08/06/2021 - 21/00043 - Statutory Notice for Enhanced Partnership for Buses

Proposed Decision:

 

To issue the required statutory notice of the intention to form an Enhanced Partnership (EP) for bus services in Kent.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

         Background

On 15 March, the Department for Transport published its wide-ranging National Bus Strategy entitled “Bus Back Better”.

 

It is a strategy which sets out ambitious goals.  It is backed by £3 billion of investment across England and a commitment to repurpose current funding.  It is aimed at seeing passengers benefiting from “more frequent, more reliable, easier to use, easier to understand, better coordinated and cheaper bus services.”

 

There is an expectation that local authorities will work closely in partnership with bus operators, particularly those with commercial services, to better integrate bus routes and ticketing to make travel easier for passengers.

 

Investment is expected to facilitate this including both revenue funding (for example for reducing fares and increasing bus services) and capital funding (for example for measures to improve bus operating speeds by reducing delays).

    

The strategy sets an ambitious timeline for Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) to comply with the strategy, which allows continued access to both current and future funding. Operators also need to co-operate with this process to retain their funding streams.

 

The required timelines to be met are as follows:

 

1.       LTAs and bus operators must commit in principle to the introduction of EPs by 1st July 2021.   An EP is an agreement between LTAs and bus operators to work together to improve bus services

 

2.       LTAs are required to publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) by the end of October 2021. Guidance on the content of the BSIP is expected this month

 

3.       The EP will be developed in line with the Statutory processes to achieve implementation of the EP Plan and EP Schemes by April 2022.

 

Options:

 

The National Bus Strategy effectively narrows the decision down to just two options. Firstly, to comply with the procedure and timescales set out by the DfT, or secondly, not to proceed with the BSIP and EP process. However, the latter course of action would put access to current and future government funding at risk; potentially £7m grant funding to KCC

 

         How the proposed decision meets the challenges in the Interim Strategic Plan:

 

The proposed decision supports the:

         Demand challenge to better understand and meet the long-term demand for transport

         Environment challenge to delivery net zero for Kent by 2050 and promote climate resilience

         Economic challenge to champion the green and rural economy to meet specific challenges that arise from living and working in rural communities.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 11/06/2021 To allow the matter to be published for 28 days prior to decision, in accordance with legal requirements.

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Philip Lightowler

Notice of decision: 13/05/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/06/2021 - 21/00048 A228/B2017 and B2017/B2160 Paddock Wood Junction Improvements

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation is asked to give approval for the County Council

i) to progress the proposed junction improvements as indicatively shown on drawings SK24 Rev 4; and SK49 Rev D and SK50 Rev D through surveys, design and construction;
ii) to submit the proposed junction improvements shown on drawings SK24 Rev 4; and SK49 Rev D and SK50 Rev D for Land Charge disclosures and development control;
iii) to take a transfer of land for the B2160 junction improvements from the adjacent housing development under a S106 planning obligation and to acquire other land and rights as necessary;
iv) to progress all statutory approvals and consents required for the scheme including detailed planning consent, drainage and environmental consents and securing temporary use of land for a construction site compound;
v) to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the scheme, subject to approval of the Infrastructure Commissioning Board to the recommended procurement strategy; and
vi) for any further decisions required to allow the scheme to proceed through to delivery to be taken by the Interim/Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport under the Officer Scheme of Delegations following prior consultation with the Cabinet Member.

 

·   Background

Paddock Wood is a housing growth area within Tunbridge Wells Local Plan.  Three developments at Mascalls Court Farm, Mascalls Farm and Church Farm were given planning consent in 2018.  Development progress is at various stages but has started at all three sites and together they will deliver nearly 1,000 new homes.  As part of the traffic mitigation to accommodate these new developments, improvements were identified for the A228/B2017 and B22017/B2160/Mascalls Court Road junctions.

The proposed improvement of the A228/B2017 junction is for an enlarged roundabout within the existing highway boundary to achieve  an increased diameter with wider entry lanes and more circulating space.  The proposed improvement of the B22017/B2160/Mascalls Court Road junction is to locally realign the B2170 and change the current staggered priority junction into a traffic signal-controlled crossroads together with pedestrian crossing facilities.

