12/01/2022 - 21/00117 - Allocation of Additional Basic Needs Capital Funding Towards Proposed Expansion of Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS

Proposed decision

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

a)    authorise the allocation of £416,905 additional funding from the Children Young People and Education Services Basic Need Capital Budget to fund the permanent expansion of Invicta Grammar School, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 192 places to 240 places from September 2022.

 

b)    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 with the Valley Invicta Academies Trust.

 

c)    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.

 

Reason for Decision

Due to increased costs and supply chain issues, it is no longer possible to deliver the scheme within the initial cost estimate.  The price of building materials, along with many other associated products needed for construction works, have risen considerably since the initial feasibility cost plan was completed.  The increased costs identified predominately relate to inflation and site-specific conditions based on the proposed development location that have increased the abnormal costs.  Supply chains have experienced disruptions due to the Covid-crisis and latterly by driver shortages and resulted in some of the key materials increasing in cost above the anticipated rate of inflation. 

 

Background

This FED follows on from Decision 21/00025, taken on 19 March 2021, whereby the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills agreed to authorise the allocation of £2,438,095 from the Children Young People and Education Services Basic Need Capital Budget to fund the permanent expansion of Invicta Grammar School, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 192 places to 240 places from September 2022.

 

The Commissioning Plan forecasts for the Maidstone and Malling Selective planning group indicate that there will be a deficit of Year 7 places throughout the Plan period.  The deficit builds during the early years of the Plan period and peaks at -106 places in 2023-24, before settling into around a 90 places shortfall for the last 3 years of the forecast period.

 

Within this planning group, some schools have admitted over PAN in recent years, creating temporary additional selective capacity.  It is anticipated that this pattern will continue and will accommodate the immediate forecast deficit of 28 places in 2021-22.  However, from 2022-23 there is a need to commission up to 3FE of additional permanent provision and a further 1FE (or 30 temporary places) will be needed to meet the 2023-24 demand.

 

In recent years Invicta Grammar School has accepted bulges up to 240 pupils, which is 48 places above its PAN.  These additional places have provided provision that ensured there were sufficient girls grammar places available in the Maidstone and Malling planning group.  The latest KCP forecasts indicate a continued and growing demand for grammar places and in particular girls’ provision. 

 

However, Invicta Grammar School no longer has the physical capacity to accept pupils over their PAN beyond September 2021.  Therefore, KCC intends to commission a Basic Need expansion of Invicta Grammar School to enable the school to continue to offer 240 places on a permanent basis from September 2022.

 

It is agreed with Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) that this would be a school managed scheme, with KCC providing the Basic Need funding and the Trust procuring and managing all capital works.

 

Options

The Trust and its chosen contractors have completed detailed exploration to ensure that the cost rise is minimalised and that there is sufficient contingency within the scheme to mitigate any further construction risks.

 

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

 

The provision of sufficient school places is a statutory duty and contributes to the Strategic Business Plan Priorities to ensure that “Children and Young People in Kent get the best start in life”.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 19/01/2022

Lead officer: Nick Abrahams

Notice of decision: 21/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/01/2022 - 21/00115 - Proposal to Permanently Expand Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School by 1FE from 150 to 180 PAN from September 2023

Proposed decision:

i.             agree to provide £5m from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the permanent expansion of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School by 1FE from 150 to 180 PAN from September 2023.

 

ii.            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.

 

iii.          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.

 

Reason for the decision:

The Kent Commissioning Plan has identified the need for additional selective places across the plan period due to population growth and new housing developments in the Faversham and surrounding area. The Kent Commissioning Plan (2021-2025) shows a deficit of -30 places for September 2022 and -34 places for September 2023 for the Canterbury and Faversham Selective Planning Group.

 

Background:

Queen Elizabeth Grammar school is part of the Canterbury and Faversham Selective planning group. There are 4 Grammar schools within this planning group, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Simon Langton Girls Grammar school, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys and Barton Court Grammar School. For September 2023 it is therefore proposed to permanently expand Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School by 30 places (1FE) to meet the need for additional places in Faversham and the planning area.

 

To help meet the need for additional grammar places in Swale both Highsted and Borden Grammar Schools are proposing to expand permanently by 1FE from September 2022 and form the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Selective planning area.

 

 

Options:

Simon Langton Girls Grammar school has recently been rebuilt through the DfE Priority School Build Programme. Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys has a current build programme to facilitate their expansion to 5 forms of entry and Barton Court Grammar school was expanded to 5 forms of entry in 2017 and is at capacity on their site.

 

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” as set out in ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: 11/01/2022

Division affected: Faversham;

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/01/2022 - 21/00114 - Swale Secondary Provision. Temporary expansions of Sittingbourne Secondary Schools for September 2022 and September 2023

Proposed decision:

i.             agree to provide £1M from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the temporary expansion of Westlands Secondary School by 1FE (30 places) for September 2022 and September 2023.

 

ii.            agree to provide £1M from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the temporary expansion of The Sittingbourne School by 1FE (30 places) for September 2022 and September 2023.

 

iii.          agree to provide £1M from the Children, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the temporary expansion of Fulston Manor by 0.5FE (15 places) for September 2022 and September 2023.

 

iv.          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.

 

v.            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.

 

Reason for the decision:

The Kent Commissioning Plan has identified the need for additional secondary places across Swale District for several years due to population growth and new housing developments in the district.

 

The Kent Commissioning Plan (2021-2025) shows a deficit of -93 Year 7 places in the Sittingbourne non-selective planning group for September 2022 growing to a deficit of –176 for September 2023 Year 7 entry. Some of this pressure is offset by spare capacity in Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy but there remains an overall deficit of Year 7 places that needs to be addressed.

 

The commissioning of a new all through school to include 2FE primary provision and 6FE secondary agreed with developers on the North Sittingbourne (Quinton Road) site has been delayed due to the housing development not coming forward according to the original timeline as set out within the Local Plan. Following discussions with the developer, the school site is now not expected to transfer until 2026. If this remains the case, the earliest date for delivery of a new school would be September 2028. Discussions on options to meet the non-selective secondary place need in the period 2024 to 2028 are ongoing, meanwhile proposals to meet the shorter term pressures are being brought forward after discussion with the local secondary schools.

 

To help meet the predicted pressure on places in the Sittingbourne non-selective planning group, the proposal is to expand (on a temporary basis), Westlands, The Sittingbourne School and Fulston Manor for September 2022 and September 2023.

 

Background:

Additional capacity for Swale secondary provision was secured through a temporary expansion of Westlands Secondary Academy by 45 places for September 2019, 2020, and 2021. The Sittingbourne School also temporary expanded by 30 places for September 2021 for Year 7 entry. To meet the need for additional grammar places both Highsted and Borden Grammar Schools are proposing to expand permanently by 1FE from September 2022. A temporary expansion of The Abbey School for 30 places for September 2021 was also secured and a permanent 1FE expansion is being progressed.

