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Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
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SY2 6ND

Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 11.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. View directions

Contact: Amanda Holyoak  Senior Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 22 January 2020

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Leader.

4.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 356 KB

To receive any questions from members of the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.  Deadline for notification is no later than 11.00 am on Monday 10 February 2020. 

Additional documents:

5.

Member Question Time

To receive any questions of which Members have given due notice, the deadline for notification for this meeting is 5.00 pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

6.

Scrutiny Items pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Report from the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee on the Financial Strategy Task and Finish group attached

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

To note the report of the Task and Finish Group and give consideration to the possibility of arranging a visit to Westminster for Shropshire Council members to lobby the Prime Minister and Government.

 

7.

Financial Strategy 20020/21 - 2024/25 - Final pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance attached

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

A.     Agree and recommend to Council the 2020/21 budget of £594.151m outlined in the Budget Book at Appendix 2, including the savings proposals outlined in section 4.5 of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) at Appendix 1.

B.     Note the changes required to the 2020/21 budget as a result of the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement and revised business rates and collection fund estimates.

C.     Note the revised funding gap for the years 2021/22 to 2024/25.

D.     Approve the recommended level of general balances to support the 2020/21 revenue budget at £19.242m, noting that the projected balance will be below this for 2020/21.

E.     Note the projected recommended level of general reserves for the following four years at £19.430m in 2021/22, £26.039m in 2022/23, £27.952m in 2023/24 and £29.925m in 2024/25.

F.     Note the continued use of the Policy for Flexibility around the use of Capital Receipts as detailed in section 8.1 of the MTFS.

8.

Capital Strategy 2020/21 - 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance TO FOLLOW

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

To agree and recommend to Council the adoption of the Capital Strategy 2020/21 - 2024/25 attached as Appendix 1.

 

9.

Commercial Strategy 2020 - 2023 pdf icon PDF 343 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Steve Charmley – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Assets, Economic Growth and Regeneration attached

 

Report of Director of Place, TO FOLLOW

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

To approve the Council’s updated Commercial Strategy for the period 2020 to 2023.

 

10.

Asset Management Strategy 2020 - 2025 pdf icon PDF 310 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Steve Charmley – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Assets, Economic Growth and Regeneration

 

Report of Director of Place attached

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

To approve the Council’s new Asset Management Strategy 2020 - 2025 as attached at
Appendix A.

 

11.

Workforce Strategy and Workforce Digital Strategy pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Lead Member – Lee Chapman – Portfolio Holder for Organisational Transformation and Digital Infrastructure

 

Report of Director of Workforce and Transformation

 

Contact:  Michele Leith, Director of Workforce and Transformation, 01743 258913

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

 

To approve the Council’s new Digital Workforce Strategy (2020/21) and Workforce Strategy (2020/23).

 

12.

Treasury Strategy 2020 /21 pdf icon PDF 431 KB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance attached

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That Cabinet recommend that Council:-

 

a)    Approve, with any comments, the Treasury Strategy for 2020/21.

 

b)    Approve, with any comments, the Prudential Indicators, set out in Appendix 1, in accordance with the Local Government Act 2003.

 

c)     Approve, with any comments, the Investment Strategy, set out in Appendix 2 in accordance with the MHCLG Guidance on Local Government Investments.

 

d)    Approve, with any comments, the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Policy Statement, set out in Appendix 3.

 

e)    Authorise the Section 151 Officer to exercise the borrowing powers contained in Section 3 of the Local Government Act 2003 and to manage the Council’s debt portfolio in accordance with the Treasury Strategy.

 

f)      Authorise the Section 151 Officer to use other Foreign Banks which meet Link’s creditworthiness policy as required. 

 

 

13.

Health and Wellbeing In All Policies pdf icon PDF 505 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Dean Carroll, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services and Climate Change

 

Report of Director of Public Health

 

Contact:  Rachel Robinson, 01743 252003

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That Cabinet approve:

 

2.1.     The adoption of the Health and Wellbeing in All Policies approach by Shropshire Council

2.2.     That phased “roll out” approach is taken to implementing the policy, focusing first on the Public Health Grant Substitutions and the “Healthy Environment” Strategic Priority

2.3.     That the Health and Wellbeing in All Policies approach is underpinned by a Health Impact Assessment process that includes a including a box into the Cabinet report and is supported with training and awareness raising.

 

 

14.

Shropshire Local Plan - Update on Preparation Timetable pdf icon PDF 516 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Robert Macey – Portfolio Holder for Housing and Strategic Planning

 

Report of Director of Place

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That Cabinet approves the proposed revisions to the Local Development Scheme (Appendix 1) which establishes the proposed timeframe for the Local Plan Review.

 

1.            That Cabinet approves an amendment to the period covered by the new Local Plan so that (once adopted) it will cover the period 2016-2038. 