As three developments are involved with no individual development willing to take overall responsibility or liability to implement the works under a S278 agreement, the former Leader of the County Council decided in 2014 that KCC would deliver the junction improvements and the S106 agreements were completed on that basis.

The S106 agreements have intervention triggers but there was an over-riding longstop date of 1 April 2021 whereby KCC was obliged to notify the developers of its intent to progress the improvements.  That notification was issued on 29 March 2021 and that triggered the full or progressive payment of the contributions such that they will all have been received by 31 December 2021.  There is also an obligation to transfer a small area of land required for the B2017/B2160/Mascalls Court Road junction scheme.

KCC has a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation to complete the improvements by 1 April 2023.  However, while Officers are proceeding diligently, surveys are required before detailed design can proceed, public engagement will be required and the B2017/B2160/Mascalls Court Road junction proposal will require planning consent and it is possible that construction may not be able to start before spring 2023.  One agreement also has an obligation to return the contribution if the improvements have not started within 5 years – April 2026 – however, the construction period is only about 9 months and so that risk is minor.

 

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

The scheme supports the objectives by reducing congestion, improving the highway infrastructure to provide more reliable journey times and improved public transport links and accessibility, to support Kent business and housing growth and encourage economic activity to benefit the local and wider communities.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 06/07/2021

Division affected: Tunbridge Wells Rural;

Lead officer: John Farmer

Notice of decision: 07/06/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/06/2021 - 21/00047 Dover Fastrack

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation is asked to give approval for the County Council to:

i) all acts required to carry out and complete the Dover Fastrack scheme;
ii) all acts required to acquire the land and rights for the carrying out and completion of the Dover Fastrack scheme, including by means of a compulsory purchase order;
iii) the delegation to the Interim/Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport under the Officer Scheme of Delegations following prior consultation with the Cabinet Member, any further or other decisions as may be appropriate to deliver the Dover Fastrack scheme.
iv) confirm that other decisions in Record of Decision 15/00053 remain extant.

 

Dover Fastrack(formerly known as Dover Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)) is a proposed high quality dedicated bus scheme (like that operating in North Kent) that is a fundamental part of Dover District Council’s Local Plan Core Strategy and current Local Plan Review to 2040 to support inter alia the delivery of 5,750 new homes as part of the Whitfield Urban Expansion.  It will also provide connectivity to the White Cliffs Business Park, the development of up to 500 new homes at Connaught Barracks, the town centre and Dover Priory station.  The key infrastructure involves i) a link from White Cliffs Business Park on a new bridge over the A2 and a route through Phase 1A of the Whitfield Urban Expansion to link up with Archers Court Road; ii) a link from White Cliffs Business Park to Dover Road and iii) localised widening and improvements to Dover Road.  The scheme received planning consent in March 2021.

 

Land is required, primarily, from the developer of Phase 1A of the Whitfield Urban Expansion.  Negotiations have commenced and while it is hoped that agreement can be reached the use of compulsory purchase is required to give overall land availability and programme certainty.

 

Following a Report to Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee 8 August 2019, a Record of Decision 19/00053 gave a wide range of authorities to allow the scheme to proceed.  However, compulsory purchase is a strong power available to local authorities and it is appropriate to seek an updated and specific authority for its use.

 

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

 

The scheme supports the objectives by reducing congestion, improving the highway infrastructure to provide more reliable journey times and improved public transport links and accessibility, to support Kent business and housing growth and encourage economic activity to benefit the local and wider communities.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 06/07/2021

Division affected: Dover North; Dover Town; Dover West;

Lead officer: John Farmer

Notice of decision: 07/06/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/06/2021 - 21/00046 - A229 Bluebell Hill Improvement Scheme

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation is requested to give approval to:

i) the feasibility design options for A229 Blue Bell Hill Improvement Scheme to be developed and further explored to establish a preferred option which best meets the objectives for the scheme;

ii) to progress the preferred option through the next stages of development and delivery including any ancillary works such as drainage and environmental mitigation;

iii) to submit a planning application/development consent order for the scheme, following completion of the outline design process and public consultation;

iv) take all steps necessary to obtain and implement all Statutory Orders and approvals or consents required for the schemes;

v) all acts required to acquire the land and rights for the carrying out and completion of the A229 Blue Bell Hill Improvement Scheme, including by means of a compulsory purchase order;

vi) to enter into Agreements to allow the County Council to design and deliver a scheme on Highways England and Network Rail (High Speed 1) infrastructure;

vii) to enter into Large Local Majors funding, developer funding and other such funding Agreements subject to the approval of the Corporate Director for Finance;

viii) to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the scheme, subject to the approval of Strategic Commissioning;

(ix)   the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport, under the Officer Scheme of Delegations, to take further or other decisions as may be appropriate to deliver the A229 Blue Bell Hill Improvement Scheme in accordance with these recommendations..

