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Decisions published

11/02/2020 - CPS-006 Museum Collection Store - Revised rental sum ref: 3516    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Community & Partnership Services Portfolio Holder

Decision published: 11/02/2020

Effective from: 19/02/2020

Decision:

1)     That a new Licence for up to three years for the rental cost of Unit 15b at Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, used for storage of the Museum Reserve Collection, be agreed from within existing provision, on the basis of an increase of rent from the previous licence of £1440 (inc VAT) per annum.

 

Lead officer: Julie Chandler


06/02/2020 - Council's Budget Report ref: 3510    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2020

Effective from: 06/02/2020

Decision:

In general

The Cabinet:

  1. noted that the Financial Strategy of the Authority had been further developed and consisted of four linked papers. The papers and figures were subject to final review because of Government announcements and final due diligence;
  2. noted the current reports reflected the suggestions of Cabinet and Members in general made in early January, later and better information, minor presentation improvements and the inclusion of a summary balance sheet statement;
  3. allowed for this level of final change before presentation of the Financial Strategy to the Full Council in February adjustments with a cumulative net impact of £500,000 could be made on the direction of the Leader in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Section 151 Officer and reported back to the Council; and
  4. noted that adjustments to the papers with a value more than £500,000 were brought back to the Cabinet.

 

Paper A, Medium Term Financial Strategy

The Cabinet:

  1. approved the approach set out in the Medium Term Financial Strategy, particularly in respect of inflation of cost and charges and fees and the aim to maintain the financial strength of the Authority as evidenced by reserve balances; and
  2. supported the increase in the importance of the income from Qualis in respect of the medium term financial strategy and the budget.

 

Paper B, Budget 2020/21

The Cabinet:

  1. approved the 2020/21 budget in outline and confirmed the approach to cost and income inflation at 3.0%, noting that rents would rise per the national formula at 2.7% and car parking income would not rise at all pending the outcome of the review;
  2. approved the 2020/21 budget in outline and confirmed the list of developments for which funding would be released on implementation;
  3. approved the general and HRA capital spend of £26,119,250 in total;
  4. approved the loans to Qualis that with total up to £120m in 2020/21 as set out in the report; and
  5. approved the 2020/21 budget in outline and confirmed that the overall funding adjustments for the District Development Fund and savings and contingency were as set out, i.e. a net draw from DDF of £846,660 (£2m forecast last year), £500,000 of savings, the formation of a contingency fund assumed spent of £1,095,540.

 

Paper C, Prudential Indicators

The Cabinet:

  1. noted the intent of keeping the financial strength of thee Authority at current levels;
  2. noted the impact of taking loans and onwardly granting loans to Qualis with a margin of profit for the Authority;
  3. noted the general risk price approach to the loans granted to Qualis; and
  4. noted that the full set of prudential indicators along with the treasury strategy would be taken to the Full Council in February.

 

Paper D, Council Tax Increase

The Cabinet:

  1. to recommend the council tax increase of 1.5% (half the predicted inflation rate) for 2020/21 to full Council; and
  2. noted that in 2021/22 the options to cease or reduce council tax rates exists (though the Government expectation on what should be raised from council tax should be noted).

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/02/2020 - Group Company Governance Document ref: 3509    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2020

Effective from: 06/02/2020

Decision:

 

(1)   The Cabinet approved the Qualis Group Shareholder Agreement.

 

(2)   The Cabinet noted the Directors Roles and Responsibilities.

 

(3)   The Cabinet noted the terms of reference for the Qualis Group Board Meetings.

 

(4)  The Cabinet approved the selection and recruitment process for Group Board

 Members.

 

(5)  The Cabinet appointed the Interim Board on the recommendation of the Leader in consultation with the LRA Group Leader and operate in accordance with the Shareholder Agreement.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/02/2020 - Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee - 19 December 2019 ref: 3508    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 10/02/2020

Effective from: 06/02/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet noted and agreed the minutes of the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee meeting of 19 December 2019.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


05/02/2020 - Purchase of Street Properties (Phase 1) ref: 3514    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Housing & Property Services Portfolio Holder

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 14/02/2020

Decision:

That the Council purchases the street properties at 69 Moreton Road, Ongar, £320,000. 34 Stanway Road, Waltham Abbey £325,000. 7 Coppergate Court, Waltham Abbey £260,000 respectively, subject to a satisfactory search, survey, valuation and contract.

 

 

Lead officer: Deborah Fenton


29/02/2020 - Procurement of additional Arup technical support to go out to Main Modifications Consultation for the Local Plan ref: 3507    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Services Portfolio Holder

Decision published: 03/02/2020

Effective from: 11/02/2020

Decision:

That, in accordance with paragraphs 5.2(c) and 5.5(c), the Procurement Rules be waived to obtain additional technical support from Ove Arup and Partners to assist the Council with the Proposed Main Modifications Consultation required as part of the Epping Forest District Local Plan Independent Examination.

 

 

Lead officer: Alison Blom-Cooper