 

The Kent commissioning plan for 2021-2025 shows a projected deficit of -93 places September 2022 and -176 for September 2023 for the Sittingbourne non-selective secondary planning group.

 

For September 2022 and September 2023, it is therefore proposed to temporarily expand:

  • Westlands Secondary School by 30 places (1FE)
  • The Sittingbourne School by 30 places (1FE)
  • Fulston Manor by 15 places (0.5FE)

 

A total of 75 (2.5FE) additional Year 7 places in Sittingbourne non-selective planning area for both September 2022 and September 2023.The surplus capacity in the Isle of Sheppey non-selective planning area will also support the deficit in the Sittingbourne non-selective planning group.

 

There is a need to secure a permanent solution to the secondary place pressures from September 2024 onwards and options are being investigated.

 

Options:

The new 6FE Secondary school on Quinton Road has not been able to be progressed.

 

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” as set out in ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: 11/01/2022

Division affected: Sittingbourne South; Swale West;

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021


12/01/2022 - 21/00113 - Proposal to change use of Garlinge Children's Centre Building

Proposed decision:  

i.             agree to change the use of Garlinge Children Centre building to provide a 16 place Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 

ii.            to agree to provide Children’s Centre Services to the community served by Garlinge Children’s Centre through Birchington Children’s Centre by extending the opening hours of  Birchington Children’s Centre from part time to full time. Six Bells Children Centre in Margate is also within proximity of Garlinge.

 

iii.          to issue a public notice to change the use of Garlinge Children Centre building and to establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2022.

 

iv.          agree to provide £1.15 million from the Children’s, Young People and Education Capital Budget for the establishment of the 16 place SRP for ASD at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery.

 

v.            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.

 

vi.          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.

 

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

 

i.             establish a 16 place Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery from September 2022.

 

Reason for the decision:

The decision is required as part of the statutory process to change the use of the Children’s centre building. Approval is required to publish the public notice to enable the establishment of the 16 place SRP at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery.

 

Background:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most common special education need type in Kent with 42.7% of all EHCPs (0-25) having ASD as their primary need. In Thanet 50% of all EHCPs for Primary aged pupils have ASD named as their primary need in their Education Health and Care Plan. Despite this, Thanet does not have any Specialist Resource Provisions in any of its local schools. The nearest primary schools with specialist resource provisions for ASD for children in Thanet are in Canterbury and Whitstable.

 

We are therefore proposing to open two primary Specialist Resource Provisions for Thanet primary age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. One in Holy Trinity and St John’s Primary School in Margate and another in Garlinge Primary School and Nursery.

 

Garlinge Children’s Centre was identified as a possible ideal location at Garlinge Primary School for the Specialist Resourced Provision; however this would mean the closure of the Children’s Centre. Early years, health (health visiting and midwifery) and parenting services delivered from Garlinge Children’s Centre would be transferred to the current part-time Birchington Children’s Centre, which is 3.4 miles from Garlinge Children’s Centre. Birchington Children’s Centre hours would be extended to full-time opening to accommodate the increased delivery of services. Children’s Centre service will also continue to offer targeted outreach to Garlinge service uses through home visiting, community venues and utilising space within the school.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded):

Consideration has been given to a different area of the school that currently has some intervention spaces and a sensory room and would require demolition of some temporary buildings. This space is near to the current Key Stage 2 (Junior) satellite class of Foreland Fields School on the Garlinge Primary site. There is a separate proposal to provide a Key Stage 1 (Infant) satellite class of Foreland Fields School. However, if the Specialist Resource Provision is sited here, the proposal for the Infant satellite class of Foreland Fields School could not be brought forward.

 

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 Kent’s Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2021-2024

 

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 Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 11/01/2022

Division affected: Birchington & Rural;

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/01/2022 - 21/00112 - Admission Arrangements and Scheme for 2023-24 Academic Year

Proposed decision:

To determine the primary and secondary school co-ordinated admissions schemes for 2023 intake year and the admission arrangements for Kent community and voluntary controlled primary schools and the admission arrangements for Kent community and voluntary controlled secondary schools for 2023 intake year.

 

Background:

Admission authorities are legally required to determine admissions arrangements for their schools by 28 February each year, even if no changes are proposed. It is intended that admissions arrangements for schools where KCC is the admissions authority are to remain unchanged.

 

Local Authorities are also required to determine an Admissions scheme for schools within their geographical boundaries, which details how the co-ordinated and in year admissions processes will operate for the forthcoming year. No changes are proposed to the Admissions scheme for the 2023 intake year, so it was not necessary to consult on the scheme this year either.

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is therefore requested to approve the proposed admission arrangements and scheme.

 

Legal Implications:

Section 13A of the Education Act 1996 states every admission authority must, before the beginning of each school year determine the admission arrangements which are to apply for that year 7. Local authorities are required by Section 92 of the School Standards and Framework Act and the Education (School Information) (England) Regulations 2008 to publish admission arrangements for all maintained schools in their area. Under section 88(1A) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (as inserted by section 42 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006) it is the duty of a governing body of a community or voluntary controlled school, for which a local authority is the admissions authority, to implement any decision relating to the admission of pupils taken by the admission authority. Similarly, under section 89(3A) of the 1998 Act and regulations, the governing body of a voluntary aided or foundation school must implement a decision of the local authority, made under the relevant co-ordinated admission arrangements, whether a child should be granted or refused admission to the school. Failure to do so would amount to a breach of the admission authority’s statutory duty.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: 11/01/2022

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/01/2022 - 22/00002 - School Funding Arrangements for 2022-23

Proposed Decision:

To approve changes to the Kent County Council local funding formula for schools that is used to calculate school budgets from 1 April 2022. 

 

Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education to make any necessary changes to the Local Funding Formula rates once final affordability is known in January 2022 after provisional school budgets have been calculated.

 

Reason for the decision:

In response to the Government confirming the additional funding for schools, Kent County Council is set to receive approximately £50m additional funding in 2022-23 for primary and secondary school budgets of which £23m relates to increases in funding rates. This decision will confirm how this additional funding will be distributed in line with Government guidelines. 

 

Background:

The Government has confirmed the Council continues to be responsible for operating a local funding formula for Kent maintained schools (and this formula is also used by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for calculating Kent academy budgets) during 2022-23 and legislation dictates that any changes to that formula is subject to an all school consultation which took place in November 2021 along with seeking views from the Schools Funding Forum. The consultation focused on how we allocate any additional funding and a request to transfer a further 1% from the schools to the high needs block to support inclusive practices in schools (the latter is also subject to Secretary of State approval).

 

Options:

The options considered are outlined in the consultation document to schools. Proposed changes to the primary and secondary schools funding formula have been limited to avoid any excessive deviation from the National Funding Formula (NFF) used by Government to allocate school funding to local authorities for distribution to schools. This is in line with previous recommendations from both schools & the Schools Funding Forum who have supported the general principle that “our Local Funding Formula should move towards the NFF, but at the same time continue to utilise local flexibility to address areas of local concern”. Mandatory factors and rates prescribed by Government have also limited proposed options.

