22/06/2022 - 22/00058 - Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme

Proposed decision:  Cabinet are asked to agree that

1.    commissioning and delivery of activity within the Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme can continue until 31 March 2023; and

 

2.    further work be undertaken considering the potential for a successor brand to Reconnect to support capacity building in the VCS linked to the vision of Reconnect.

 

Further Information:

The County Council recognises that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected substantially the lives of all Kent residents.  All Members have been united in expressing their concern about the particular impact on young people, who saw every aspect of their life and development affected.  In March 2021 Cabinet approved the creation of the Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme, with its aims and objectives being approved in June 2021, together with approval of its £10m budget. 

 

The urgency to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on the County’s children and young people was captured by its agreed end date of 31st August 2022. Accordingly, the programme has focused on working with hundreds of organisations, clubs, partners and individuals to secure delivery of a wide range of support, activities, and new opportunities for children and young people.

 

As we move towards the anticipated end date, it is important to review whether the original decision regarding ending on 31 August 2022, which was made in good faith in an uncertain international context, should be implemented or adjusted.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: Not before 20/07/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 22/06/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


22/06/2022 - 22/00057 - Correction to Determined Post 16 Transport Policy 2022-23

Proposed Decision:

The Cabinet Member is asked to agree to amend the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2022/23 in light of the recent closure of the Kent Wheels 2 Work scheme.

 

Background:

There is a legal requirement for post 16 learners to stay in education, training or work-based learning until they reach 18 years of age, and as young adults there is an expectation they will contribute to the cost of their travel in most circumstances. Whilst there is no statutory duty to provide transport for Post 16 Learners there is a duty to consider applications for assistance with transport and to enable access to education.

 

Local Authorities are required to consult on a Post 16 Transport Policy Statement each year by the 31 May, which explains how they intend to support Post 16 learners in the forthcoming academic year. The Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee discussed the 2022-23 Policy Statement on 1 March 2022 and the policy was determined by the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills shortly thereafter.

 

Following the conclusion of these activities, Officers were informed that the Wheels 2 Work scheme, which is managed externally to the team and which is referenced within the policy, will cease to be offered from the end of the 2021/22 academic year as a result of lack of use.

 

It is therefore necessary to remove references to the Wheels 2 Work scheme from the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2022-23. All remaining transport support options are unchanged.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: 20/07/2022

Lead officer: Craig Chapman

Notice of decision: 22/06/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


22/06/2022 - 22/00056 - Telecare Contract

Proposed decision:

Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health, to modify the Telecare contract with Invicta Telecare Limited Trading as Careium for a period of nine months, from 1 December 2022 to 31 August 2023, and to take relevant actions as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Background: 

Technology Enabled Care is key within the Making a difference every day approach and is aligned with the Councils priorities set out in‘‘Framing Kent’s Future – Our Council Strategy 2022 – 2026: Seize opportunities to embed technology and digitally-enabled care and support services in meeting people’s current and future care needs’’.

 

The Telecare contract was originally awarded in 2015 and has since been adapted to meet the needs of individuals. The purpose of Telecare is to support people to maintain independence, facilitating them to remain in their own home for as long as possible. The scope of the service in the specification covers three main areas and supports 5,190 people:

  1. Direct Service Provision: This constitutes a Telecare service including 24-hour monitoring, along with provision for installing and de-staling the equipment. It also includes the provision of Digital Care and Assistive Technology Services, and support and training for people and carers using the equipment.
  2. Staff training and support: This covers both advisory and training services.
  3. Service development: This covers ‘horizon scanning’ and strategic development in relation to future development and use of the services. 

The Telecare contract under its current contractual arrangements, following the decision of 1 + 1 year extension taken in December 2020 is due to end November 2022. The contract is with Invicta Telecare Limited, trading as Careium.

 

The Care Act 2014 placed a statutory duty on councils for prevention, information, and advice.

In KCC, there are two types of scenarios in which Telecare is prescribed:

 

1. Where the person has needs for care and support that meet the national eligibility criteria and these needs can be met either wholly or in part through the provision of Telecare (“Telecare Enhanced”).  This must be detailed in the care and support plan.

 

2. Where the provision of Telecare would prevent or delay the development of need for care and support; no other ongoing care and support services are prescribed (“Telecare Only” or “Telecare Standard”).

 

There have been significant developments in social and health technologies, including utilising more everyday solutions such as smart speakers. Another key change that will affect how technology interacts with social care is the national transition from analogue telecommunication networks to digital technology, due to be completed in 2025. This means that products that rely on older analogue telephony infrastructure will no longer work, and services will have to switch to newer devices that can connect to broadband networks.Emergent digital devices also present many opportunities and create potential for much greater data-driven care. Which will allow us to do more predictive modelling, provide advanced warning and intervention planning, which will help in making services more proactive.

 

Adult Social Care has a one-year Technology Enabled Care build and test, which aims to inform the future offer for Technology Enabled Care Services through testing a range of more innovative technologies. This is with a view to commissioning a long-term county wide offer incorporating Telecare from April 2023. The aspiration for Technology Enabled Care is the delivery of a clear and innovative assistive technology offer that empowers people, supports independent living and provides greater choice and control to support an outcome focused approach.This is a new approach for the Authority and looks to utilise assistive technology that goes beyond traditional Telecare provisions.

 

Options:

The following options have been considered:

 

Option 1: to decommission/end the Telecare service at the end of its existing contract in November 2022.

This will create a risk in gap of provision of Telecare between the end of the Telecare contract in November 2022 and the implementation of the Technology Enabled Care Services contract in April 2023. The 5,190 existing Telecare cases will need to be reviewed and alternative provision considered, which could include:

·   People paying privately for the Telecare provision (where this is a Telecare only), this would require a public consultation.

·   If people are in the Technology Enabled Care build and test area (East Kent) they can access alternative provision, however this is only a one year test and will be replaced by the county wide offer. Therefore, people could have three service providers in one year.

