Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: Online

Contact: Dereck Francis  Tel: 01902 555835 or Email: dereck.francis@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Note: Please note this meeting will be conducted in line with the The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. 

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declaration of interests

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting - 18 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 313 KB

[For approval]

4.

Matters arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting]

5.

Safer Wolverhampton Partnership - Community Safety and Harm Reduction Strategy 2020-2023 pdf icon PDF 269 KB

[To recommend to Full Council that it approves the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership refreshed Community Safety and Harm Reduction Strategy for 2020-2023]

Additional documents:

Decision:

That subject to amendments to emphasise the links between the strategy and Anti-Social Behaviour Teams, and to bolster the equalities implications section, Full Council be recommended to endorse the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership Community Safety and Harm Reduction Strategy 2020-2023.

 

6.

Transportation Capital Programme 2020-2021 and Future Years pdf icon PDF 263 KB

[To approve the Transport Capital Programme 2020-2021 and future years]

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the list of projects for development and implementation as part of the Transportation Capital Programme 2020-2021 and future years, as set out in appendices 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the report be approved.

 

2.      That the Head of City Transport be authorised to proceed with development work for each project on the list including surveying, site investigation, options appraisal, feasibility analysis, traffic modelling, detailed design, statutory advertising and public consultation, as appropriate.

 

3.      That the projects marked ‘Approve’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendices 3 and 4 to the report be approved for implementation, subject to the availability of funding.

 

4.      That the Cabinet Member for City Environment, in consultation with the Director for City Environment be authorised to approve, through an Individual Executive Decision Notice (IEDN), implementation of the projects on the list marked ‘IEDN’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendices 3 and 4 to the report, subject to the satisfactory outcome of public consultation, availability of funding and any other relevant considerations.

 

5.      That the Cabinet Member for City Environment, in consultation with the Director for City Environment be authorised to approve, through an IEDN, the bringing forward of projects from appendix 5 to appendices 3 or 4 to the report and thereafter to approve them for implementation during 2020-2021 subject to the satisfactory outcome of public consultation, availability of funding and any other relevant considerations.

 

6.      That the Cabinet Member for City Environment, in consultation with the Director for City Environment be authorised to approve, through an IEDN, appropriate virements between existing approved budgets within the transport capital programme maximising use of resources.

 

7.      That further reports be submitted at the appropriate time in order to obtain the necessary authority to implement the projects marked ‘Cabinet’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendices 3 and 4 to the report.

 

8.      That the Chief Legal Officer be authorised to serve all necessary notices in respect of the projects listed in appendices 3 and 4 to the report and, subject to there being no unresolved objections, make traffic regulation orders as required.

 

10.That the Head of City Transport be authorised to make applications and bids for additional external funding noting that agreement ahead of submission would be obtained from the Director of Finance and appropriate governance would be followed to amend budgets on receipt of such funding.

 

11.That the Director of Finance be authorised to approve the Council entering into funding agreements with the various funding bodies to receive grant funding in respect of the projects included in the report.

 

12.That the expenditure and progress made in delivering £41 million worth of projects in the Transportation Capital Programme during 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 as set out in appendix 2 to the report be approved.

 

13.That the Council’s continuing success in bidding for additional funding and delivering new projects through the Local Growth Fund, Access to Growth, and the West Midlands Combined Authority be noted.


 

7.

Market to Affordable Housing Conversion Policy pdf icon PDF 176 KB

[To approve a policy for purchasing private properties and converting to affordable housing]

 

Decision:

1.      That the acquisition of market housing to convert to affordable housing to increase the housing stock as part of the Additional Social Housing Programme be approved.

2.      That the policy and criteria to identify and purchase suitable market housing units be approved.

3.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Director of City Environment to agree the expenditure on individual property/land purchases.

4.      That authority be delegated to the Service Manager, Strategy and Policy and in their absence, the Housing Enabling Manager the decision to ‘decline’ a Right of First Refusal request.

5.      That the completed acquisitions of market housing which have been converted to affordable housing in 2019-2020 be noted.

8.

Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to Learn and Achieve pdf icon PDF 173 KB

[To consider the outcome of consultation and approve the adoption of policy as part of the Vision for School Organisation]

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the High Needs Provision Framework be approved.

 

2.      That the outcome of consultation on the draft High Needs Provision Framework be noted.

 

3.      That the amendments (in Section 5) made to the draft High Needs Provision Framework following consultation be noted.

 

9.

Housing Managing Agents Performance Monitoring Report - Quarter Four January to March 2020 pdf icon PDF 146 KB

[To review and comment on performance and key areas for improvement]

Additional documents:

Decision:

The item was withdrawn.

10.

Exclusion of press and public

[To pass the following resolution:

 

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information on the grounds shown below.]

Decision:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

11.

School Expansion Programmes 2021 and 2022

[To approve the proposed School Expansion Programmes 2021 and 2022]

Decision:

1.      That the formal proposal for schools to be included within the Primary School Expansion Programme 2021 and 2022 and associated capital expenditure be approved.

 

2.      That the formal proposal for schools to be included within the Secondary School Expansion Programme 2021 and 2022 and associated capital expenditure be approved.

 

3.      That permission be granted to enter into formal negotiations with Secondary Academy Trusts.

 

4.      That permission be granted to enter into formal negotiations with Primary Academy Trusts.

 

5.      That permission be granted to enter into all necessary legal agreements/transactions to protect the local authority’s interests.

 

6.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills in consultation with Director of Children’s Services and the Director of Finance, to approve the allocation of the Expansion Programme budgets to individual capital projects in order that they may be progressed in a timely manner.

 

7.      That it be noted that the funding for the proposed expansions programmes would be subject to approval through the appropriate governance mechanisms.

 

8.      That it be noted that in light of the scale of recent primary and secondary expansion programmes, practical opportunities to continue to expand the existing estate are constrained.

 

9.      That the current status of the School Expansion Programmes 2021 and 2022 that involves both temporary and permanent solutions to meet short and medium-term demand be noted. This approach has been taken to ensure that an oversupply of school places is not created. Future demand may be influenced as a consequence of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and through the establishment of free schools within the City.

 

10.   That it be noted that the Regional Schools Commissioner is responsible for determining if academies can expand and the Council is not fully appraised of all the information which decisions are based on. In addition, the Council is not in full control of all the factors relating to the effective and timely supply of school places.