 

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

The decision is linked to achieving the objective “the Children and young people in Kent get the best start in life” within the ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 09/02/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Karen Stone

Notice of decision: 11/01/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/01/2022 - 22/00001 - Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) - Consultation outcome on service redesign and delivery options from April 2022

Proposed decision to:

1.   Extend the existing STLS district Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for five months (April to August 2022, inclusive), and new flexible three-year SLAs for implementation from September 2022.

2.   Improve strategic governance and monitoring of the SLAs as part of the wider Children and Young People Outcomes Framework knitting together the SEND Strategy, the priorities set out in the Countywide Approach to Inclusive Education (CATIE) and the STLS Key Performance Indicators.

3.   Implement proposals for a consistent countywide tiered model of access to specialist advice, support and interventions from September 2022, including:  drop-in clinics, solution focussed Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) Meetings, Intensive Specialist Support to model specialist interventions and strategies,  and allocation of a named Link Teacher to settings and schools, as a single point of contact.

4.   Implement proposals for STLS to focus on targeted and specialist level training.  This work to be linked to the development of the Kent Directory of Resources.

5.   Offer the opportunity for chargeable bespoke training where a need is identified which cannot be met through the existing Kent training offer

6.   Improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND by ensuring that all Specialist Teachers have access to an equitable programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and that they have or be willing to work towards accredited quantifications in an area of SEND or membership of relevant national professional bodies.

7.   Incorporate the voice of parents/carers as equal partners in design, development and monitoring of specialist training for parents/carers of children and young people with SEND, as well as involving them in service design, identification of gaps, evaluation and improvement.

8.   Ensure greater transparency and accountability as part of annual financial audit to ensure resources are targeted and outcome driven.

9.   Extend the Physical Disability and Sensory SLAs for 17 months commencing April 2022, with the intention to work through the consultation responses to plan and manage the next steps to create a fully integrated inhouse provision.

10.The Kent Association of the Blind Habilitation Service Grant to be extended in line with the Sensory STLS provision, with a review of the service in the interim period.

11.To delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education or other Officer, to undertake the necessary actions to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the decision:

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) is a specialist provision for Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The service is co-ordinated via 12 Special Schools (one per district) and two countywide provisions for Sensory and Physical Disability.  The expectations and quality assurance of the delivery of the service are outlined in a Service Level Agreement (SLA). These SLAs have been subject to a one-year extension, due to expire at the end of March 2022. The reason for the previous extension was to allow a review and redesign of the service, in line with the wider SEND Strategy 2021-24, the Kent SEND Inclusion Statement and the CATIE, prior to issuing new SLAs.

 

The decision is required to enable a five month extension of the District level SLAs that are due to expire at the end of March 2022, to allow a period of transition and alignment of the Agreements with the academic calendar, with full implementation of new 3-year SLAs from September 2022.  

 

For the countywide provisions for Sensory and Physical Disability STLS, the decision is required to extend the existing SLAs which are due to expire at the end of March 2022.  The decision is required to extend the SLAs for 17 months with the intention to work through the consultation responses to plan and manage the next steps to create a fully integrated inhouse Sensory and PD provision from September 2023.

 

The annual budget for these services will remain within the existing financial envelop of £8.5M.

 

Background:

The STLS is one the main vehicles for mainstream early years settings and schools to access the specialist advice, support, training and interventions to gain the specialist skills, confidence and capacity to meet the additional needs of children and young people with SEND.  The STLS was devolved from the local authority in 2012 and is managed by 12 Special Schools, one per district.  There are also two countywide provisions for Sensory and Physical Disability, both managed by one Special School in Sevenoaks district.

 

However, there have been growing challenges on the system, with increasing numbers of requests for Education Health Care (EHC) needs assessment made by parents who have indicated a lack of confidence in their child’s education provision.  Additionally, children have increasingly been placed in specialist provision or special schools; with significant budgetary pressures exacerbated by the rising numbers and costs associated with independent sector placements. Over the last year the local authority has been reviewing the strategic approach to these challenges and the impact of a continuum of support and services to improve inclusivity in mainstream education settings.

 

Whilst the feedback to the surveys indicate a high level of satisfaction to the current service delivery model, there are some variations and inconsistencies across the county.  In addition, with growing number of pupils with more complex needs, settings and schools (particularly at secondary stage) feel they need more targeted and specialist support and training to be able to meet the additional needs of learners. This should lead to a reduction in the number of requests for EHC assessments, where the support needed is universally available. 

 

The above activities resulted in the need to publicly consult on the future proposals for the STLS offer to support mainstream early years settings and schools across the four dimensions of need as set out in the SEND Code of Practice. The Code of Practice is currently being review with expected publishing date in the first quarter of the new calendar year January/March 2022.

 

The STLS redesign is interdependent on the commissioning activities arising from the CATIE and the proposed High Needs Funding (HNF) review.  To accommodate any changes that may be necessitated later, flexibility will be built into the new SLAs to ensure a joined-up approach. These three elements combined provide the opportunity to consider a systemwide approach to allocate resources and support where they can have the greatest impact.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

Discounted options include:

·         Open market bids to deliver the service – whilst this option may result in savings, the focus of the STLS redesign has been to introduce greater consistency and equity

·         To bring the whole provision back in house.  Whilst this is the approach proposed for the countywide Sensory and PD STLS, it was discounted for the district offer.

 

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

This supports Outcome One of the Strategic Statement “Children and young people in Kent get the best start in life”

 

The Kent SEND Strategy 2021 – 2024 has been developed alongside the delivery of the Written Statement of Action and sets out how Kent will continue to improve the outcomes for children and young people into the future.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 09/02/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Christy Holden

Notice of decision: 11/01/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/01/2022 - 22/00004 - Advocacy Hub contract extension and permission to tender for new contract

Proposed Decision: 

Approve a flexible extension to the current Advocacy Services Contract for up to 12 months from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2023:  Undertake market engagement in partnership with CCG and Medway Council  to procure a new Advocacy Services Contract; and delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to take relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of entering into required contracts of other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the decision:

The Authority has statutory requirements to deliver independent advocacy under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 2007, Health and Social Care Act 2012, and Care Act 2014.  These duties are currently commissioned as an Advocacy hub, delivering a suite of services by the lead contract holder, The Advocacy People.

 

The contractual performance has been good during the life of the contract and there are no concerns around them or their ability to deliver a service.

 

The Advocacy Hub for Adults contract is due to expire on 31st March 2022. With all contract extensions exhausted, an additional extension was made under the March 2020 Procurement Policy Note (PPN 01/20) due to the COVID-19, outbreak. The intention was to commence with procurement of new Advocacy Services during March 2021.

 

However, a national lockdown remained in place with restrictions on movement, and impact on people’s capacity, and public service resource under pressure.  Virtual market engagement and public consultation was not ideal for the cohort of people that the contract is commissioned to support as it would likely have disadvantaged learning-disabled people in particular.