·   Where this is part of an eligible need (Telecare enhanced), the care and support package may change from the use of Telecare to more carer input reducing independence for the person and increasing the pressure on limited capacity within the care market. Or a Direct Payment can be used to access alternative provision. There could also be an adverse impact on people experiencing uncertainty about their future provision and changes to their care and support offer.

 

Another way to mitigate this risk is toobtain Telecare services from a new contractor for the duration of the proposed extension. However, this will impact on service continuity for people as they will have three providers in one year (the current Telecare, moving to the new contractor and finally onto the county wide service which will be in place from April 2023). The short-term contract will not be attractive to potential providers and can be at a significant cost. This would require procurement and project resources, which are currently focused on the build and test and development of the county wide Technology Enabled Care Service. Therefore, this option has the potential to undermine the longer-term plan.

 

Option 2: is to modify the Telecare contract by a period of nine months to 31 August 2023.

The proposed modification will allow time to complete the current build and test, develop and procure a county wide Technology Enabled Care Service from April 2023. The contract modification to 31 August 2023 will enable the county wide offer to be mobilised and to migrate people from the current Telecare service to the new service, ensuring there is not a gap or impact on provision. The future county wide offer also provides an opportunity to put in place a service that will allow existing Telecare provision that relies on analogue technology to be switched over to newer devices that can connect to broadband networks.

 

In preparation, contact is being made with people with Telecare to check if they still find Telecare equipment helpful and if they need any help with how it works.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: 19/07/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Georgina Walton

Notice of decision: 22/06/2022


22/06/2022 - 22/00028 - Discharge Pathway 1 Services Procurement

Proposed decision:

Extension of the current Discharge Pathway 1 Services contracts (Discharge to Assess Service and Assisted Discharge Service) for one year, from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023; commencement of activity to develop a long term jointly commissioned Discharge Pathway 1 Services model and delegation of authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to take relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of and entering into legal agreements, as necessary to extend the current Discharge Pathway 1 Services; and to facilitate activity with regard to developing the jointly commissioned Discharge Pathway 1 Services model, with NHS Partners.

 

Reason for the decision:

The current hospital discharge service contracts commissioned by Kent County Council encompass Discharge to Assess Service and Assisted Discharge Service, which form part of Discharge Pathway 1 Service, for people discharged from hospital who need support to recover at home. Across Kent, there are a number of other services that also align with the pathway, commissioned by the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (KMCCG) and other health partners.

 

The contracts were originally due to expire on 31 March 2020 but were extended to 30 September 2022, due to the unprecedented demands of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to ensure that service delivery was not disrupted.

 

These services are essential in ensuring that people are able to recover at home following discharge from hospital and be supported until further assessment can be undertaken if required, alleviating blockages in patient flow through the system and preventing unnecessary delayed discharges; as such, it is essential that any new model of service delivery adequately supports both the process and the person, with capacity in the right place, at the right time.

 

To avoid any gap in service delivery, new arrangements must be in place by 1 October 2022.

 

Financial Implications:

The annual budgets for the Discharge Pathway 1 Services are set out in the table below:

 

Discharge to Assess

Assisted Discharge

Total

£2,953,223

£108,000

£3,061,223

 

Opportunities to improve the current service model, incorporating the Making a Difference Everyday (MADE) design principles of ensuring people have the right support, in the right place, at the right time as well as generating efficiencies which will be explored as part of the jointly commissioned long-term approach. Historically, the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has financed additional Discharge to Assess capacities; the ability to incorporate additional funding will still be available within the extension period.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: Not before 19/07/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sharon Dene

Notice of decision: 22/06/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


21/06/2022 - 22/00053 - Kent County Council Freehold Property Assets Disposal Policy

Proposed decision:

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to agree to:

 

1.             adopt the Freehold Property Assets Disposal Policy, which reflects the Executives priorities in the delivery of the Council’s objectives; and

 

2.             implement the necessary disposal process, which implements the policy within the framework, as set out under the property management protocol in the constitution.

 

Reason for the decision:

A policy is required to support the Disposals Programme over the next 5 years which reflects the executive priorities in the delivery of the Councils objectives. This will ensure that Kent County Council’s (KCC’s) disposal assets are treated in the interests of KCC’s key priorities and reinvestment requirements and will facilitate consistent and transparent decision making in respect of the disposal assets. The policy should overcome challenges that can hinder the efficient disposal of KCC assets and may result in savings in terms of resource deployment and holding costs.

 

Background:

Once KCC’s freehold assets are declared surplus, they are sold / disposed of into new ownership. The majority of the disposal process is governed by KCC’s statutory and fiduciary duties, and its constitution. However, elements of the process and how offers are evaluated are subject to a degree of discretion. The adoption of the Freehold Property Assets Disposal Policy seeks to set out the executive’s priorities and how these will be considered as part of any disposal process.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded):

  • There is a requirement for a policy in this area and the Policy will reflect the executive priorities.
  • The process behind the Policy is based upon KCC’s statutory and fiduciary requirements, property disposal management and best practice.
  • It will also account for transparency and an even-handed approach
  • The policy will be flexible in terms of its implementation though a framework of requirements will be set out to conform to the points above.
  • The policy will consider best financial consideration vs. opportunity cost

 

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 29/06/2022 in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Mark Cheverton

Notice of decision: 31/05/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


17/06/2022 - 22/00052 - KCC Supported Bus Funding Review

Background

The KCC budget for 22/23, as agreed at full council in Feb 2022, included a reduction in the net budget for supported buses of £2.2M net.  To meet the revised net budget will require the current number of contracts to be reduced, including those providing Kent Karrier services

 

There are currently 129 contracts supported by the council, including Kent Karrier.  These contracts are a mix of support, either involving funding for a whole service or just specific journeys, for example on specific days i.e., Sundays.

 

The approach to identifying the contracts to be withdrawn has been to firstly to identify the anticipated costs for those current contracts expiring in 22/23, to identify any service commitments taken on in 21/22 (to protect school routes) and to identify any services/contracts where external funding i.e., S106 has come to an end. 

 

Using the KCC supported bus service criteria, officers have 48 identified contracts to a value of £3M, which could be withdrawn.