 

15.

Future Swimming Provision In Shrewsbury pdf icon PDF 899 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Lezley Picton – Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure, Waste and Communications

 

Report of Director of Place attached

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

  1. Acknowledge the outcome of the report on Swimming In Shrewsbury – Strategic Outcomes Planning Guidance Report and the options appraisal for swimming provision in the town, attached at Appendix 1.

  2. Approve the recommendation that option 3, which delivers all swimming provision at the Quarry, as well as some additional health and wellbeing facilities and option 4, which delivers swimming provision in Shrewsbury over a split site, with a health, leisure and wellbeing centre on the Quarry site and a competition pool at the Sports Village, should be taken forward to the next stage of full feasibility, due diligence and design.

  3. Authorise Council officers to provide a report at a future Cabinet highlighting final recommendations on the preferred option, with outline design and costs, the outcome of any public consultation and a recommended procurement route.

  4. Agree that the detailed implementation of all aspects of the recommendations made within this report are delegated to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure, Waste and Communications.

E.     A final report be presented to Council in December 2020

16.

Determination of Admission Arrangements 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Ed Potter – Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services

 

Report of the Director of Children’s Services attached

 

Contact:  Karen Bradshaw 01743 254201

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

  1. That Cabinet approves the proposal to amend the local authority’s admission arrangements, namely:
    • To decrease the published admission number of St. Lawrence CE Primary School in Church Stretton from 36 to 34.

 

2.    That Cabinet approves the admission arrangements for 2021/22 without further amendment to those determined in February 2019.

 

3.   That Cabinet, by the determination of the school admission arrangements for Shropshire Council for the academic year 2021/22, agrees to the publication of the arrangements in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014.

 

4.   That officers notify the Secretary of State by 28 February 2020 that Shropshire Council has determined its school admissions arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year.

 

17.

Fees and Charges 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance attached

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.1      To Approve the charges for 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix 3 to be implemented 1 April 2020, recognising that managers have proposed varying policies for 2020/21.

 

1.2      to note that as previously agreed, any changes to fees and charges proposed by Shropshire community leisure trust ltd. in relation to the outsourced leisure facilities will only be referred to Cabinet and Council for approval if the proposed increases exceed consumer price index (CPI) for the preceding November.

1.3      that subject to restrictions or exemptions identified in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill it is recommended to council that 

                    I.        social housing rents for 2020/21 are increased by 2.7% from 6th april 2020.

                  II.        affordable rents for 2020/21 are increased by 2.7% from 6th april 2020.

                 III.        Shared Ownership rents continue to be set at 2.75% of the outstanding capital value of the home at the time of sale and thereafter increased each April in accordance with the terms specified in the lease agreements.

 

                IV.        Service charges continue to be set on the basis of actual cost.

 

18.

Estimated Collection Fund Outturn For 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 629 KB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance attached

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

          To note the overall Collection Fund estimated surplus of £4.474m for the year ending 31st March 2020, comprised of an estimated surplus of £3.355m for Council Tax and an estimated surplus of £1.119m for Non-Domestic Rates (NDR).

 

2.2    To note the distribution of the Collection Fund estimated surplus for Council Tax and surplus for NDR to the major / relevant precepting authorities and the Secretary of State.

 

2.3    To note Shropshire Council’s share of the overall estimated surplus of £3.650m, comprised of an estimated surplus of £2.758m for Council Tax and an estimated surplus of £0.892m for NDR.

 

2.4    To note the inclusion of Shropshire Council’s share of the overall estimated surplus in the 2020/21 budget.

 

19.

Treasury Management Update Quarter 3 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 547 KB

Lead Member – Councillor David Minnery – Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support

 

Report of Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance attached

 

Contact:  James Walton 01743 258915

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

to accept the position as set out in the report.

 

20.

Recommendation for Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Development Plan to Proceed to Referendum pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Lead Member – Councillor Robert Macey –Portfolio Holder for Housing and Strategic Planning

 

Report of Director of Place attached

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    The Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Development meets the ‘basic conditions’ and all other legal requirements as summarised in the Independent Examiner’s Report, subject to the modifications proposed in the Schedule of Modifications (Appendix 2)

2.    The required modifications be agreed to the Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Development Plan and that the Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum Version (January 2020) proceed to referendum. 

3.    The referendum area be that as defined as the designated area to which the Neighbourhood Development Plan relates, i.e. the Stoke Upon Tern parish boundary.

4.    The Executive Director for Place be authorised to exercise all the relevant powers and duties and undertake necessary arrangements for the Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum Version (January 2020) to now proceed to Referendum and for the Referendum to take place asking the question ‘whether the voter wants Shropshire Council to use this neighbourhood plan for the Stoke Upon Tern Neighbourhood Plan area to help it decide planning applications in this neighbourhood area’. 

 

 

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