 

The national restrictions have also limited the exploration of potential service developments for positive actions, such as recruiting and developing the advocates who represent the population groups the service delivers for.  

 

With hindsight, the extension was requested and approved before the unprecedented nature, and duration of the pandemic could be fully appreciated.

 

The review of the contract highlighted that there were interdependencies with Mental Capacity Act (MCA) amendments, indicating that Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) services currently delivered under the Advocacy Hub contract, may be affected following the code of practice for Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) publication. The MCA amendments also indicate that while people subject to LPS will not have automatic rights to independent advocacy, a best interest decision may entitle people over 16, to this service. This may already be well aligned within the non-statutory community Advocacy service.

 

Bringing the assessment service delivered under the SEAMAS Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Contract, together with the Advocacy Hub Contract service was identified as a commissioning strategy to further develop a cohesive experience for people across Kent.

 

However, the ongoing delay to the publication of the LPS code of Practice has caused a knock-on delay for consultation with the market about this direction of travel. Presently, this strategy remains intended and has the support of Senior Management Team with commitment to begin procurement in Spring 2022 regardless of any further delay to LPS code of practice publication.

 

The Advocacy Hub contract annual budget for the provision of the statutory and community advocacy services is £1,519,400

 

Strategic Commissioning has considered several options with operational colleagues which were presented to Senior Management Team on 9 November 2021 with the preferred option of a Flexible Extension to current contract as is for a period of 18 months (to 30 September 2023) endorsed.

 

In light of Legal advice from Invicta Law a flexible extension of up to 12 months is now the preferred option and was supported by the Commissioning Advisory Group on the 13th December 2021.

 

A flexible extension and agreement to partnership approach to procurement would;

·      allow for implications, and the publication of the LPS code of practice to be more fully understood and planned for;

·      allow time for the most appropriate approach to market engagement and coproduction of future services;

·      shift the timing of the tender for future services, thereby avoiding more pressured periods on the market;

·      enable more comprehensive development of service specification for future procurement.

 

Flexibility around the ongoing commitments to the current services at this time will be built in with:

·   A three-month break clause or reserved right for earlier termination of the extended contracted services;

·   Reserved right to vary a contract for future commissioned services to incorporate and allow for the implementation of the LPS Code of Practice

 

Furthermore, Strategic Commissioning would use the extension period to more fully assess the implications outlined within the EqIA including the potential for any positive action with regard to recruitment and employment; and to challenge established assumptions. This particularly relates to disabled people and the emerging evidence from the neurodiversity movement outlined in the EqIA.

 

Community advocacy falls outside of the remit of our statutory advocacy duties; however, The Care Act suggests a need for community advocacy. 

 

The Advocacy contract will work together to improve everyone’s physical and mental health, supporting people to live well with quality local care when they need it.

 

Legal Implications:

The Authority has statutory duties to deliver advocacy services under the Mental Capacity Act (amended 2019), the Mental Health Act (2007), the Health and Social Care Act (2012) and the Care Act (2014), across all categories of need, including to young people in transition to adult services.

 

The 2019 Amendments to the Mental Capacity Act and the effect on the Advocacy services are not yet fully understood, due to the delay in the publication of the accompanying Code of Practice.

 

Legal advice received from Invicta Law supported a 12-month extension and they recommended that we begin the process to re-let this contract in early 2022.

 

The proposed 12 month extension is flexible, in order to reserve the right for earlier termination of the contract should the Code of Practice be published and the implications understood, thus informing and expediting the development of new services specification and procurement of services.

 

The extension is proposed in view of the remaining statutory obligations to deliver statutory services, regardless of whether they are contracted of not. In the absence of a contracted service, significant inconvenience, and duplication of costs to the Authority in managing spot purchased provision would likely occur. In addition, service users would likely experience inconsistent and fragmented delivery of Advocacy services.

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

Decision due date: Not before 05/02/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Xanten Brooker

Notice of decision: 06/01/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/01/2022 - 22/00003 - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Mental Health Assessments Contract Extension

Proposed decision:

Extend the current contract with South East Memory Assessment Services (SEMAS) for 12 months from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 by means of a Written Justification for Exemption from the Normal Contract Procedure and delegate 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 required contract or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Background:

The Mental Capacity Act 2019 introduced Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and was originally to come into force from 1 October 2020. During the pandemic Central Government announced that it would not be possible to meet the October deadline and decided that full implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards would be April 2022. At the time of the announcement, the view was the revised date would allow sufficient time, following publication of the final code to prepare for implementation. The required processes to implement for April 2022 have not been started, and it is expected to be a year from the point of consultation to implementation, and the consultation has not begun.

 

Under the current arrangements, a DoLS requires a mental health assessment, carried out by a mental health assessor.  The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) DoLS Regulations 2008 stipulate this must be a medical doctor experienced in mental health and are section 12 approved, therefore approved clinicians under the Mental Health Action 1983. Furthermore, the local authority is responsible for ensuring that sufficient mental health assessors are available. Capacity with a previous provider was limited – this was identified by a project group set up to clear a significant number of pending (backlog) cases. That group worked with Commissioning to source alternative provision for DoLS Mental Health Assessors, following due process which led to South East Memory Assessment Services (SEMAS) being awarded the contract in April 2016.The contract was expanded due to a key decision in May 2018 to purchase extra support to clear the DoLS backlog, this was called project DoLS. 

 

Since that time, the provider (SEMAS) has been able to provide the number of assessments the Kent DoLS team have requested to the standard required and within the appropriate timeframes. 

 

The contract with South East Memory Assessment Service is due to expire on 31 March 2022. Therefore, the proposal is to extend the current contract from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 by means of a Written Justification for Exemption from the Normal Contract Procedure, to allow the contract to continue to run whilst the legislation is implemented.

 

If the legislation consultation has not started in April 2022, the project team will look to re-let the contract post April 2023 with a break clause, allowing time for the release of the LPS legislation and the needs of the council to continue to use this service.

 

Legal Implications: This is being procured under Procurement Policy Note (PPN 01/20) was released in March 2020 setting out information and associated guidance on the public procurement regulations and responding to the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.

 

The regulation states that: in responding to COVID-19, contracting authorities may enter into contracts without competing or advertising the requirement so long as they are able to demonstrate the following tests have all been met:

1) There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency, eg: you need to respond to the COVID-19 consequences immediately because of public health risks, loss of existing provision at short notice, etc;

·         you are reacting to a current situation that is a genuine emergency - not planning for one.

2) The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable, eg:

·         the COVID-19 situation is so novel that the consequences are not something you should have predicted.

3) It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCRs, eg:

·         there is no time to run an accelerated procurement under the open or restricted procedures or competitive procedures with negotiation;

·         there is no time to place a call off contract under an existing commercial agreement such as a framework or dynamic purchasing system.

4) The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority, eg:

·         you have not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 05/02/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Maureen Stirrup

Notice of decision: 06/01/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/12/2021 - 21/00124 - Increasing the Cost of the Kent Travel Saver

Proposed decision –

 

To increase the cost of the standard Kent Travel Saver from £370 per academic year to £450 and to increase the cost of the low-income Kent Travel Saver from £120 per academic year to £150. 