 

The funding criteria prioritises services based on the day of the week they operate, journey purpose and the value for money, derived from a pound per passenger journey figure.

 

Data Protection implications

There are no data protection implications associated with this decision and therefore no DPIA has been completed.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 18/07/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 17/06/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/05/2022 - 22/00055 - Proposed Expansion of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Proposed decision

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

a)         enlarge Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0SF by 1FE, increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 180 to 210 from September 2023.

 

b)         authorise the allocation of £5.23 million in funding from the Children Young People and Education Services Basic Need Capital Budget to fund the permanent expansion of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.

 

c)         authorise the allocation of £1.6 million from the Education Modernisation Programme to enable the replacement of T Block and N Block.

 

d)         authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council.

 

e)         authorise the Director of Infrastructure, Strategic and Corporate Services to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.

 

Background

Kent County Council (KCC), with support from the school’s Governing Body, would like to expand Maidstone Grammar School for Girls to help provide more places for local children. 

 

KCC as the Local Authority (LA), has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available.  The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2022-26 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out KCC’s future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent.  A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/131486/Commissioning-Plan-for-Education-Provision-in-Kent-2022-to-2026.pdf

 

For provision planning purposes KCC’s forecasting methodology produces forecasts according to planning groups.  These planning groups are nationally recognised by central Government; Maidstone Grammar School for Girls forms part of the Maidstone and Malling selective planning group.

 

The Commissioning Plan forecast for the Maidstone and Malling Selective planning group indicates that there will be a deficit of Year 7 girls’ selective places from 2023-24 if no additional places are established. To meet the demand for Year 7 places we propose to expand the Maidstone Grammar School for Girls by 1 FE, increasing its PAN from 180 to 210 from September 2023.

 

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls has provided education for girls from Maidstone and the surrounding area for over 130 years. The school was judged as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED in May 2009 and is ideally located within Maidstone town to meet the forecast demand within the established travel to school patterns for the Maidstone and Malling Selective planning group.

 

KCC have worked with the school to ascertain the additional accommodation required for it to expand by 1FE on a permanent basis. That work identified the additional space required in direct support of a future expansion and combines modernisation work that includes the replacement of both T Block and N Block. These existing blocks at the school are significantly beyond their designed lifespan and require replacement. Combining this modernisation work with the expansion scheme enables KCC to benefit from the economies of scale that can be achieved by completing the works together rather than replacing the existing blocks in isolation.

 

The scheme also incorporates the provision of a visitor centre, linked to the school’s unique set of Second World War Air Raid Shelters, which will be an integral part of the new accommodation but will be funded by the school, but also takes advantage of the economies of scale presented by the expansion project. The purpose of the visitor centre is to enable the school to provide opportunities for students in primary schools to visit the school and gain a real life experience of school life during the Second World War. There will also be opportunities for some members of the public to visit the Air raid Shelters during some school holidays. This part of the works will be funded by the school and not KCC.

 

The required accommodation comprises a new teaching block, which includes the visitor centre, an extensive music classroom, 6 practice rooms and associated storage and ancillary spaces.  This project therefore brings much needed modernisation work and will transform the school for the benefit of all students as well as provide space for additional students.

 

Data Protection implications

KCC and the school are the ‘controllers’ under the General Data Protection Regulation and will ensure that any personal information is processed fairly and lawfully within any consultation work.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 29/06/2022

Division affected: Maidstone Central;

Notice of decision: 31/05/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/05/2022 - 22/00048 - Kent Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus 2022-2027

Proposed decision: 

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to agree to adopt the proposed syllabus as Kent’s Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

·    Reason for the decision

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, in giving effect to the Agreed Syllabus Conference recommendation would allow the Local Authority to fulfil its duty to review and provide a locally agreed syllabus for religious education.

 

·    Background

The Local Authority is required to revise its Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE at least every five years. The current Kent RE syllabus was introduced in September 2017 and was therefore due to be reviewed in 2022. Further to the requirements set out in Section 375 and Schedule 31 of the Education Act 1996, the formal review was undertaken by the Kent Agreed Syllabus Conference in May 2022. The Conference unanimously agreed to recommend renewing the RE Today Model A+ syllabus licence for a further five years.

 

·    Options (other options considered but discarded)

The Agreed Syllabus Conference Members noted that the resources required to independently write a new syllabus would outweigh the costs involved with the license renewal.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 29/06/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Joel Cook

Notice of decision: 31/05/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


18/05/2022 - 22/00039 - County-wide pothole repair and patching programme

Proposed decision

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport is asked to approve the:

 

1.         proposed decision to fund an annual pothole and patching programme (Pothole Blitz) of £7m per annum totalling £21m over 3 years;

 

2.         delegation of authority to the Corporate Director of Growth Environment and Transport and the Corporate Director of Finance to agree funding mechanisms to support the programmes; and

 

3.         delegation of authority to the Director of Highways and Transportation to award and enter appropriate contractual arrangements for the provision of the Pothole and Patching programme (Pothole Blitz) contracts as shown at Appendix A.

 

Background

Highways and Transport has a duty to ensure the effective discharge of the Council’s statutory duties and powers as Local Transport & Highway Authority, in particular its duty of care to help ensure safe passage for all road users. DfT has reduced the highways grant to KCC by £9m impacting the budget available for asset management of all highway’s assets, including an allocation for pothole and patching work. To ensure this work can continue, Members asked officers in Highways Asset Management and Corporate Finance to consider funding options to support a 3-year pothole programme without increasing the council’s financial borrowing commitments.

 

The pothole blitz programmes over recent years have proven to be successful in terms of delivering local highway repairs. This was in addition to the ongoing maintenance, major resurfacing and surface treatments programmes delivered in line with the authorities published approach to Asset Management

 

This additional work has contributed towards the reduction in customer pothole related enquires received over the past 5 years. The graph below details and highlights the lower numbers particularly over the winter period.

 

Additional capital grant funding for potholes received from DfT alongside additional KCC capital borrowing has enabled a Pothole Blitz programme to be delivered over the previous 2 financial years without adversely affecting any other highways asset capital budget.