 

Background

The A229 Blue Bell Hill is a strategically important link providing the shortest route between the M2 and M20 and connecting both the County town of Maidstone and the conurbation of Medway.

The scheme is needed to provide improvements to the junctions at either end of Blue Bell Hill, A229/M2 J3 and A229/M20 J6, as well as the length of Blue Bell Hill itself, to provide safer and more reliable journeys for strategic traffic, including following the opening of the Lower Thames Crossing, and additional capacity to support local growth.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

Two options are currently being progressed (options 1 and 2 from the public consultation) and will be further developed to establish a preferred option which best meets the objectives of the scheme. A third option was presented at public consultation but has since been dropped as a result of further design work which showed unacceptable impacts on the M20 and surrounding area.

 

How the proposed decision meets the challenges in the Interim Strategic Plan

 

·         Economic Challenge - Bring forward infrastructure to stimulate economic growth

The project brings central government funding into the county to invest in infrastructure, supporting the construction industry and supply chain and providing an opportunity for green infrastructure.

·         Demand Challenge - Understand and meet long-term demand for transport

The project considers the use of active travel, providing facilities and routes for walking and cycling and provides additional capacity to accommodate future growth.

·         Demand Challenge - Invest in effective prevention

The project provides opportunities for asset upgrades and maintenance as part of the scheme, provides improved quality assets and aims to minimise future maintenance liabilities.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 06/07/2021 to enable to decision to be on the FED for 28 days

Division affected: Maidstone North East; Maidstone Rural North; Malling North East;

Lead officer: Victoria Soames

Notice of decision: 07/06/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/05/2021 - 21/00045 - Vision Zero - Road Safety Strategy for Kent

·   Background

Vision Zero road safety strategy for Kent states an ambition of zero deaths on Kent’s roads by 2050, adopting the Safe Systems Approach which includes: Safe Roads and Streets, Safe Speed, Safe Behaviours, Safe Vehicles and Post Collision Response, to achieve this goal. The strategy proposes ‘Community CIRCLE’ listening to and working with local communities to reduce road danger, to enable KCC to be more proactive in our approach.

 

·     Options (other options considered but discarded)

Not to adopt the new strategy  but this would mean continuing with a primarily reactive approach to road safety which does not reflect the ambition of zero deaths on Kent’s roads by 2050 or the broader proactive working with partners and local communities supported by the Safe systems approach

 

·   How the proposed decision meets the challenges in the Interim Strategic Plan

Financial Challenge: Cost Avoidance: The costs from road injuries are significant, the social care implications alone of a serious injury to a child are substantial. Safer roads and streets will lower these costs in the long term. It is also essential that this authority produces an ambitious strategy to stand a good chance of attracting central government and grant funding.

 

Economic Challenge: Development of safer streets could be part of the investment to spur growth. Increasing the public’s confidence that their journey will be safe, can only benefit the economic recovery from the pandemic.

 

Demand Challenge: Working with partners, stakeholders, and communities to share responsibility for road safety will in the medium to long term reduce demand for KCC services.

 

Partnership Challenge: Vision Zero - Safe Systems – Community CIRCLE is all about working in partnership to achieve combined goals. Partnering with communities, stakeholders, internal teams, and departments. Working with KALC members will be the focal point.

 

Environmental Challenge: Creating safer streets will encourage more walking and cycling and lower car use with benefits for health, environment, and air quality. The focus on safer vehicles will also have benefits in creating cleaner vehicles.

 

 

·   Financial Implications:

It is essential that the authority maintains its financial commitment to road safety education and engineering. The revenue budget for the Casualty Reduction Team for staff and education, training and publicity, transport intelligence, safety camera partnership, safer mobility and road crossing patrols currently stands at £1,810k pa. This does not include the capital budgets required for engineering works.