 

These price increases to be effective from the opening of the 2022/23 academic year Kent Travel Saver application window, in early June 2022.

 

Reason for decision

 

The previous decision for determining the annual uplift for Kent Travel Saver passes caps any price uplift at 5% of gross cost of the scheme.  Due to the budget challenge facing the authority in 2022/23 and a need to increase income to the scheme, reduce cost, we need a price uplift for 2022/23 that would exceed the 5% cap.

 

Background

 

The Kent Travel Saver is a discretionary concessionary travel pass, for students in school years 7 to 11. For an annual fee, students can use the pass to travel between the hours of 06.00-19.00 Monday to Friday throughout the year. The fee can be paid in full or through a direct debit process.

 

The scheme provides reduced travel cost to the scheme user, compared to operator tickets.

A number of bus operators, who participate in the scheme, at their discretion and cost, provide additional evening/weekend travel at no cost to the user.

 

Since 2015, a cabinet decision has governed the increases in cost to the Kent Travel Saver and its predecessor the Young Persons Travel Pass.  Under this decision, the cost of the standard pass increased in line with operator fare increases and was capped at 5% of the gross cost of the scheme divided by the number of standard passes in circulation.

The budget challenge facing the authority in 2022/23 means that there is a need to reduce the cost of the scheme significantly, which means raising income more than operator inflation and more than 5% of the gross cost of the scheme.  This would raise an estimated £900k income.

 

All other elements of the scheme would remain as is.

 

Officers are tasked with developing a more financially sustainable alternative for 2023/24, to be reported on later.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 21/01/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Philip Lightowler

Notice of decision: 23/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/12/2021 - 21/00118 - Active Travel Capital Funding Grant update (Tranche 2)

Proposed decision

Approval to proceed with the Canterbury Active Travel Scheme to next stages of design and construction.

 

Reason

To inform Cabinet Committee Members of Council secured funding for the Active Travel Fund from the Department for Transport and seek approval to proceed to the next stages of design and construction for the Canterbury Scheme.

 

Background

The Department for Transport have awarded Kent County Council £6.098m for five named active travel schemes across the County.  One of these schemes has proceeded to construction stage (Hythe).  The Canterbury Scheme is at the construction stage. Analysis of the remaining three schemes; Folkestone, Gravesend, and Thanet, is underway. Outcomes and proposals will be reported to Cabinet Committee in March.

 

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

Delivery of Active Travel Schemes will directly support priority actions under the demand and environment challenges:

·         Demand - Work with local communities to promote access to safe places to walk and cycle as an alternative to travelling by car

·         Environment -  Homes and communities need to be well-connected, both to convenient transport networks and active travel.  The schemes support the delivery of reduced congestion and improving infrastructure and accessibility.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 21/01/2022

Lead officer: Mrs Nikola Floodgate

Notice of decision: 23/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


21/12/2021 - 21/00123 - Booking to visit a Household Waste Recycling Centre

Proposed decisions:

To continue to operate a booking system for customers to access all of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

 

For the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to keep progress of the booking system under continuous review and to inherit the main delegations via the Officer Scheme of Delegation to make any further operational changes to the booking system to maximise customer service.

 

Background:

After a period of temporary closure to adhere to the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, Kent County Council (KCC) re-opened the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) on 15 May 2020 and used a booking system to safely manage access.

 

Whilst the booking system was introduced to help manage demand at the HWRCs in response to social distancing and revised workplace rules, it has provided operational benefit and received positive customer feedback.

 

A public consultation was undertaken to gain views from the public and stakeholders on its future use. This exercise did not highlight any new information that would support a withdrawal of the booking system.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a risk to both operational staff and the public. The system allows demand to be safely managed irrespective of any Covid restrictions which also providing on-going operational benefit to the service.

 

Following its inception, the system has evolved and adapted to customer and operator/contractor feedback. The consultation has highlighted ‘on the day’ booking and further integration with other operational systems further modifications for the system to address.

 

These both seek to further enhance the customer experience and to make the service more efficient and effective.

 

Other options considered but rejected:

  1. Return to access to the HWRCs without the requirement to book
  2. Implement a hybrid booking system

 

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

The continued use of the HWRC booking system will meet the following priority actions:

  • Deliver a balanced budget and develop a sustainable medium-term financial plan
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and reduce cost
  • Develop a stronger evidence-based approach to managing demand
  • Deliver net-zero for Kent by 2050 and promote climate resilience

 

Financial Implications:

The contracted operators will be able to reduce overhead costs by £150k pa as the demand at the sites is better managed. These savings are included with in the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP); this saving is wholly associated with this policy proposal.

 

By operating the booking system in 20/21 there has been a change in public behaviour and communities seek to re-use items before planning a visit to sites. There has been less cross border usage and an increased use of skip hire.

Site operatives have had more time to assist customers in sorting and maximise levels of recycling. The public has made more use of the districts chargeable bulky collection services. This has reduced volumes of waste processed, whilst increasing recycling. A budget target was set within the current year to deliver efficiencies by the Waste Disposal Authority of £1.3m.

 

The cost of operating the current booking system is £21,000 per year including licence, software, set up and provider support. There was an additional cost of £25,000 to cover the increased calls to KCC’s Contact Centre to answer Waste Management enquires during the pandemic and take bookings for customers unable to do so online.

 

Costs associated with the roll-out of ‘on the day’ booking are modest, these are limited to some additional connectivity requirements at some HWRCs and additional tablet devices for sites, these will be funded using existing budgets.

 

Equalities implications:

An Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) was completed prior to the booking system being introduced in May 2020 and again before the consultation to ensure consideration was given to the impact of the system and the approach to consultation. The initial assessments indicated that any impact on users could be reasonably mitigated. Respondents were asked for any comments about the EqIA as part of the consultation questionnaire.

 

The EqIA was reviewed after the consultation to enable KCC to respond to any new issues that arose during the consultation and to ensure no groups were disadvantaged. In the initial screening, age, disability, and race were identified as being potentially impacted. The public consultation responses revealed some further low negative impacts to these protected characteristics and an additional impact for ‘pregnancy and maternity’ and ‘carer’s responsibilities’. These further potential impacts identified can be mitigated, including better advertising of the telephone booking service and the roll-out of the ability to be able to book ‘on the day’.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 19/01/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: David Beaver

Notice of decision: 21/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


21/12/2021 - 21/00122 - Disposal of former Wayfarers Care Home, St Barts Road, Sandwich, CT13 0AW

Proposed decision:

To agree to authorise the disposal of the former Wayfarers Care Home, St Barts Road, Sandwich, CT13 0AW 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:

Proposed property disposal in line with the Council’s statutory and fiduciary dutiesand over £1million which requires a key decision.

