Decisions

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Decisions published

03/12/2019 - Derbyshire Care Leaver Offer ref: 1295    Recommmend Forward to Council

Developing a Derbyshire wide offer for Derbyshire care leavers aged up to 25.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet recommends to full Council that:

 

(1)     The council tax discretionary discount for eligible Derbyshire care leavers aged 18 – 25 be applied from 1 April 2020 and the Care Leaver discretionary discount policy be approved.

 

(2)     The other elements of the local children in care and care leaver offer (active fostering, employment, skills, apprenticeships and work experience, housing and recruitment of foster carers/supported lodgings) come into force with immediate effect.

 

(3)     Chesterfield Borough Council continues to work with Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire districts/boroughs and other partners to further develop and improve the children in care and care leaver offer/care leaver covenant for Derbyshire.

 

(4)     A review of the Chesterfield Borough Council elements of the local care leaver offer is undertaken on an annual basis to ensure continued affordability and effectiveness.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To fulfil our duties within the Children and Social Care Act 2017 and provide support for vulnerable young people within the care and leaving the care of Derbyshire County Council.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


03/12/2019 - Markham Vale Enterprise Zone - Business Rates ref: 1293    Recommmend Forward to Council

To determine how the business rate income from the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone will be allocated from 1 April, 2020.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

That Cabinet recommends to full Council that:

 

(1)  The Business Rates income from the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone (MVEZ) be retained by the Council from 1 April, 2020 and re-invested locally to support the delivery of local economic priorities.

 

(2)  The change in Business Rates policy for MVEZ be applied annually for the remaining 17 years of allowable business rates retention up to 2036/37.

 

(3)  Approval be given to the proposal for three key programmes of investment: key projects delivery, economic growth activities and skills activities; and that the funding be particularly targeted at unlocking and accelerating key developments and sites and delivering better outcomes for local communities.

 

(4)  Detailed programmes of investment be developed, with a particular emphasis on the key growth projects being progressed through the Joint Growth Board, with Derbyshire County Council; and recommendations be made to Cabinet and Council as appropriate to ensure the programmes and associated spending are approved in line with the Council’s constitution.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS

 

1.     To revise the Council’s policy with regards to the retained business rates income from MVEZ, following the Council’s decision to discontinue its membership of the SCR LEP.

 

2.     To ensure that the retained business rates income is reinvested locally and used to support the delivery of local economic priorities in and around Chesterfield.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Neil Johnson


03/12/2019 - Environmental Health Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1296    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

1.     That the proposed fees and charges, including concessionary rates (where applicable), as detailed in Appendix A of the officer’s report, be approved and implemented from 1 April 2020.

 

2.     That the Senior Environmental Health Officer be granted discretion to offer reduced charges for micro-chipping of dogs at promotional events and campaigns associated with the mandatory chipping that came into effect in April 2016.

 

3.     That the Senior Environmental Health Officer be granted discretion to offer an alternative enforcement option for fly-tipping offences instead of issuing a fixed penalty notice (which could include a simple caution or prosecution).

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To set the environmental health fees and charges for 2020/21.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Esther Thelwell


03/12/2019 - Sport and Leisure Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1298    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED -

 

1.        That the proposed fees and charges for Sport and Leisure activities and facilities as detailed in Appendix A of the officer’s report be approved and implemented with effect from 1 April 2020.

 

2.        That the proposals for concessionary charges be approved as outlined in Appendix A of the officer’s report and that the concessionary memberships continue as Change4Life.

 

3.        That delegated authority be granted to the Assistant Director – Health and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, to apply appropriate fees and charges to new activities that are introduced during the period covered by this report.

 

4.        That, where there are promotional opportunities to stimulate usage, support the retention of customers and /or to respond to external market forces, delegated authority be granted to the Assistant Director – Health and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, to apply appropriate fees and charges to maximise these opportunities.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To set the fees and charges for Sport and Leisure activities and facilities with effect from 1 April 2020.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Christopher Wright


03/12/2019 - Cemeteries Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1299    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

1.        That the proposed cemeteries fees and charges for 2020/21, as detailed in Appendix A of the officer’s report, be approved and implemented from 1 April, 2020.