 

The capital grant funding for highway maintenance has been reduced significantly by the DfT for 2022/23 and this will continue for the next 3 years. This 20% reduction amounts to £9m per annum and £27m over the 3-year period.

 

This has placed a pressure on the capital budgets for management and maintenance of highways assets. It was not possible to sustain funding for critical assets such as drainage, footways, structures, and highway inspectors repairs whilst also funding a Pothole Blitz campaign fully.

 

Officers were requested to examine options to facilitate the delivery of a pothole blitz campaign and without increasing in year capital borrowing.

 

This will most likely be achieved by a re-profiling of existing borrowing as the short-term funding route, however the full details of this are yet to be agreed by the relevant Corporate Directors.

 

Contract and Procurement

The existing pothole blitz contracts have been extended to deliver this year’s programme however this is the final allowable extension under the contract.

 

A commissioning and procurement exercise will be undertaken later this year and will seek to review the optimum number of contracts required to deliver the most efficient and effective future programmes of the pothole blitz.

 

Any alternatives considered

Reduce expenditure on pothole programme.

 

How the proposed decision meets the priority actions of Setting the Course: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan (December 2020)

A well-maintained highways network supports actions to ensure Kent’s homes and communities are well-connected and infrastructure supports Kent’s long-term growth.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 11/05/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Andrew Loosemore

Notice of decision: 12/04/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


05/04/2022 - 22/00027 - Disposal of Saxon House, Tina Gardens, Broadstairs CT10

Proposed decision:

To agree to the disposal of the property asset known as Saxon House, Broadstairs, Kent and delegate authority to:

 

1.       The Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services, tofinalise the contractual terms of the disposal. 

 

2.       The Director of Infrastructure to authorise the execution of necessary contractual and land agreements required to implement the above.

 

Reason for the decision:

The property is surplus to the Councils requirement with an estimated transaction value in excess of £1million and is therefore a key decision.

 

Background:

The land was previously used by Kent County Council (KCC) for educational purposes until the new Foreland Fields School opened in 2017. The site is surplus to the ongoing operational requirements of the Council and is being progressed for disposal. The property comprises of a site totalling 0.59 Hectares (1.46 acres), with an existing single storey educational building of 1980/90’s construction and outbuilding and a grassed open space. Saxon House is situated in Broadstairs on the Kent Coast.

 

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A pre-marketing process was undertaken, and an advert placed in the Estates Gazette on 19 February for one week, providing notification in the mainstream property media that the site is coming forward. This resulted in several expressions of interest. Subsequently the property has been formally marketed with external agents and initial bids are to be received by 25 March 2022.

 

Options:

·         KCC has considered the building for its own use, but it is not required.

·         Disposal of the asset.

 

How the proposed decision supports the Interim Strategic Plan:

The disposal of the site will enable the Council to secure a capital receipt to fund reinvestment the capital priorities as set out in the Medium-term Financial Plan.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 04/05/2022

Division affected: Broadstairs;

Lead officer: Alister Fawley

Notice of decision: 05/04/2022

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


29/10/2021 - 21/00096 - Contract for Post Mortem Facilities for the North West Kent Coroner area

Proposed Decision:

To award a 12 month extension to the contract for the provision of post mortem (PM) facilities to Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust.

 

Background

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 places a duty on Coroners to investigate deaths that are referred to them if they have reason to think that:

  • The death was violent or unnatural;
  • The cause of death is unknown; or
  • The deceased died while in prison, police custody or another form of state detention eg where a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Order (DoLS) is in place

In some cases the Coroner will order a PM to establish the cause of death and in such cases the deceased is taken to one of 5 NHS mortuaries across Kent and Medway located at Margate, Ashford, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells and Gillingham.

On behalf of the Senior Coroners, KCC ensures there is adequate storage capacity for coroner’s bodies and that the oroners have access to PM facilities.  KCC does not have its own public mortuary facility, and so like many other coroner areas across England and Wales it has no choice but to use local NHS hospitals which have the necessary facilities for this purpose; there are no private sector providers of PM facilities anywhere in England and Wales.

The contract with Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust expired on the 30th September 2021 and it has been necessary to put a contract extension in place to secure this critical service until such time as the proposed Digital Autopsy facility at Aylesford opens for business, currently estimated for August/September 2022. The Trust is agreeable to extend the contract for 12 months as this will guarantee that all their fixed and variable costs are met, which is an understandable approach.  It has therefore been agreed that the contract will be extended from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022 and if need be, can be terminated early by KCC serving six months’ notice.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: 29/11/2021

Notice of decision: 29/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will include commercially sensitive information.


14/10/2021 - 21/00089 - Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30: 2021 Review - Public Consultation

Proposed decision

Following a review of the 2016 Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan, to approve and publish for public consultation (Regulation 18) proposed changes to the Kent Mineral and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (the 2021 Review).

 

Background

The County Council has a statutory responsibility to plan for future minerals supply and waste management within Kent as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (NPPF) and the National Planning Policy for Waste 2014 (NPPW). This responsibility is realised through the preparation of a Local Plan, in line with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (The Regulations).

 

The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (KMWLP) was adopted by Full Council in July 2016 and subject to an early partial review of a limited number of policies in 2020 represents the planning policy framework for minerals and waste development in Kent. The KMWLP contains a number of policies relating to strategic planning for minerals supply and waste management capacity, as well as Development Management policies against which planning applications for these types of development should be assessed. The Plan also includes a number of policies related to the safeguarding of mineral resources and waste management facilities. 

 

The Regulations require Local Planning Authorities to review their Local Plans every 5 years.  This is to ensure that the policies remain relevant, conform to national policy and guidance and satisfactorily address the needs of the local community. Policies must be both legally compliant and sound, and in order to be considered sound they should meet the tests of being positively prepared, justified, effective and compliant with national policy. The Plan was partially reviewed in 2020 in the KMWLP Early Partial Review 2020. 

 

In accordance with plan making requirements set out in the Regulations, the Council has undertaken a 5 year review of the 2016 adopted KMWLP and identified a number of policies as outdated or no longer meeting the tests of soundness. This assessment is set out in detail in the Review of the Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan 2021. The identified changes needed to the 2016 Kent Mineral and Waste Local Plan form the basis for the next plan making cycle.

