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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 11.00 am

Venue: Shrewsbury Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

Contact: Jane Palmer  Senior Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

79.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Nick Bardsley.

80.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Members are reminded that they must not participate in the discussion or voting on any matter in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and should leave the room prior to the commencement of the debate.

Minutes:

Councillors Robert Macey and Steve Davenport both declared an interest in item 9, Community Asset Transfer:  Oswestry Station Building, as they both had been involved with the Organisation involved in the transfer on a similar project.  Both left the room for the duration of this item. 

 

 

81.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To approve as correct records and sign the Minutes of the Cabinet meetings held on 17 and 26 September 2018.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That, subject to the deletion of the incomplete text at Minute 75, the Minutes of the Cabinet meetings held on 17 and 26 September 2018 be approved.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That, subject to the deletion of the incomplete text at Minute 75, the Minutes of the Cabinet meetings held on 17 and 26 September 2018 be approved.

 

82.

Public Question Time

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.  Deadline for notification for this meeting is no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

83.

Member Questions

To receive any questions of which members of the Council have given due notice, the deadline for notification for this meeting is 5.00pm on Friday 12 October 2018.

Minutes:

There were no member questions.

84.

Scrutiny Items

To consider any scrutiny matters from Council or any of the Scrutiny Committees.

Minutes:

There were no scrutiny items

85.

Shropshire's Great Outdoors Strategy pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Lead Member – Councillor L Picton – Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure

 

Report of the Chief Executive

 

Contact: Clive Wright          Tel: 01743 252702

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the publication of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018 to 2028 and the revised Shropshire Council policies in Appendix 5 of the Strategy be supported.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Culture introduced the report of the Chief Executive setting out Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018 – 2028.  She drew attention to the significant benefits to the county provided by access to the outdoors including to the health and wellbeing and economy of the county.    She thanked all contributors to the Strategy, including the wide range of voluntary sector partners and their teams, town and parish councils and the public.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the publication of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018 to 2028 and the revised Shropshire Council policies in Appendix 5 of the Strategy be supported.

86.

Annual Report on Health and Safety Performance for 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 425 KB

Lead Member – Councillor S Charmley – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support

 

Report of the Head of Human Resources and Development

 

Contact: Michele Leith        Tel: 01743 254402

Decision:

RESOLVED:

i)       The contents of the report are accepted; particularly noting:

·         Good progress has been made during 2017/2018 on managing health and safety across the Council.

 

·         Reportable employee accidents to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have increased and minor accidents have decreased compared to last year’s figures.

 

·         Benchmarking with other Unitary Councils show that Shropshire Council performs well in terms of accident statistics.

 

·         Service Areas and the Health & Safety Team work well together.

 

·         The Council continues to maintain a good relationship with the HSE.  

ii)  The Key Actions for 2018/2019 are agreed

      The key actions for Shropshire Council are:

·         The Health and Safety Team to work with Service Areas to produce and implement H&S management systems including policies, procedures and arrangements

 

·         Development of external contracts with associated Service Level Agreements (SLA) in place.

 

·         To fulfil contractual monitoring and support to Academies and customers under Service Level Agreements

 

·         Continue updating and monitoring of Workstation Safety Plus to reduce risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

 

·         Raise awareness of workstation assessments in particular agile working.

 

·         Continuation of staff wellbeing events throughout the year.

 

·         Support ‘Leap into Learning’ development for e-learning health and safety awareness courses across service areas.

 

·         Digital Transformation Programme – support development for the management of accident data and case management arrangements for occupational health.

 

·         To engage with Service Areas to ensure that health and safety compliance is in place and to review Self-Monitoring Checklist to ensure roll out to Premise and Team Managers     .

 

·         To continue to implement the Wellbeing Plan and facilitate three themes of Be Active, Be Minded and Be Informed

 

·         Market and deliver new Defibrillator course that has been developed

 

Minutes:

The Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support outlined the report of the Head of Human Resources and Development setting out the Annual Report on Health and Safety Performance for 2017/2018.  In response to a question from a Member regarding percentage of stress related absence the Deputy Leader agreed to supply information on actual figures. 

 

RESOLVED:

i)       The contents of the report are accepted; particularly noting:

·         Good progress has been made during 2017/2018 on managing health and safety across the Council.

 

·         Reportable employee accidents to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have increased and minor accidents have decreased compared to last year’s figures.

 

·         Benchmarking with other Unitary Councils show that Shropshire Council performs well in terms of accident statistics.

 

·         Service Areas and the Health & Safety Team work well together.

 

·         The Council continues to maintain a good relationship with the HSE. 

ii)  The Key Actions for 2018/2019 are agreed

      The key actions for Shropshire Council are:

·         The Health and Safety Team to work with Service Areas to produce and implement H&S management systems including policies, procedures and arrangements

 

·         Development of external contracts with associated Service Level Agreements (SLA) in place.

 

·         To fulfil contractual monitoring and support to Academies and customers under Service Level Agreements

 

·         Continue updating and monitoring of Workstation Safety Plus to reduce risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

 

·         Raise awareness of workstation assessments in particular agile working.

 

·         Continuation of staff wellbeing events throughout the year.

 

·         Support ‘Leap into Learning’ development for e-learning health and safety awareness courses across service areas.

 

·         Digital Transformation Programme – support development for the management of accident data and case management arrangements for occupational health.

 

·         To engage with Service Areas to ensure that health and safety compliance is in place and to review Self-Monitoring Checklist to ensure roll out to Premise and Team Managers     .

 

·         To continue to implement the Wellbeing Plan and facilitate three themes of Be Active, Be Minded and Be Informed

 

·         Market and deliver new Defibrillator course that has been developed

 

87.

Community Asset Transfer: Oswestry Station Building pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Lead Member – Councillor S Charmley – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support

 

Report of the Director of Place  TO FOLLOW

 

Contact: Mark Barrow         Tel: 01743 258919

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That, in principle, the disposal of the Oswestry Station Building as a Community Asset Transfer is agreed, with delegated authority to the Director of Place, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support, to agree the method and terms of disposal to ensure compliance with State Aid Rules and the Council’s legislative obligations, and a one-off grant funding award of up to £30,000 to the Trust. 

 

Minutes:

Councillors Davenport and Macey left the room for the duration of this item.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support introduced a report of the Director of Place setting out an assessment of an application made by Oswestry Station Building Trust in respect of the Oswestry Station Building.  The report concluded in a recommendation to make this Transfer and a funding award in line with the Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy.  He moved a slight amendment to the recommendation in order that it reflect the recent appointment of the Director of Place.  Following a brief discussion regarding the need to ensure compliance with state aid rules, the Head of Legal and Democratic Services agreed to circulate a briefing note for Members on the principles of these regulations.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That, in principle, the disposal of the Oswestry Station Building as a Community Asset Transfer is agreed, with delegated authority to the Director of Place, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Commercial Support, to agree the method and terms of disposal to ensure compliance with State Aid Rules and the Council’s legislative obligations, and a one-off grant funding award of up to £30,000 to the Trust. 

 

88.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To resolve that, in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and Paragraph 10.4 (3) of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item/s.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That, in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and Paragraph 10.4 (3) of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item.

89.

Exempt Minutes

To approve as a correct record and sign the Exempt Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 26 September 2018.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the exempt Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 26 September 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the exempt Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 26 September 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

 

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