 

Background:

The freehold asset, Wayfarers Care Home, St Barts Road, Sandwich, CT13 0AW is a former 33-bed, single storey care home of c.14,000 sq ft built in 1983 on a site of about 1.15 acres. The building is currently being used by Kent County Council (KCC) for temporary furniture storage and other storage, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  KCC ceased operating the care home in 2017. The site also includes parking for 14 cars. There is a site plan at Appendix A.

 

This asset was declared surplus to KCC’s requirements and was subsequently identified for disposal. A comprehensive marketing exercise is on-going and the bidding process will be concluded in January 2022. Following which, a preferred bidder will be identified with the transaction progressed to enable the disposal of the site.

 

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

  • Securing a capital receipt to fund the capital programme as set out in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.
  • Streamline the Council’s property portfolio.
  • Achieve financial and efficiency benefits in line with appropriate policy.

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

Decision due date: Not before 19/01/2022

Division affected: Sandwich;

Lead officer: Alister Fawley, Simon Hocken

Notice of decision: 21/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Reports may contain commercially sensitive information, which will be contained in a separate report or exempt appendix, exempt from publication under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.


21/12/2021 - 21/00121 - Disposal of 50 Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, Maidstone, ME19 4AF

Proposed decision:

To agree to authorise the disposal of 50 Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, Maidstone, ME19 4AF 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:

Proposed property disposal in line with the Council’s statutory and fiduciary duties and over £1million which requires a key decision.

 

Background:

The freehold asset 50 Gibson Drive is a c.18,000 sq ft 2-storey building on a site of about 1.9 acres. This former laboratory/office building is currently being used by Kent County Council (KCC) for temporary furniture storage and other storage following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was last used as a laboratory and office building in 2016 when Sekisui Diagnostics (UK) Ltd (formerly Genzyme) terminated the lease.  The site also includes parking for 51 cars.

 

This asset was declared surplus to KCC’s requirements and was subsequently identified for disposal. A comprehensive marketing exercise has been undertaken and the bidding process will be concluded in January 2022. Following which a preferred bidder will be identified with the transaction progressed to enable the disposal of the site.

 

A decision is sought to approve the disposal of the site and to delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure to finalise the terms of the transaction and enable the disposal of the site.

 

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

  • Securing a capital receipt to fund the capital programme as set out in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.
  • Streamline the Council’s property portfolio.
  • Achieve financial and efficiency benefits in line with appropriate policy.

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

Decision due date: Not before 19/01/2022

Division affected: Malling Rural East;

Lead officer: Alister Fawley, Simon Hocken

Notice of decision: 21/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Reports may contain commercially sensitive information, which will be contained in a separate report or exempt appendix, exempt from publication under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.


21/12/2021 - 21/00120 - Further investment of Getting Building Funding (GBF) in third-party projects

Proposed decision:

As Leader of the Council, I agree that Kent County Council shall:

  • Agree that the Getting Building Funding (GBF) will be used to support the Kent-based third-party projects that are awarded GBF by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Accountability Board.
  • Act as the accountable body for third-party projects within Kent’s administrative boundaries that are selected by the SELEP to receive GBF grant funding.
  • Delegate to the Section 151 Officer the authority to sign on KCC’s behalf a grant agreement or equivalent, where this is required to draw down funds following business case approval.

 

Reason & Background:

In 2020, the Government made a call to Local Enterprise Partnerships for shovel-ready schemes that were able to spend in the next 18 months, as a way to stimulate economic recovery and help mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has had on employment levels.

 

The Government subsequently awarded £85m of Getting Building Funding (GBF) to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), with which SELEP has funded thirty-six projects from across East Sussex, Kent, Medway, Thurrock, Southend and Essex.

 

On 19th November 2021, the SELEP Accountability Board removed one of East Sussex’s GBF projects from the programme. This meant £3.5m of GBF became available to be reallocated to alternative projects on SELEP’s GBF reserve project pipeline.

 

The SELEP Accountability Board decided to award the £1.4m of this reallocated GBF to the Amelia Scott project (in Tunbridge Wells) at its November meeting. A key decision is required by Kent County Council now to allow the transfer of this GBF funding from SELEP to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, via Kent County Council.

 

Techfort Ltd were advised following the SELEP Accountability Board that £1.009m of GBF is now provisionally ring-fenced for their Techfort project in Dover. In order to formally secure this funding, Techfort Ltd must submit a full business case for the SELEP Accountability Board’s consideration at their next meeting in February 2022. If the SELEP Accountability Board chooses to award funding to Techfort Ltd at that meeting, a Kent County Council key decision will be required so Kent County Council can enter the necessary grant funding agreements with SELEP Ltd, Essex County Council, and Techfort Ltd.

 

How the proposed decision meets KCC’s policy objectives:

The GBF investment will help Kent County Council to deliver against its objectives within Strategic Plan that was endorsed by County Council 0n 10 December 2020. Specifically, the capital grant investment will help deliver against these priority actions to help address the economic challenge:

·         Work with our partners to deliver essential support for local businesses

·         Promote Kent’s key business sectors and visitor economy and promote confidence among visitors and residents that our county is ‘open’ within Government guidelines

·         Work with partners to enable the necessary physical, social and cultural infrastructure to make Kent an attractive place to live, work and invest in.

·         Work with partners to support and reimagine Kent’s high streets and town centres as economic, social and cultural centres.

·         Explore opportunities to maximise investment in building retrofit programmes, supporting the local retrofit industry

·         Develop a pipeline of ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects to act as a catalyst for the construction industry.

 

Financial & Legal Implications:

SELEP requires Kent County Council to enter into a grant agreement with Essex County Council (which is SELEP’s accountable body) for all schemes awarded GBF by SELEP within KCC’s administrative boundary. The grant agreements give Kent County Council the legal and financial responsibility for ensuring the proper use and administration of the funding in accordance with the terms and conditions. For all third-party projects (such as The Amelia Scott and Techfort), a back-to-back grant agreement between Kent County Council and the third-party project promoter would then be signed.

 

The value of the capital grant agreements is as follows:

 

Project Title

GBF ask

Amelia Scott 

£1,400,000

Techfort

£1,009,000

 

If Kent County Council chooses to not enter into a grant agreement for the GBF projects selected by the SELEP Strategic Board, the GBF funding could be either (i) retained by central government or (ii) reallocated to other projects by the SELEP Strategic Board.

 

The Government has specified that the GBF must be spent by 31 March 2022 or there is a potential that the funding will be clawed back. Appropriate project management oversight is being directed to the GBF projects to minimise this risk.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision due date: Not before 19/01/2022

Division affected: Dover Town; Tunbridge Wells South;

Lead officer: Sarah Nurden, Christopher Seamark

Notice of decision: 21/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


14/12/2021 - 21/00116 - Publication and Introduction of Initial "shell" Enhanced Partnership for Kent

Proposed Decision

To publish and bring into effect Kent’s initial Enhanced Partnerships from 1st April 2022, subject to consultation with statutory consultees and two operator objection periods.

