Decisions

Decisions published

15/01/2020 - Request to Waive (Retrospectively) Urgent High Voltage Remedial Works at North Weald Airfield ref: 3503    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Commercial and Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder

Decision published: 15/01/2020

Effective from: 23/01/2020

Decision:

To install new replacement Ring Main Units and Transformer base with minimal interruption to existing electrical supply before any major failures occur.

 

Lead officer: Richard Spencer


06/01/2020 - Peoples Strategy - Senior Management ref: 3501    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

 (1)           The Cabinet reviewed and approved the senior management structure proposed by The Head of Paid Service.

(2)           The Cabinet noted that the salary points had been arrived at by independent advice regarding the position of salary scales in relation to other neighbouring authorities in Essex and London.

 

(3)       The Cabinet agreed the salary up-lift for senior roles (noting the proposal was within existing establishment). This included an element of performance payment against agreed objectives for the CEO role, with the Leader and Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and an Independent Facilitator.A percentage payment on performance will be made on the uplifted part of the salary at 20%.  Therefore, on an uplift of £25,000 - 20% performance payment will be £5,000.

(4)       The Cabinet noted the timetable for Strategic Director and Chief Operating Officer permanent appointments, firstly through the Member Appointments Panel as defined within the Scheme of Delegation

(5)       The Cabinet agreed that the decision over which an external recruitment agency be awarded the tender to source suitable candidates be delegated to the Leader of the Council (as outlined in Appendix 4 of the report for proposed recruitment timeline).

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Purchase of Loughton Centric Parade ref: 3499    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

 

1.    The Cabinet noted that in accordance with the agreed Asset Strategy and the delegations from Cabinet that the Authority had acquired 195-200 and 222-226 High Road Loughton, a mixture of retail and residential units. The total costs of the purchase was £23,820,950; consisting of the purchase price of £18,645,000, Stamp Duty of £921,750, legal and professional fees of £340,805 and VAT of £3,913,950. (It should be noted that these figures are subject to alteration as the Authority has elected to add this property to its HMRC approved VAT scheme and that other minor changes in Stamp Duty and fees may occur, all to the financial benefit of the Authority).

 

 

2.    The Cabinet noted that Councillors S Stavrou, H Whitbread and A Patel in discussion with the Leader and the assistance of the Estate Team and Section 151 Officer, formally considered and unanimously agreed the purchase and signed the decision sheet accordingly.

 

2.    The Cabinet noted that the information provided to the decision makers showed a gross annual revenue yield of £1,425,602, or 5.98% against the guiding benchmark of 6.00%.

 

3.    The Cabinet noted that the information provided to decision makers showed a net (after £390,780 of building depreciation costs as per the historic approach in EFDC, and insurance and £309,000 of financing costs including the cost of lost interest on current cash surpluses), annual revenue yield of £717,823 or 3.01% against the guiding benchmark of 3%.

 

4.    The Cabinet noted that the information provided to the decision makers showed an analysis of key risks and sensitivities that could be appropriately managed.

 

5.    The Cabinet noted that the information provided to the decision makers showed that future capital growth was a possibility with additional expansion and improvement to the flat units, (this development was not planned at this stage).

 

6.    The Cabinet noted that the Authority was awaiting confirmation of the VAT status of the project and a final statement of fees and charges for the solicitors. All the expected movements in costs were marginal and would work in the Authority’s favour.

 

 

 

Wards affected: Loughton Broadway;


06/01/2020 - Finance Strategy Decisions ref: 3498    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet noted:

 

1.    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.    That to allow 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 can be made on the direction of the Leader in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance and the Section 151 Officer and reported back to the Cabinet.

3.    That adjustments to the papers with a value more than £500,000 were brought back to the Cabinet.

 

Paper A, Medium Term Financial Strategy:

 

1.    The Cabinet approved the approach set out in the Medium Term Financial Strategy, particularly in respect of inflation of cost, charges and fees and the aim to maintain the financial strength of the Authority as evidenced by reserve balances.

2.    The Cabinet agreed to support 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:

 

1.    Cabinet 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.    The Cabinet approved the 2020/21 budget in outline and confirmed the list of developments for which funding would be released on implementation.

3.    The Cabinet approved the general and HRA capital spend of £26,171,528 in total.

4.    The Cabinet approved the loans to Qualis which totalled up to £160m in 2020/21 as set out in the report.

5.    The Cabinet approved the 2020/21 budget in outline and confirmed that the overall funding adjustments for District Development Fund and savings and contingency were as set out, i.e. a net draw from DDF of £1,774,906 (£2m forecast last year), £500,000 of savings, the formation of a contingency fund assumed spent of £1,095,540.

 

Paper C, Prudential Indicators:

 

1.    The Cabinet noted the intent of keeping the financial strength of the Authority at current levels.

2.    The Cabinet noted the impact of taking loans and onward granting loans to Qualis with a margin of profit for the Authority.

