the site for affordable housing to be owned by the Authority be approved;

3.    It be noted that CBH, on behalf of the Authority, will apply for planning permission and conduct procurements to select contractors to carry out the design and construction of the new housing on this site;

4.    It be noted that subject to the tenders for the construction of the new housing being within the budgets approved by full Council and the receipt of planning permission, the Cabinet Member – Housing will approve the number of dwellings to be provided and will authorise the award of the contracts to the successful bidders where contracts are in excess of £100,000;

5.    Authority be delegated to the Executive Director – Finance and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member Housing to:

a.    submit and accept bids to Homes England (HE) for grant funding to support the delivery of new affordable housing and, subject to consultation with the Borough Solicitor, enter into required grant agreements;

b.    agree the tenure of the affordable housing that will be delivered on the site;

c.    approve the disposal of the units on a shared ownership basis, at an initial equity share appropriate to prospective purchasers.

6.    Authority be delegated to the Head of Property, in consultation with the Borough Solicitor, to take all necessary steps and undertake all necessary procedures, including:

a.    entering into any legal documents for and associated with the purchase of the site and disposal of constructed units on a shared ownership basis;

b.    entering into legal agreements and contracts (other than those referred to in paragraph 7(a) which do not exceed £100,000 or other documentation as may be required to implement or facilitate the development.

10.

Partition Screens in Licensed Vehicles pdf icon PDF 327 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Development and Safety

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Decision:

RESOLVED THAT:

1.    The consultation feedback be noted;

2.    The proposed policy attached at Appendix 2 of this report be approved.

11.

Briefing from Cabinet Members