 

Revisions are proposed to the Local Plan to principally reflect changes in national policy and guidance since 2016. These include amongst others changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, government policy and guidance on the achievement of a circular economy and those concerned with climate change and protection and enhancement of the natural environment. Revised draft policy and supporting text has been prepared. To satisfy the requirements of the Plan Making Regulations, consultation is now required on the proposed revisions to the adopted Plan so as to inform and influence future local plan work and the version that the Council will ultimately submit for examination to the Planning Inspectorate.

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Setting the Course’: Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Statement (December 2020)

The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan delivers the Council’s adopted Mineral and Waste planning strategy and policies and is important in the determination of planning applications in Kent. A local plan is in accordance with national planning policy and guidance and provides a local perspective.  It supports the County Council’s corporate policies contained within the Council’s Setting the Course – Kent County Council’s Interim Strategic Plan 2020, which sets the Council’s priorities until 2022.

 

Kent’s mineral and waste planning policies support and facilitate sustainable growth in Kent’s economy. In addition, they support the protection and creation of a high-quality environment, with accessible local services that reflect the needs of the community. The proposed revised policy will reflect recent changes to the environmental agenda including mitigation and adaptation to climate change and Kent’s Climate Change Statement and measures to support covid recovery.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 12/11/2021 Affects two or more Electoral Divisions

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 14/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/09/2021 - 21/00076 - Provision of Community Support Services for Disabled Children and Young People - Outcome of Procurement Process

Proposed decision –

 

Contracts to be awarded to successful providers for the provision of Community Support Services (Care and Support in the Home) for Disabled Children and Young People following a recent procurement exercise linked to the Adults Care and Support in the Home contract.

 

Delegate decisions on the implementation to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education, or other Officer, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health as appropriate.

 

Further information –

 

Decision 20/00102 - Community Support Services for Disabled Children & Young People was taken on 19 March 2020 and allowed officers to follow a competitive procurement process for children’s community support services within the Adults ‘Care and Support in the Home’ contract. 

 

Following the competitive procurement process a further decision is required to award the contracts to the successful providers. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 08/10/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Christy Holden

Notice of decision: 09/09/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/09/2021 - 21/00079 - Contracts for Post Mortem Facilities for the Mid Kent & Medway, North East Kent and Central & South East Kent coroner areas

Proposed Decision

 

To award 12 month extensions to the contracts for the provision of post mortem (PM) facilities to East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and Medway NHS Trust.

 

Further Information

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 places a duty on Coroners to investigate deaths that are referred to them if they have reason to think that:

  • The death was violent or unnatural;
  • The cause of death is unknown; or
  • The deceased died while in prison, police custody or another form of state detention eg where a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Order (DoLS) is in place

In some cases the Coroner will order a PM to establish the cause of death and in such cases the deceased is taken to one of 5 NHS mortuaries across Kent and Medway located at Margate, Ashford, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells and Gillingham.

On behalf of the Senior Coroner, KCC ensures there is adequate storage capacity for Coroner’s bodies and that the Coroner has access to PM facilities.  KCC does not have its own public mortuary facility and so like many other coroner areas across England and Wales it has no choice but to use local NHS hospitals which have the necessary facilities for this purpose; there are  no private sector providers of PM facilities anywhere in England and Wales.

The contracts with these two NHS Trusts expire on the 30th September 2021 and it is necessary to put in place contract extensions to secure this critical service until such time as the proposed Digital Autopsy facility at Aylesford opens for business, currently estimated for July 2022. Discussions have been held with each of the Trusts and whilst they are happy to extend the contracts they have insisted this must be for 12 months to guarantee that all their fixed and variable costs are met, which is an understandable approach.  It has therefore been agreed that the contracts will be extended from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022 and if need be, can be terminated early by KCC serving six months notice.  

 

Financial Implications

 

The contract with East Kent NHS Trust is a fixed fee regardless of activity levels and is paid in 12 equal installments.  At the point where the DA facility opens, all deceased that would normally have undergone an invasive PM will be scanned, so dependent on if and when notice is served to end the contract extension, KCC could potentially be liable for both DA scanning charges and the monthly charge for PM’s even though no PM’s will be taking place in the East Kent area.  To mitigate this scenario, the move over to DA will be phased with deaths in the East Kent area not being scanned until the contract extension comes to an end.  Based on 2020 activity levels the estimated cost of the East Kent contract extension is within the budgeted revenue cost for 2021-22.

 

The contract with Medway NHS Trust is based on a cost per PM, so if there are no PM’s, there are no costs to KCC.  This means that at the point where the DA facility opens, KCC will only have to meet the scan charge.    Based on 2020 activity levels the estimated costs of the Medway contract extension is within the budgeted revenue cost for 2021-22. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 08/10/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Giles Adey

Notice of decision: 09/09/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will include commercially sensitive information.


23/02/2021 - 21/00033 - Review of Kent County Council and Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group Integrated Commissioning Framework, covering health services, social care and community support for people with a learning disability and autistic people (LD&A)

Proposed decision

 

To enter into such agreements that are necessary with the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other local NHS organisations to create a new strategic planning and delivery framework for Kent’s residents with a learning disability and autistic people and delegate authority to Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to finalise and approve the formal agreements to establish the new framework.

 

Reason for the decision

 

In 2015/16 Kent County Council and the seven NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) covering Kent and Medway, agreed to establish an integrated and partner strategic planning, commissioning and delivery framework covering healthcare, council social care and other support for Kent’s residents with a learning disability, and autistic residents. This framework is governed by an agreement between Kent County Council and Kent and Medway CCG, agreed in accordance with the provisions of section 75 of the NHS Act 2006. This framework includes an Alliance Partnership comprising the council’s adults social care service and the two NHS provider trusts that deliver specialist community health care for people with a learning disability and autistic people. This includes Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) and Kent and Medway NHSand Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT).