 

Background

In March 2021 the Government published a National Bus Strategy (NBS) for England, setting out its aspirations for bus services across the country and three specific requirements for Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and bus operators requiring delivery at pace:

 

·    To commit in principle to the introduction of Enhanced Partnerships (EPs) by 1st July 2021.

 

·    To publish and submit to DfT a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) by the end of October 2021

 

·    To Implement the EP – consisting of an EP Plan and supporting EP Schemes by April 2022.

 

Failure to meet the above deadlines potentially jeopardises significant new and existing funding streams.

 

In response, following executive decisions by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, on 28th June 2021 KCC published its stated intent to enter into negotiations with bus operators to form an EP for Kent and on 29th October 2021 KCC published and submitted the first version of its BSIP to the DfT. Kent’s BSIP sets out a bold vision for bus services and related infrastructure for the county in line with the aspirations of the NBS and requires significant funding from central Government to deliver.

 

In order to meet the third deadline, it is now the intention of the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport to make a further executive decision.

 

At the time of producing this decision document, there has been no announcement on the funding allocation that Kent will receive to support the NBS process and related EPs. Due to the statutory processes involved with introducing an EP, including a statutory consultation period and two potential 28-day operator objection periods, it is therefore not possible to introduce a “full” EP, taking account of Kent’s funding allocation and related commitments from April 2022. As such it is proposed to introduce a “shell” EP agreement from this date, setting out commitments from both parties in a no funding scenario. Commitments and funding investment within the “shell” schemes will then be subject to variation through a bespoke variation method between KCC and bus operators once Kent’s funding allocation is known and formal governance has been undertaken to agree on how funding will be prioritised.

 

Options

The NBS 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 this third part of the process (EP publication / introduction). The latter course of action would put funding from the Government’s BSOG and BRG schemes at risk, taking some £7 million of annual funding out of Kent’s bus network.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 14/01/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 14/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/12/2021 - 21/00091 - Making a Difference Every Day: Our Strategy for Adult Social Care in Kent, 2022 - 2027

Proposed decision: To adopt the Making a Difference Every Day Our Strategy for Adult Social Care in Kent 2022 to 2027; delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to refresh and/or make revisions as appropriate during the lifetime of the strategy and

delegate 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 required contract or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the objectives of the Strategy.

 

Reason for the decision: The existing Strategy comes to an end in December 2021 and it is recognised that there is a need to set a new strategic direction for Adult Social Care which better responds to the changing expectations of the people we support and the operating environment. This Strategy sets out the vision and ambitions for how adult social care plans to make changes, working with the people we support, their carers and our partners to develop our new Strategy as the bedrock for turning these ambitions into reality. Our person-focused vision and Strategy summarises how we plan to make changes over the coming years to put the person first, improve all the time and measure what matters.

 

Therefore, it is important to set a renewed strategic direction for Adult Social Care, so that staff can understand the value and reasons for continuous improvement in Kent, based on the lasting principles of Practice, Innovation and Meaningful Measures. The Strategy will help adult social care to move away from a process-driven approach to being a more personal and accessible ‘new ways of working model’ for the people we support, and by improving their experience of adult social care and the wider system and will provide the right environment for many people within the directorate with fantastic ideas, and the opportunity to put them into practice.

 

It will also help us to demonstrate our renewed commitment to addressing equality, diversity and inclusion issues in both our practice and in decision making.

 

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 16/11/2021 in order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimumof 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Michael Thomas-Sam

Notice of decision: 18/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


08/12/2021 - 21/00111 - East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Service Contract Extension

The East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Service was commissioned in 2017. The contract was awarded to the Forward Trust and commenced on 1 May 2017 with an end date of 31 March 2022. This contract has allowable extensions contained within the contract for a further 36 months. The intention is to extend the contract by 24 months to align all adult drug and alcohol contracts to end in March 2024. This will give the Council maximum flexibility and opportunity to re-commission in a way that will effectively support Kent residents in the future. Commissioners plan to procure all the contracts as one exercise which will allow for economies of scale and shared engagement with all the market.

 

 

Reason for the decision:

The East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Service contract is due to end on 31 March 2022. Commissioners have undertaken a formal contract review of the service to determine whether KCC should extend the contract (as per the contract clause) or go through a new procurement exercise. Key findings from the contract review are outlined below along with the recommendation to extend the contract.

As with many commissioned social care and health services at present, there is difficulty in recruitment to vacant roles in drug and alcohol services, both clinical and non-clinical. Maximising stability is therefore favoured in any decision that is made on these services.

 

Background on the East Kent Drug and Alcohol Service Review:

Since May 2017, The Forward Trust have delivered the East Kent Drug and Alcohol Service. The contract started in May 2017 and was for a period of five years to the end of March 2022, with the agreed option to extend for up to a further three years.

The service contributes directly to the KCC Interim Strategic plan (published December 2020) by supporting older and vulnerable adults to maintain a good quality of life and contributing to children having the best start in life. The service also contributes towards improving public health outcomes, reducing health inequalities, and minimising harm caused by drugs and alcohol in East Kent.

 

The Forward Trust and Commissioners continually work together to improve the service and such work has included service re-design, performance improvement plans, and undertaking pilot initiatives. However, improvements can still be made in order to ensure the service thrives and offers the best support for those most in need.

 

Given the good performance of the current contract and the potential for disruption to vulnerable individuals by making unnecessary changes, it is recommended that the extension to the contract is enacted for 24 of the allowable 36 months. If the contract was not extended and went out to procurement, the increasing cost pressures coupled with significant workforce recruitment issues across the sector may make bidding for the contract unappealing to providers, which may result in KCC undertaking a costly process, with few resulting options for alternative provision.

 

The impact of the recent Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak also supports an extension to the service as PHE guidance until recently stated that “Re-commissioning and re-tendering of standard services will likely need to be put on hold for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic ”. This guidance was withdrawn on the 19 July 2021 after being in place for over a year. It is recognised that during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity sector (in which Forward Trust sits) faces extremely demanding and ever-changing challenges.

 

How the proposed decision meets the objectives of the Council’s Strategic Plan – December 2020:

 

At the time they were commissioned the service was expected to contribute to KCC’s strategic outcomes at the time including:

 

  • Every child has the best start in life;
  • Kent communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in-work, healthy, and
  •  enjoying a good quality of life and older and vulnerable residents are safe and supported with choices to live independently.

 

In a post-Covid environment the Council’s Strategic Plan continues to focus upon support for people who are vulnerable and who are in need, and the continued delivery of this service into 2024 maintains the delivery of this service to vulnerable adults living in East Kent.

 

Data Protection implications:

General Data Protection Regulations are part of current service documentation for the contract and there is a Schedule of Processing, Personal Data and Data Subjects confirming who is data controller/ processor. There is also an existing DPIA relating to the data that is shared between KCC, the provider and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (previously named Public Health England) and the services.