 

The implementation of the strategy and the drafting and development of subsequent delivery plans will be met from existing base budgets. This will allow us to build the evidence base to leverage in central government funding, the level of which will depend on how quickly we will be able to meet our Vision Zero aspirations. At the time of writing, we do not have details for the next funding round.

 

There are therefore no direct immediate financial implications for this strategy, as it outlines a new approach which can be tailored to available funding. In the longer term the adoption of this strategy will enable KCC to lever higher levels of funding for safer roads and streets from central government and charities.

 

Reducing the level of serious injuries on Kent’s roads will also reduce the County Council’s spending on social care and special education.

 

 

·     Legal Implications  

There are no legal issues regarding the strategy.

 

·     Equalities implications

An EqIA was undertaken before we went to consultation which showed no major equalities issues. Representatives of protected characteristic groups were invited to consult on the strategy and attend stakeholder meetings. Disability groups for instance have contributed to the consultation and are supportive of Vision Zero. 

 

·     Data Protection implications

The consultation report has been developed closely with the consultation team to ensure that no personal data is shared.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 24/06/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Andrew Roach

Notice of decision: 26/05/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/05/2021 - 21/00044 - Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme

Reason for the decision

In March 2021, Cabinet approved the creation of the programme and agreed to delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education, in consultation with the Leader and the Cabinet Members for Integrated Children’s Services and Education and Skills, to take necessary actions, including but not limited to, entering into relevant contracts or other legal agreements, as required to establish the programme and undertake relevant preparatory work within normal delegated spend thresholds.

 

The programme commenced in April 2021 and resource has been seconded to deliver the programme. In accordance with the decision of Cabinet in March 2021, a further key decision is needed to confirm the scope, objectives, outcomes and funding of the Reconnect Programme, together with confirmation of the governance and delegation arrangements to enable Reconnect to successfully achieve KCC’s aim of reconnecting children and young people in Kent to: learning missed; sport, activities and the outdoors; health and happiness; friends, family and communities; and economic wellbeing.

 

Background

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected children and young people, and it is recognised nationally and internationally that children and young people have sacrificed more than most over the course of the pandemic. The County Council determines it vital that the whole Kent community supports our children and young people to reconnect with the things they have missed over the past year.

 

The programme will run from April 2021 until the end of August 2022 and will be available to all children in Kent, from the age of 2 to 19 years old (or 24 years old if they have special educational needs and/or disabilities).  The programme’s activities and support will meet different levels of need and will be in addition to, rather than instead of, existing services.

 

The programme will be delivered via a combination of existing networks and structures, including Local Children’s Partnership Groups and new “Theme Teams”, which will co-ordinate local delivery of the programme and make recommendations on where programme funding should be spent. A “Network Champions” scheme has been established to expand the reach of the programme and promote engagement and involvement with the programme at a local level.

 

An initial governance structure, consisting of a multi-agency Executive Board and an operational Delivery Board, has been established to oversee Reconnect and manage the allocated budget. The Delivery Board will lead on the operational delivery of the programme, and co-ordinate the “Theme Teams”, and the Executive Board will provide strategic direction for the programme. Reconnect will also link to existing KCC governance structures, reporting to CYPE’s DMT, CMT, Cabinet and Cabinet Committees as appropriate.

 

Options

The options considered were:

·    Option 1 – do nothing.

·    Option 2 – use existing structures only to deliver new initiatives.

·    Option 3 – use existing structures and create new temporary structures to deliver new initiatives.

·    Option 4 – use new structures only these to deliver new initiatives.

 

Option 3 was selected as the best option for delivery of the programme because existing networks and connections can be utilised, and additional structures and resources can drive the programme and create change. This option carries a funding requirement because resources are required to introduce, integrate and manage new structures, but this option provides the framework that gives the programme the greatest chance of success.

 

Alignment of the programme to KCC’s strategic objectives

The County Council’s stated vision for Children and Young people is:

 

“We want the best for all children in Kent. Our driving ambition is to deliver the best outcomes we can for all children, young people, and their families. We constantly aim for Kent to be the most forward-looking area in England for care, education and learning, supported by specialist and early help services so that we are the best place for children and young people to grow up safely, learn, develop and achieve.”