 

The framework covers community delivered services for people living in nursing and residential care; residents living with carers and their families and people living in their own homes or who live in specialist housing with support. The arrangement also covers specialist healthcare and support for residents with a learning disability and autistic people with highly complex needs, including Kent residents admitted to specialist hospitals located both in and outside Kent. 

 

A review of the arrangements summarised above, commissioned by Kent County Council but jointly agreed with Kent and Medway CCG identified challenges with how the council and NHS plan together to design and deliver effective solutions that can achieve strong and improving health and well being outcomes for Kent’s residents with a learning disability and autistic people.

 

The challenges identified:

 

·       Kent’s current Learning Disability and Autism (LD&A) governance and programme management framework is:

-     Confusing with several bodies duplicating effort and decision making and ineffectual structural relationships between each body

-     Not competent to develop and implement a whole system strategy and strategic commissioning programme

-     Not fully sighted or driven by the priorities, challenges and resource pressures of all partners and is largely reactive to short term issues and targets

-     Less than clear about how the voices of learning disabled and autistic people impact or affect key decisions, with a deficient approach to coproduction and system codesign 

·       Improvement is required in the effectiveness of whole system commissioning and programme management

·       Significant improvement is needed in whole system accountability and performance reporting, as investment decisions lack clarity on why and how they were determined and there is a lack of effective data and narrative to demonstrate the outcomes that are being achieved

·       Improvement is also needed in the alignment, commissioning and coordination of service delivery across adults, children and young people and complex needs to ensure:

-     Effective and seamless care pathways;

-     Person centred and codesigned support;

-     Outcome driven delivery;

-     Stronger market management and micro-commissioning, to address service deficits and to support innovation to address changing needs and expectations.

 

Through extensive engagement and coproduction of the solutions to address the challenges above, the proposals summarised below emerged through a clear consensus of council and NHS leaders, frontline professionals and health clinicians and critically through face to face engagement and workshops with people with a learning disability, autistic people and carers supported by advocates and advocate organisations.

 

Summary proposals

 

The establishment of:

 

§  A single senior level strategic leadership body of equal partners across the local authority, CCG, user and carer voice and system provider

§  A joint LD&A strategic commissioning and programme management unit, supporting whole system planning, development and change management and the function of the strategic leadership body 

§  A trusted system provider based on an effective NHS and council partnership, delegated to deliver and micro commission all LDA health and social care support.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Decision due date: Not before 24/03/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Clare Maynard

Notice of decision: 23/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/02/2021 - 21/00017- Proposal to establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for ASD at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021

Proposed decision:

 

(i)       Issue a public notice to establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021.

 

And, subject to no objections being received to the public notice

 

(ii)       Establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2021.

 

This decision is conditional upon planning permission being granted where required.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

The Children, Young People and Education Committee report for Garlinge SRP will inform the committee of a decision that will need to be taken by the Member for Education and Skills after the March CYPE committee but before the next CYPE committee date in June. The decision cannot wait until the June committee date because May is the latest point at which the decision can be made and allow sufficient time for the statutory process to be completed for a September 2021 opening.

The decision is required as part of the statutory process to publish the public notice enabling the establishment of the 16 place SRP at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery for September 2021.

 

Background:

 

The Local Authority is responsible for maintaining Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years.  As of January 2020, this totalled 13,499 children and young people with an EHCP.  This is an increase of 1,736 since January 2019, an increase of 14.8% compared to 10% nationally.

 

The number of pupils in the Thanet District with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in January 2020 was 16,000. This was an increase of 16% from 2019. 2% of Kent’s EHCP cohort live in Thanet district and as at January 2020, 5.5% of the pupils aged 5-19 years in Thanet (maintained and independent) were subject to an EHCP. Pupils with an EHCP in Kent are less likely to be educated in a maintained mainstream school than would be expected nationally. A number of students with an EHCP require a higher level of support than can be provided in mainstream schools, but their needs are not so complex that a special school placement is appropriate. For these students a range of Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) which are based in mainstream schools with places reserved for students with an EHCP are established. The establishment of SRPs attached to mainstream schools is part of the continuum of provision to enable pupils to be included within mainstream settings.

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains the most common primary need type with 41.2% of children and young people aged 0-25 years having an EHCP with this primary need identified in Kent.  This is an increase from 40.3% in January 2019. Nationally ASD is also the most common primary need, but Kent’s percentage is significantly higher than the national figure of 30%

 

Currently we are establishing an SRP for ASD for 16 pupils at Holy Trinity and St Johns Primary School. This proposal will complement the provision at Holy Trinity and St. John’s Primary School and provide additional capacity and choice for parents in the Thanet district. A 20 place Secondary SRP for ASD is also planned for the new secondary school in Thanet which will work closely with the two primary SRPs

 

Options:

 

Options regarding the establishment of SRPs have been fully investigated with the SEN team and Garlinge Primary School and Nursery was considered to be the best option (in addition to the approved SRP at Holy Trinity and St. John’s primary School) for the establishment of an SRP for ASD for 16 children  The school’s governing body is fully  supportive of the proposals. This additional provision will enable choice for parents in Thanet with a child who requires additional support from an SRP provision.

 

         How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’

This proposal will help to secure our ambition “to ensure that Kent’s young people have access to the education, work and skills opportunities necessary to support Kent business to grow and be increasingly competitive in the national and international economy”

 

The proposal also supports the ‘Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs 2017-19.The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.

Kent’s Strategy set out an intention to provide additional places for pupils with the following need types: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Speech Language and Communication Needs (ASD), and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).

 

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2021-2025 sets out our commissioning intentions to meet the need for specialist provisions across Kent. A mixture of new schools, expansion of existing and the establishment of satellites and SRPs will be commissioned across Kent to meet the need.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 05/03/2021 To enable the decision to be on the FED for a minimum of 28 days.

Division affected: Margate;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 04/02/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/03/2020 - 20/00027 - Clean Up Kent and Public Realm Improvements

Proposed Decision:

 

a)            Approve a programme of works to deliver a range of projects to ‘clean up’ Kent and to improve the public realm  across Kent

 

b)            Approve the proposed funding allocations and project development arrangements required to support and deliver the programme; and

 

c)            Delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Growth Environment and Transport to take relevant actions, including but not limited to, entering into relevant contracts, legal arrangements or other arrangements, as necessary to implement this decision.

