Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Friday, 24 May 2024 11.00 am

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Ms. J. Bailey (Tel. 0116 305 2583)  Email: jenny.bailey@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Webcast and Order Paper. pdf icon PDF 139 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed here

 

 

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2024. pdf icon PDF 121 KB

2.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

3.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

4.

Provisional Revenue and Capital Outturn 2023/24. pdf icon PDF 411 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the 2023/24 provisional revenue and capital outturn be noted;

 

b)    That the prudential indicators for 2023/24 as shown in Appendix E to the report be noted;

 

c)    That the transfers to earmarked reserves, as set out in paragraphs 65 and 66 of the report, be approved.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To note the provisional revenue and capital outturn for 2023/24 and agree the transfers to earmarked reserves to fund future commitments.

5.

Recycling and Household Waste Sites - Outcome of Public Consultation and Proposed Service Changes pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the Somerby Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS) be closed with effect from October 2024;

 

b)    That the opening arrangements at the Recycling and Household Waste Sites at Bottesford, Market Harborough, Kibworth, and Shepshed be as follows with effect from October 2024:

 

i.          Bottesford - three days per week,

ii.         Market Harborough - three days per week,

iii.        Kibworth - four days per week,

iv.        Shepshed - two days per week;

 

c)    That the summer opening hours at all the Council’s Recycling and Household Waste Sites be reduced with effect from April 2025, to be as follows:

 

i.          from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays;

ii.         from 9.00am to 7.00pm on other days;

 

d)    That all the Council’s Recycling and Household Waste Sites be closed on Christmas Eve with effect from December 2024;

 

e)    That subject to approval of a) above, the Somerby RHWS be considered for disposal. 

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To note the outcome of the public consultation.

 

The recommended proposals will enable the savings target set out in the 2024-28 Medium Term Financial Strategy to be achieved.

 

The Cabinet in June 2023 accepted the recommendations of the Scrutiny Review Panel including that if sites were closed, initially plans to decommission but not sell them be supported. Only the Somerby RHWS is now proposed for closure and the site is then likely to be surplus to requirement. If so, its future use or disposal would be a matter for the Director of Corporate Resources using his delegated powers.

 

6.

Development of the Local Transport Plan (LTP4) 2026-2040. pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the work to date on the development of the Local Transport Plan (LTP4) be noted;

 

b)    That the continued development of phases one to three of the LTP4 as set out in paragraph 33 of the report be approved;

 

c)    That the Director of Environment and Transport, in consultation with the Director of Law and Governance, be authorised to commence commencement of a six-week public consultation exercise on the LTP4 development phasing and the draft LTP4 Core Document at an appropriate time with reference to pre-election guidance.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The current LTP3 requires updating to ensure the Council meets its legal responsibilities to publish an LTP according with national policy, to provide the strategic case to secure funding opportunities and to set the narrative for the delivery programmes including the Local Transport Fund (LTF).

 

The LTP4 Core Document must be in place by September 2024, so that it provides the basis for the LTF delivery programme which needs to be submitted to the Department for Transport in December 2024.

 

The six-week public consultation will seek the views and perspective of local communities, partners, and stakeholders.

7.

Ibstock Community Managed Library. pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the petition received by the Council be noted;

 

b)    That the outcome of the Registration of Interest process for Ibstock Community Managed Library (CML) and the associated consultation on alternative library provision be noted;

 

c)    That the closure of Ibstock CML be approved;

 

d)    That the Director of Adults and Communities, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead Member and the Local Member, be authorised to put in place the alternative library provision for Ibstock.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The existing community management library group has ceased to operate, and the Registration of Interest process has not resulted in a viable new group being identified.

 

The library temporarily closed at the end of March 2024, and it is desirable to put in place permanent alternative library provision as soon as possible.  The proposals consulted on can be put in place by June 2024 and do not require any additional financial resources.

8.

Exception to Contract Procedure Rules: Urgent Action taken by the Chief Executive in relation to the Educational Psychology Service. pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Decision:

That the urgent action taken by the Chief Executive (following consultation with the Leader) to directly award by an exception in accordance with the Contract Procedure Rules to enable the Director of Children and Family Services to agree a contract with Liquid Personnel Ltd. to provide 500 assessments for children and young people undergoing Education Health and Care Plan Assessments, up to a maximum value of £801,500, up to 15 May 2025 be noted.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The County Council’s Contract Procedure Rules (Part 4G of the Constitution) require that, where the estimated value of a contract exceeds £179,087, formal tenders must be invited.

 

Where an exception to the Contract Procedure Rules is required for contracts over £179,087, Rule 6 e) provides that Cabinet approval be obtained to the exception where this is justified on its merits and that in urgent cases the Chief Executive (after consultation with the Leader or Deputy Leader save where this is not practicable) may direct that an exception be made subject to it being reported to the Cabinet.

 

The exception was necessary to enable the Council to fulfil its duties under the relevant legislation to complete Education Health and Care Plan assessments for eligible children and young people. Alongside this the Council will undertake a review of service requirements and, depending on the outcome of the review, a compliant procurement process to award a contract or contracts.

9.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.

10.

Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent - Variation to Date of Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Decision:

That the County Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 3 July 2024 be rearranged for Wednesday 10 July 2024.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To comply with the Local Government Act 1972 and the County Council’s Standing Orders.