 

2.        That the introduction of the Children’s Funeral Fund for England and the amendment of the fees and charges table at Appendix A of the officer’s report regarding any fee relating to the burial of a child under the age of 18 years be noted, clarifying that fees will not be payable by the bereaved families; rather these fees will be claimed from the Children’s Funeral Fund for England. 

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS

 

1.        There has been a decline in burial numbers over recent years which has coincided with above average fee increases. It is expected that by applying the fees set out at Appendix A of the officer’s report, burial numbers will be consolidated and the service will move closer towards cost recovery.

 

2.        To generate income to contribute to the costs of providing and maintaining a burial service.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ross Fawbert


03/12/2019 - Car Parks Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1301    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

1.        That from 1 April 2020 the cost to park will be 80p for up to 30 minutes, £1.60 for up to 1 hour, £2.80 for up to 2 hours, £3.00 for up to 3 hours and £4.50 for up to 4 hours in all town centre car parks.

 

2.        That in all short stay/shoppers’ car parks, as listed in paragraph 4.1 of the officer’s report, from 1 April, 2020 it will cost £1.60 for each subsequent hour over 4 hours to park. In all long stay car parks (except Saltergate MSCP) the price to park over 4 hours will be £5.00 (up to 12 hours).

 

3.        That the price to park at Saltergate MSCP will be £6 for over 5 hours and up to 24 hours from 1 April 2020, as a stand- alone tariff with Saltergate being the only 24 hour charging car park. 

 

4.        That all residents of the borough will continue to benefit from free parking in 2020/21 before 10am and after 3pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday and on Bank Holidays at selected surface car parks using the Resident Parking Permit.

 

5.        That if the income target is achieved in 2020/21 there will be no increase in tariffs in 2021/22 but the prices will be reviewed for 2022/23.

 

6.        That delegated authority be granted to the Town Centre Operations Manager to negotiate monthly and annual permit prices as necessary to attract new business and be competitive with competitor offers, as recommended in the July 2019 Car Park audit.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS

 

1.        To continue to support the town centre economy, providing competitively priced car parks with simple charging structures and convenient payment methods and tariffs.

 

2.        To ensure that the Council continues to receive an acceptable return on a valuable town centre asset.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Bond


03/12/2019 - Chesterfield Markets Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1300    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

1.        That there be no increase in stall fees from 1 April 2020 on the general, flea and farmers markets.

 

2.        That there be no increase on the car boot sale fee from 1 April, 2020.

 

3.        That there be a 10p increase on the electricity charge levied per stall, per day from 1 April, 2020.

 

4.        That there be no increase in storage charges from 1 April, 2020.

 

5.        That there be no increase to the publicity levy on the open market from 1 April, 2020.

 

6.        That the Market Manager continues to have delegated authority to negotiate stall fees outside the set fees to support new traders, existing traders that are struggling to continue and larger traders occupying multiple stalls.

 

7.        That no rent-free holiday period be granted to licensed traders for 2020/21.

 

8.        That a review of the current operating costs be undertaken, in particular those relating to the Market cleaning arrangements within the current contract with Veolia.

 

9.        That on completion of the market reconfiguration project a review of the pricing structure be implemented, taking into account, as one of the key project outcomes, the creation of stalls that are better positioned to attract higher footfall flows and clearer sight lines, enabling the majority of stalls to trade more effectively and creating more premium stalls, which will attract more traders and generate increased income.   

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS

 

1.        To continue to secure a viable open air market in Chesterfield.

 

2.        To ensure that the Council continues to receive an acceptable return on a valuable town centre asset through supporting traders during this continued economic downturn.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Bond


03/12/2019 - Outdoor Sports and Leisure Fees and Charges 2020/21 ref: 1297    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

1.     That the fees and charges for outdoor sports and leisure services in 2020/21, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the officer’s report, be approved and implemented from 1 April, 2020.