 

 

Background:

 

Kent’s Future, Our Priority’ will become Kent County Council’s new 5 Year Plan, to replace the previous strategic statement ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes (2015-2020)’. The Plan is structured around seven outcomes which reflect the key things that residents and businesses said were essential to a good quality of life in Kent. One of the seven outcomes is, A cleaner and greener Kent.’  

 

A key message from the recent public consultation was that residents care about the places they live in, they are proud of where they live, and want to protect these places by looking after the quality, maintenance and cleanliness of our physical environment, especially town centres, local streets, beaches, public rights of way and green spaces.

 

Options:

 

It was also clear from the public consultation that residents wantedthe County to be clear how it will deliver the plan. This detail is contained within the 5-Year Plan objectives including working with partners to improve the quality of Kent’s public realm.  It is intended that a range of physical improvements will be developed, in conjunction with local stakeholders to reflect different priorities  but will be targeted at cleaning up and improving the quality and appearance of the public realm.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: Not before 14/04/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Simon Jones

Notice of decision: 16/03/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2019 - 20/00007 - Proposal to permanently increase the capacity at Pilgrims Way Primary School, Pilgrims Way Canterbury CT1 1XU

Background –

 

The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education 2019-2023 identifies a need for additional places in the Canterbury City Planning Area from 2021 this is due to pressures from new housing developments in Canterbury City and specifically the private development on the former Howe Barracks Site. This development will produce a total of 500 new homes. In addition to this, the refurbishment of former army houses by Redbridge Council is resulting in 38 new families moving in from November 2019.  To mitigate the need for places, it is proposed that Pilgrims Way will expand by 0.5 forms of entry (FE) to become a 2FE Primary school. Pilgrims Way is the nearest primary school to these developments and was named for any developer contributions linked to the development of private housing on the former barracks site. Canterbury City Council Local Plan identifies 16,000 new homes over the plan period to 2031. 8,737 are planned for the Canterbury area, with 6,533 in the Canterbury City Primary planning area where Pilgrims Way Primary School is located. Pilgrims' Way Primary School was registered as a new school on 1st May 2018 and is part of the Veritas Academy Trust. They are awaiting their first Ofsted inspection. Currently Pilgrims Way has 261 on the school roll with 31 on the nursery roll totalling 292 (May school census 2019)

 

Proposed decision –

 

To expand Pilgrims Way Primary School by increasing the Published Admissions Number (PAN) from 45 places to 60 places from September 2021.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 21/01/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Canterbury City South;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/11/2019 - 19/00095 - Discovery Park: Growing Places Fund

Proposed Decision:

 

·         Kent County Council be the administration and funding decision authority for the £5.3m allocation from SELEP’s Growing Places Fund;

 

·         KCC draws down capital funds of £5.3m from the Growing Places Fund;

 

·         KCC makes available loan finance of up to £5.3m from the Growing Places Fund to support works at Discovery Park to build a spine road and associated infrastructure to enable the building of 500 new residential homes;

 

·         Authority be delegated to the Director of Economic Development to take appropriate actions, including but not limited to, entering into legal agreements as necessary to implement this decision.

   

Provided that:

 

1.    Kent County Council is able to agree a satisfactory loan agreement from Essex County Council as the accountable body for SELEP’s Growing Places Fund; and

 

2.    The receipt of a satisfactory application for loan finance for the works at Discovery Park subject to the rules of the Growing places Fund and the findings of an independent financial appraisal.

 

 

Background:

 

KCC shall invite applications for loan finance of up to £5.3m for infrastructure at Discovery Park. This £5.3m will be obtained from the Growing Places Fund (GPF), which is administered by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). Applications will then be appraised and considered through the same process as that which is currently used to determine applications for loans from the Kent and Medway Business Fund (KMBF). This means that any application will be required to submit a full business plan, be subject to independent appraisal and be considered by the KMBF Investment Advisory board before a decision is made by KCC. The owners of the Discovery Park site are aware of this proposed process and we anticipate that an application will be forthcoming when the process is launched. In parallel with this process, KCC shall seek to enter into a loan agreement with Essex County Council (the Accountable Body for GPF). These terms have been discussed with Essex County Council and have received an in-principle agreement. However, they will need to be formalised when an agreement to lend to a borrower have been reached.  

 

Options (it is a legal requirement (2012 Executive Arrangements regulations) to outline other options considered)

 

The alternative would be for Kent County Council not to act as an agent for SELEP for the £5.3m Growing Places Fund loan. There is no evidence that this would be a more effective way of achieving the outcome of securing investment in Discovery Park, and there is a risk if the funding allocation is returned to SELEP that it is no longer ring-fenced for investment in Discovery Park or the wider Kent area.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: Not before 18/12/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Martyn Riley

Notice of decision: 19/11/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/10/2019 - 19/00084 - Proposal to Expand West Hill Primary Academy from 72 places to 90 places in September 2020

Background Information:

 

Kent County Council (KCC) as the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available. The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out our future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent. A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link: http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/education-skills-and-employment-policies/education-provision.

 

It is anticipated that there will be significant short and medium-term pressure for additional Year R places in the West Dartford Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2019/20, continuing for later years.

 

As part of the measures being taken to address the capacity issues illustrated above, KCC is proposing that West Hill PAN to 90 for 2020.

 

Proposed Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to expand West Hill Primary Academy, Church Walk, Dartford, Kent, DA12 2PR Dartford Road, Dartford, DA1 3DZ increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 72 places to 90 places from September 2020.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 27/11/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Dartford West;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/07/2019 - 19/00052 - Gypsy and Traveller Pitch Allocation Policy

Proposed Decision:

 

To revise and update Kent County Council’s (KCC) Gypsy and Traveller Service Allocations Policy for managed sites.

 

 

Background:

 

This review work is part of ongoing, council-wide activity to update and improve our processes, policies and practices.