 

The Reconnect programme seeks to support the achievement of this vision, providing enjoyable opportunities for children and young people to engage in to help them be safe, learn, develop, and achieve.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 24/06/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 26/05/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


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


16/02/2021 - 21/00028 - Adoption of Highways Asset Management Plan -2025/26

Proposed decision:

 

Adoption of Highways Asset Management Plan 2021/22-2025/26 – An Investment Strategy and Action Plan for the next 5 Years.

 

To adopt and publish a single document that sets out our approach to highways asset management over the next five years.

 

Background and reasons:

 

Over the past years we have significantly developed our approach to highways asset management enabling KCC to maximise Department for Transport (DfT) funding. As part of this work, KCC has formally adopted various key documents - Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways, Implementing Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways and Developing Our Approach to Asset Management in Highways. We have also introduced various measures to implement the Well-managed Highway Infrastructure (WMHI) code of practice, again resulting in the adoption and publication of a range of documents – Applying the code of practice in Kent, Implementing the code of practice in Kent and A Risk Based Approach –

Service Level Risk Assessments. As a result we have been able to demonstrate consistently that we are a Band 3 DfT Incentive Fund authority, make the case for additional funding, and optimise our ability to defend claims. Collectively, these published documents form our existing Highways Asset Management Plan (HAMP).

 

Despite making significant progress in recent years, we, as other highways authorities, are in an increasingly challenging environment, with deteriorating assets, increasing traffic volumes, uncertainty around future funding and, more recently, facing the impacts of the global pandemic.  It is therefore timely to develop a new single and updated HAMP document, to identify a clear investment strategy and associated action plan for the future that is fit for purpose and recognises the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The new document is a forward-looking document covering the next five years which:

           includes a vision statement

           sets out how highways asset management, as a key enabling service, contributes to achieving strategic outcomes and delivering Kent’s interim strategic plan

           describes how we go about asset management and risk-based decision-making

           explains what we know about the condition of our assets both now and going forward based on various investment levels

           sets out what our service levels are in terms of what we do and what we do not, alongside an assessment of associated risks

           outlines our asset management and WMHI improvements and achievements in recent years

           includes a five-year forward works programme (for specific asset groups), and

           lists the actions we will take forward in the coming years to further improve our approach to asset management, maximise asset lifespans, reduce lifecycle cost and improve future maintainability. 

 

In addition to being an asset management plan for highways, the document essentially amounts to an Investment Strategy and Action Plan for the next five years. It seeks to move towards treating the management and maintenance of our highway assets as a multi-year plan, rather than an annual one. In that respect, the document highlights the importance of consistency of (broad levels of) funding and approach over that longer period, to enable us to deliver a more efficient service with better condition outcomes.

 

At the time of writing, the Department for Transport has only confirmed the levels of capital grant to be provided for highway maintenance in 2021/22.  This funding is, in real terms, around 20% lower (around £9m) than in 2020/21 (but higher than 2019/20), though KCC was able to maintain existing budget levels overall in 2021/22 using unallocated 20/21 resource.

 

 There is considerable uncertainty about DfT funding in 2021/22 and beyond.  In the event that available resource over the next five years is considerably different to the broad levels of funding assumed in our analyses, (based on current funding levels continuing), the new strategy  provides detailed information to enable informed decision-making around how we  prioritise investment going forward. The HAMP document confirms our approach to asset management and how funding is allocated, which is particularly important in the event that funding reduces.

 

 

The main document also proposes new maintenance hierarchies for our road and footway  assets, following detailed work during the last year in which we examined a number of options. The preferred hierarchies are based on those recommended in WMHI, as these provide sufficient granularity for our use given the scale and make-up of Kent’s network. For roads, we have adjusted the WMHI hierarchy to include our Resilient Highway Network as a new top category. The proposed hierarchies also enable us to adjust our future inspection and maintenance approach, for example to move resource away from little used or impassable country tracks, so that higher risks can be targetted.

 

The new HAMP document also sets out in detail the asset management and related services we provide (and equally those we do not), and an assessment of risk associated with that balance.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 17/03/2021

Lead officer: Alan Casson

Notice of decision: 16/02/2021

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