 

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

Decision due date: 20/01/2022

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


08/12/2021 - 21/00110 - Community Based Wellbeing Services and Carers' Short Breaks Contracts

Proposed Decision:

 

Direct award a year contract until 31 March 2023 for the provision of Carers’ Short Breaks;

 

Award contracts for the provision of Community Based Wellbeing Services funded by Kent County Council for a period of three years with the option to extend for further periods of up to two years, and Dementia Coordinator Services funded by the NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group for a period of two years; and

 

Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to take other relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of and entering into required contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

Adult Social Care has historic grant arrangements in place with voluntary and community sector providers across the county. These grants provide a contribution towards the costs of services that support older people, people living with dementia, people with a physical disability and people with sensory impairments.

 

There are issues related to use of historic grant arrangements including an inconsistency in the type of support and services funded across the county, lack of correlation between spend and demographic factors, limitations in the ability to monitor the performance of services and therefore to understand the impact that services have on people.

 

A phased procurement process was undertaken in 2020 to award three contracts to replace the historic grant arrangements. The three contracts in Phase 1 were awarded in December 2020. The nine contracts in Phases 2 and 3 to be awarded are:

 

·  Older Peoples’ Wellbeing Services in Ashford, Canterbury & Swale

·  Older Peoples’ Wellbeing Services in Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley

·  Specialist Support in the Community for People with a Physical Disability

·  Post Diagnostic Support in the Community for People with Dementia and their Families in West Kent

·  Post Diagnostic Support in the Community for People with Dementia and their Families in East Kent

·  Post Diagnostic Support in the Community for People with Dementia and their Families in North Kent

·  Dementia Coordinator Service in West Kent (procured on behalf of NHS Kent & Medway CCG)

·  Dementia Coordinator Service in East Kent (procured on behalf of NHS Kent & Medway CCG)

·  Dementia Coordinator Service in North Kent (procured on behalf of NHS Kent & Medway CCG)

 

The direct award of the contract for Carers’ Short Breaks will provide continued support for Carers across Kent while the new Kent Adult Carers strategy is developed and the procurement process for a new contract, which will align to the new strategy, is undertaken.

 

This decision supports KCC’s Strategic Statement through supporting key providers that deliver services to older and vulnerable residents that will ensure they are safe and supported with choices to live independently.  This decision relates to the proposal within the Strategic Delivery Plan of moving organisations from grants to contracts.

 

This decision supports the Strategic Reset programme by implementing Asset Based Commissioning.

 

The contracts will enable the Council to meet its duties under the Care Act 2014 by promoting wellbeing for individuals and their Carers, through the provision of information and advice that enables people to make choices about their care, by preventing or delaying people deteriorating to the point where they require health or social care support and through supporting market sustainability.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 04/01/2022

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Sharon Dene

Notice of decision: 08/12/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


18/11/2021 - 21/00102 - Residential Care Contracts for People with LDPD and MH Needs

Proposed decision

Award new contracts for the provision of Residential Care for people with a Learning Disability, Physical Disability and people with Mental Health needs to the successful bidders identified following a procurement process and delegate authority to the Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health to take other relevant actions, including but not limited to entering into and finalising the terms of relevant contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Reason for the decision

Contracts for Residential Care Home Services for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and People with Mental Health Needs were awarded under decision number 18/0003, however provision was not made in that decision to allow new services to join the contract

 

Care homes form part of the services to meet statutory requirement for provision of services across Kent for People with a Learning Disability, People with a Physical Disability and People with Mental Health Needs. This provision relates to Strategic Outcome 2 and 3.

 

          Focus on improving lives by ensuring that every penny spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities, and businesses

          Older and vulnerable residents are safe and supported with choices to live independently

          Those with long term conditions are supported to manage their conditions through access to good quality care and support

 

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 17/12/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 18/11/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


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.


29/10/2021 - 21/00068 - Implementing a new Facilities Management Model

Proposed decision:

 

  1. TheDeputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to agree to the adoption and implementation of a new Facilities Management Model, with one Hard FM services contract and series of Soft Services Contracts.

 

  1. To delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services, to finalise, agree, award and enter into contracts following the procurement process to deliver the new Facilities Management (FM) Model.

 

Background

 

The current Total Facilities Management (TFM) contracts with Skanska (West and East Kent) and Amey (Mid Kent) expire in October 2022. The contracts have been in place since October 2014 and have been extended by an additional one year from the initial term of seven years (five years with a two-year extension), to give a total term of eight years.

Options

KCC needs to procure these services to ensure that the Council can continue to safely occupy its buildings after October 2022. Other delivery options have been considered which include:

·    Continuing with a TFM model split by geographic area.

·    Different combinations of disaggregated contracts.

·    Insourcing the provision.

These options have been explored and discussed in detail at the Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee, who endorsed the procurement of the proposed option to appoint a Hard Facilities Services provider and a series of Soft Services Facilities Management Providers.

The proposed decision will support the objectives of “Setting the Course – the Authority’s Interim Strategic Plan” from December 2020. It will do this by ensuring that the facilities management service:

 

·      Supports services who provide accommodation for vulnerable children and adults.

·      Maximises the opportunities for local businesses to provide services to Kent County Council by use of evaluation criteria that include social value.

·      Provides a suitable working environment for staff delivering front line services to enable them to focus on delivering services to the residents of Kent.

 

The new facilities management model will include the following contracts:

 

·         Hard Services - one countywide provider for maintenance and helpdesk services for schools and corporate estate (all property across the Council is held as part of the Corporate Landlord).

·         Catering - one countywide provider for catering, hospitality, water coolers and vending for corporate estate and two countywide providers for catering for schools.

·         Security - one or more countywide provider(s) for manned guarding, key holdings, patrols and vacant sites.

·         Cleaning and Feminine Hygiene - one countywide provider for schools and corporate estate.

·         Waste - one countywide provider for corporate estate and schools.

·         Pest Control - one countywide provider for corporate landlord.

·         Soft Landscaping - one countywide provider for Corporate Landlord.

 

The new contracts will start in November 2022, to align with the commencement of the Hard FM Services Contract. The procurement programmes will vary dependent upon the procurement route. The mobilisation periods are dependent on the complexity of the service but will generally start between May and August 2022.

 

Financial Implications

 

Benchmarking and soft market testing have been carried out as part of the re-procurement process. This external assessment has highlighted that the current TFM contracts benchmarked well below market average costs.

 

It should be noted that the soft market testing for the estate as it currently stands, has indicated that tender costs are likely to be in excess of the current level of spending and therefore there will be a requirement for management actions to contain the costs, such as reducing the specification and/or the number of properties within the estate.

 

There is a recognition that KCC’s requirements are likely to change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequential estate requirements could potentially, partially mitigate any change in costs. The new contracts are structured so that they can better reflect changes in occupation over time giving greater agility and flexibility.

 

Current spend via the Total Facilities Management services are circ. £16m per annum revenue and an average of £2.5m per annum capital. This spend will be disaggregated as the new service model is put into place and redistributed between the client function and the hard and soft contracts. The cost of the change in service provision has been included in the Medium-Term Financial Plan.

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

Decision due date: Not before 29/11/2021

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of decision: 29/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that 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