 

The priorities for the Gypsy and Traveller service are to:

 

·         Improve current service efficiency whilst also planning for future demographic pressures within the Gypsy and Traveller community through better planning and countywide coordination on the provision of good quality sites.

 

·         Manage the growing financial challenge by ensuring that pitch allocations are made in a clear and transparent manner and that rent affordability is confirmed prior to pitches being allocated.

 

·         Improve licensee vetting, licence agreements and enforcement policies to ensure our sites’ residents understand accepted levels of behaviour, including requirements for rent payments, both prior to being allocated a pitch and for the duration of their tenancy.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 30/07/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Palminder Sandher

Notice of decision: 01/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/04/2019 - 19/00031 - Increase in the designated number at The Elms School, Dover

Background:

 

The Elms School is a good school designated for 96 pupils with behaviour and learning needs. Currently the school has 130 pupils on roll. This number is expected to increase to 158 from September 2019. It is necessary therefore, to regularise this situation and increase the designated number of the school via a statutory process.

 

Legislation requires that statutory proposals are undertaken where the number of pupils on roll of a special school exceeds its designated number by more than 10%. Therefore, we are proposing to increase the designated number to 158, to regularise the current position and to increase the number of places available. 

 

Proposed decision:

 

Increase the designated number of The Elms School, Dover from 96 to 158 places

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 30/04/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Dover Town;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 01/04/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/03/2019 - 19/00028 - Expansion of Palmarsh Primary School

Background Information:

 

In January 2017 permission was agreed to release £2,200,000 from the Education and Young People’s Services Capital budget to enable Palmarsh Primary School to expand to 1FE. It was understood that this would be the first phase of a gradual expansion to 2FE.

 

The first phase of the expansion would provide 3 new classrooms, a new entrance off Jubilee Close, offices and car parking with further classrooms being added in later phases.

 

Planning permission for the first phase of the expansion has been achieved. However, in order to secure the said planning permission significant adaptations needed to be made increasing the capital costs to £2,600,000.

 

Options:

 

Consideration has been given as to how we can scale back the first phase of the expansion plans, ensuring there is: is sufficient high quality classroom space for the school to expand to 1FE; provision of a new entrance off Jubilee Close; increased car parking and the completion of agreed s278 works.

 

Sufficient classroom space could be achieved via the removal of an old mobile classroom and replacing this with a new two classroom mobile unit. The new offices and permanent classrooms could be delivered in a later phases as an when there is a need for second FE of provision. The total costs for the mobile classrooms, new entrance off Jubilee Close, car parking and s278 works would be in the region of £700,000.

 

A variation to the present planning permission will be required if this was to proceed.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education is asked to release £625,000 of the £2,200,000 already agreed from the Children, Young People and Education Capital budget to expand Palmarsh Primary School to 1FE.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 16/04/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Hythe West;

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 19/03/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2017 - 17/00125 - Healthwatch Kent interim contract

Proposed decision: To agree:-

 

a)    the implementation of an interim contract for the provision of a Local Healthwatch for Kent for the period April 1st 2018 to March 31st 2020, with sufficient break clauses to end earlier where appropriate; and

 

b)    To incorporate the Service User Forum and Mental health Action Groups into the Healthwatch Kent contract

 

How the decision relates to Corporate Objectives

 

·         Commissioning Framework Principle 7:  Customers at the heart of our commissioning approach

·         KCC’s commissioning of a Healthwatch for Kent is required by duties under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which built upon the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

 

The matter is referred to in the Business Plan/Medium Term Capital Programme.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Traded Services

Decision due date: Not before 17/01/2018 in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Emma Hanson

Notice of decision: 20/12/2017

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/09/2017 - 17/00094 - Disposal of Land East of Great Chart Primary School, Singleton

Approval to the Director of Infrastructure to progress with and enter into the necessary documentation to complete the disposal of the aforementioned property in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services. The Decision will seek legal agreements to be actioned to complete the sale of the relevant properties.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 18/10/2017 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Roderick Lemerle

Notice of decision: 20/09/2017

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


06/10/2016 - 16/00101 - Proposal to expand Marden Primary School

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education will be asked to agree to:

 

      i.        Expand Marden Primary School, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9JX, from 280 places to 420 places, increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 40 to 60 for Year R entry in September 2018

     ii.        Allocate the budget from the Basic Needs budget (full details to be provided within the Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee Report)


In accordance with Appendix 4 Part 2 16 (a) of the Council’s constitution, the Council’s Executive Scheme of Officer Delegation provides that “Once a Member-level decision has been taken……the implementation of that decision should be delegated to officers…”  In this instance it is envisaged that the
Director of Infrastructure will inherit the authority to act and will enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council or further delegate responsibilities in accordance with 16 (c) of the same scheme “Senior Managers exercising delegated powers will…be able to sub-delegate…functions to more junior officers”

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision due date: Not before 01/01/2018 In order to ensure that the council conforms to statutory and local governance requirements.

Division affected: Maidstone Rural West;

Lead officer: Jared Nehra

Notice of decision: 03/10/2016

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/02/2015 - Lawn Primary School, Gravesend - New Playing Field

Update 01 February 2017:  Officers have confirmed that the decision is still ‘live’ and that KCC continue to work with the landowner regarding use of the land and any consequential s106 arrangements.  The process is expected to be lengthy and is likely to be ongoing for the duration of 2017.

 

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The Cabinet Member will be asked to agree that KCC take a long lease of 99 years at a nominal rent from Lafarge to facilitate expansion of school roll.

Lafarge to create new playing field and to maintain subsoil thereafter.

The Playing Field is being delivered as part of a s106 Agreement being a contribution to mitigate the impact of adjacent development of 510 homes upon Lawn Primary School and free up space on the existing Lawn PS site to enable expansion of the existing school buildings from 1FE to 2FE.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Before 01/01/2018 In order that the decision can be considered by the relevant Cabinet Committee before being taken by the Cabinet Member

Division affected: Northfleet & Gravesend West;

Notice of decision: 23/02/2015

Anticipated restriction: Open