 

2.     That the interim Assistant Director – Commercial Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, be authorised to vary rates for major bookings to ensure market competitiveness.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To comply with the Council’s Budget Strategy.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Shirley Hallam


03/12/2019 - Local Council Tax Support Scheme ref: 1291    Recommmend Forward to Council

To gain approval for the Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme to apply in 2020/21.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

*RESOLVED –

 

That Cabinet recommends to full Council that:

 

(1)  Approval be given to continue with the current Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. The scheme is based on The Council Tax Reduction Scheme England Regulations 2012 amended to reflect the following local decisions concerning the key principles of the scheme:

 

·                For those of working age the maximum amount of the Local Council Tax that will be eligible for reduction is 91.5% of their full Council Tax Liability;

·                The Council continues its policy of disregarding war pensions for the purposes of calculating income in respect of the Local Council Tax Support scheme;

·                The ‘taper’, i.e. the rate at which support is withdrawn as income increases be maintained at 20%.

 

(2)  Delegated powers be granted to the Chief Finance Officer in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Business Transformation to update the 2020/21 scheme to reflect such up-ratings of premiums, allowances and non-dependent deductions as may be determined by the Department of Work and Pensions, and in respect of other minor technical changes which may be required.

 

(3)  Approval be given to continue the current local council tax discounts, which were originally implemented in 2013/14.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To ensure that the Council is able to continue to operate a localised scheme providing council tax support from April 2020.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Richard Staniforth


03/12/2019 - Housing Strategy ref: 1294    Recommmend Forward to Council

Adoption of the Housing Strategy 2019-2023

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Decision:

* RESOLVED –

 

That Cabinet recommends to full Council that the Chesterfield Housing Strategy 2019-2023 be adopted by the Council.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To secure the adoption of the Housing Strategy 2019-2023.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: James Crouch


03/12/2019 - Property Procurement and Contract Law Team Staffing ref: 1289    Recommendations Approved

To review the staffing structure and capacity within legal services, specifically relating to the work carried out by the Property Procurement and Contracts Law Team.

Decision Maker: Joint Cabinet and Employment & General Committee

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Joint Cabinet and Employment & General Committee

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Lead officer: Vicky Difelice


03/12/2019 - Venues Management Staffing ref: 1290    Recommendations Approved

To recommend for approval the appointment of an additional assistant premises manager

Decision Maker: Joint Cabinet and Employment & General Committee

Made at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Joint Cabinet and Employment & General Committee

Decision published: 03/12/2019

Effective from: 09/12/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anthony Radford


02/12/2019 - Purchase of two new properties on Hazlehurst Avenue ref: 1302    Recommendations Approved

Discussion between the Housing Delivery Manager and the developer identified the development of the former Chamber of Commerce site as one at risk of stalling. Through the intervention of the Housing Revenue Account to purchase two properties under the strategic acquisitions policy will enable a capital injection into the scheme to enable the development to continue.
The properties to be purchased are pair of three bedroom semi detached houses at £181,250 each
Initially the purchase of four properties was considered (2x3BHSE and 2x2BHSE) but concerns over the value for money of the two bedroom properties and an increase of interest from private buyers on the site meant the Council reduced its interest to the pair of three bedroom semi detached properties and is looking at working with the developer on the next phase of properties on the development.
The money will be allocated from the Housing Capital Programme 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Housing

Decision published: 02/12/2019

Effective from: 02/12/2019

Decision:

Option 1 - To purchase two three bedroom properties from the redevelopment of the former Chamber of Commerce site at Canal Wharf under the Strategic Acquisitions Policy for £181,250 each.

Lead officer: James Crouch


28/11/2019 - Amendment to Representatives on Outside Bodies, Joint Committees, Other Bodies and Charities (C000L) ref: 1292    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Governance

Made at meeting: 28/11/2019 - Cabinet Member for Governance

Decision published: 28/11/2019

Effective from: 04/12/2019

Decision:

That the amended schedule of appointments of representatives to outside bodies, attached at Appendix A to the report, be confirmed.