3.    The Cabinet noted the general risk price approach to the loans granted to Qualis.

4.    The Cabinet 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:

 

1.    The Cabinet approved the council tax increase of 1.5% (half the predicted inflation rate) for 2020/21.

2.    The Cabinet noted that in 2021/22 the options to increase 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);


06/01/2020 - St John's Road Redevelopment - Update ref: 3497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

(1)   The Cabinet noted the outline business cases for the proposed development of the following sites through Qualis Commercial:

 

            I.        St John’s Road

          II.        Epping Sports Centre – Hemnell Street

         III.        Bakers Lane Car Park

        IV.        Cottis Lane Car Park

          V.        Civic Offices – Conder Building

        VI.        Roundhills Site

 

(2)  The Cabinet noted that the transfer of these sites would be proposed on the understanding that the full business cases (to be presented at March Cabinet) achieved a minimum value to EFDC of 6% return on investment (in the form of land and loans) per annum from a mix of rental dividend and other financial returns and Qualis to provide a standard capital development return that as a minimum was 12%.

 

(3)    The Cabinet noted that if a full business case failed to prove operationally and financially viable (as set-out in recommendation 2), that land ownership would be transferred back to the Council at the value it was originally transferred, with any fruitless or transactional costs falling to Qualis.

 

(4)  The Cabinet noted the work undertaken by White Young Green to produce a development and design brief for the St John’s site.

 

(5)  That Cabinet approved a £500k working capital loan to Qualis Group for the next stages of work to be undertaken.

 

 

Wards affected: Epping Hemnall; Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common;


06/01/2020 - Climate Emergency ref: 3492    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet agreed to appoint Councillors N Bedford as the primary member for Climate Emergency procedure and Councillor J Philip to act in conjunction as joint members on the Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Implementation of the Local Plan: Update on Progress ref: 3496    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

That the Cabinet noted the steps being taken to determine planning applications currently held in abeyance.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Finance and Performance Management Cabinet Committee - 14 November 2019 ref: 3491    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet noted and agreed the minutes of the Finance and Performance Management Cabinet Committee meeting of 14 November 2019.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Calendar of Meetings 2020/21 ref: 3495    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

That the draft Calendar of Council Meetings for 2020/21 be recommended to the Council for adoption.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Acceptance of Tender - Contract 390 - Planned Gas and Renewable Energy Heating Installations and Associate Electrical Upgrade Work 2019-24 ref: 3494    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

(1)        That, Gracelands Complete Maintenance Services Ltd be awarded the 1-year contract renewable annually for up to a maximum of 4-further years, for the planned installation of gas and renewable energy heating and associated electrical upgrade work to Council-owned properties in the sum of £103,377.16 with an overall weighted price and quality score of 97.1%;

 

(2)        That Complete Building Services Herts Ltd be selected as the Council’s Reserve Tenderer and that, should it not be possible to enter into contract with  Gracelands Complete Maintenance Services Ltd for some reason, Complete Building Services Herts Ltd be awarded the 1-year contract renewable annually for up to a maximum of 4-further years, for the planned installation of gas and renewable energy heating and associated electrical upgrade work to Council-owned properties, being the second most economically advantageous tender received, with a Tender Sum of £187,311.93 with an overall weighted price and quality score of 64.4%;

 

(3)        That, the overall value of the works be capped to the allocated budgets included in the Capital Programme identified for Gas and Electrical Heating replacements on an annual basis; and

 

(4)        That, this contract be designated as a serial contract to facilitate the annual adjustment to the tendered rates in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) BCIS ALLCOS Resource Cost Index of All Construction: All Repair and Maintenance Work #7419.  

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


06/01/2020 - Epping Forest Holocaust Memorial ref: 3493    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet agreed to grant a long lease of 125 years at a peppercorn rent for the demised area of 14.1m x 6m = 84.6m2 (911 sq.ft.) at Traps Hill, Loughton, to the Epping Forest Holocaust Educational Trust for the purpose of the erection of a Holocaust Memorial for the district.

 

Wards affected: Loughton St Mary's;


06/01/2020 - Exclusion of Public and Press ref: 3500    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/01/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 06/01/2020

Decision:

That, in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below as they would involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of the Act indicated, and the exemption was considered to outweigh the potential public interest in disclosing the information:

 

Agenda Item

Subject

Paragraph Number

 

19

 

People’s Strategy – Senior Management    

 

 

3&4

 


06/01/2020 - Local Development Plan: Award of (continuing) contract to "Bloom" ref: 3502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Services Portfolio Holder

Decision published: 07/01/2020

Effective from: 15/01/2020

Decision:

  1. That a contract for specialist planning and other consultant services in support of producing the Local Development Plan should be awarded for the period 1st October 2019 until the 31st March 2021.

 

  1. That the terms of the contract with Bloom shall be in accord with the original terms of the call off contract with Bloom that ends on the 30 September 2019.

 

  1. That the cost, man days and expected delivery dates be noted.

 

Lead officer: Nick Dawe