30/06/2020 - 20/00062 - Kent County Council adoption of the Kent & Medway Energy & Low Emission Strategy (sub-Strategy of the Kent Environment Strategy)

Proposed Decisions:

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment is asked to approve the Strategy for adoption and implementation, working in partnership with all Local Authorities in Kent & Medway, utilising the existing Kent Environment Strategy delivery framework.

 

Background:

 

The purpose of the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy is to identify an evidence-based pathway to deliver clean growth and specifically strategies and actions to eliminate poor air quality, reduce fuel poverty and deliver an affordable, clean and secure energy supply for Kent and Medway. The Strategy includes the commitment to meet the UK Government’s target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 for the county.

 

Options:

 

1.    Do nothing and continue action under Kent Environment Strategy (KES) - the last iteration of the KES in 2006 identified the need to conduct more in-depth research to inform and develop a Low Emissions Strategy. This to address emissions in addition to carbon dioxide, which cause poor air quality and harms health, which was of growing political and public concern. 

 

2.    Develop a separate Energy Strategy and a Low Emissions Strategy – this was the initial plan until it was realised that many of the key actions to deliver both strategies were the same.

 

3.    Develop a combined Energy & Low Emissions Strategy – this option demonstrates the interlinking nature of actions required to address climate change emissions, air pollution, energy security and the opportunities for greater partnership activity.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 29/07/2020 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: Carolyn McKenzie

Notice of decision: 30/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


30/06/2020 - 20/00065 - Manston Green - Junction Improvement

Proposed decision

 

As Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, I give approval for the County Council to enter into legal agreements, as necessary, with Thanet District Council for the County Council to act as the delivery partner for the Infrastructure Works associated with the Manston Green Junction Improvement project. The approval shall include the following:

 

i)            Approval to enter into legal agreements with Thanet District Council to undertake the delivery of the Infrastructure Works at no cost or risk to the County Council.

 

ii)            Approval for KCC officers to project manage, input into the delivery and supervision of the project, with the cost of all staff and consultant time being recoverable against the project funding.

 

iii)           Approval to undertake the detailed design and surveys for the project. This work will be undertaken by appointing a consultant through the KCC professional Services Framework Contract.

 

iv)           Approval to acquire the land and rights for carrying out the construction and maintenance of the Manston Green project. All land is being provided at NIL cost to the project by the development company with an option on the land

 

v)            Approval to progress all statutory approvals and consents required for the scheme including, drainage and environmental consents and stopping up orders.

 

vi)           Approval to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the scheme subject to the approval of the Capital Officer Group to the recommended procurement strategy.

 

vii)          Approval for any further decisions required to allow the scheme to proceed through to delivery to be taken by the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport under the Officer Scheme of Delegations following prior consultation with the Cabinet Member.

 

Background:

 

The proposed highway infrastructure, will support and enable the Manston Green development, delivering 785 new dwellings and a primary school, to come forward. It is also a key part of the Thanet Transport Strategy, which seeks to serve the development of 17,140 units within the emerging Local Plan and reduce pressure on the existing network. Therefore, the infrastructure would indirectly assist in the delivery of housing across the district, but particularly assisting in relieving traffic on the Haine Road corridor that serves the Eurokent housing site (410 units), Westwood Village (900 units) and existing Westwood Cross development (1000 units). To improve the viability of the development, TDC made the funding bid, which was approved in December 2019, subject to concluding pre-contract and pre-drawdown conditions, which TDC are currently progressing to conclude prior to the end of July 2020. The funding is required to be spent by end of March 2023 and based on the current programme, completion is expected during Summer/Autumn 2022.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

Alternative options for the proposed infrastructure are restricted due to the land constraints, and alignment and layout of the existing highway. Planning for the infrastructure layout was agreed as part of the planning consent for the wider Manston Green development.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 29/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Barry Stiff

Notice of decision: 30/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


30/06/2020 - 20/00064 - Local Growth Fund & Developer Funded Scheme - A2/A251 Junction Improvement Scheme

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport is asked to give approval to take the A2/A251 junction improvement scheme through the next stages of development and delivery.

 

Specifically, to:

 

i)              give approval to enter into the Local Growth Fund funding agreement subject to the approval of the Corporate Director of Finance & Procurement

ii)             give approval to progress all statutory approvals or consents required for the scheme;

iii)           give approval to progress with the necessary land acquisitions required to deliver the scheme;

iv)           give approval to carry out consultation on the scheme;

v)            give approval to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the scheme

 

I also agree to delegate authority to Corporate Director of GET, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Finance & Procurement, to enter into relevant legal agreements and take other actions necessary to implement this decision.

 

Background:

 

In the original Growth Deal announcement in July 2014; KCC secured £4.8m for the delivery of the Kent Strategic Congestion Management Programme (KSCMP) in order to deliver schemes throughout the County to reduce the impact of increasing vehicular traffic. 

 

The A2/A251 junction improvement scheme is proposed to be brought forwards as part of the KSCMP and a business case for the remaining £500k of the £4.8m programme is due to be considered by SELEP Accountability Board on 3rd July 2020.

 

The A2/A251 priority junction provides the primary access for Faversham and eastern Swale to the strategic road network. The junction caters for significant volumes of traffic and is currently operating over capacity in peak periods with serious levels of congestion and delay. This is a constraint to key strategic housing allocations in the Faversham area and to the economic wellbeing of the town.

 

The proposed scheme replaces the existing priority junction arrangement with a new signalised junction, which will include a controlled pedestrian crossing across the A2 eastern arm.

 

There is £900k of match funding secured for the scheme through S106 agreements.  A Kent Lane Rental bid is also being prepared which if successful will provide a further £300k towards the scheme delivery.  Any delay to the S106 funding coming forwards can be offset using existing Local Transport Plan funding.

 

A key decision is required to allow KCC to progress with the next stages of scheme delivery; including negotiations with Kent Fire and Rescue Service and The Abbey School regarding small areas of land required to deliver the scheme, pursuing the Utility works and entering into a construction contract. This is required prior to the LGF business case sign off to ensure that the £500k LGF contribution can be spent within the Growth Deal period (prior to March 2021).

 

Options:

 

The A2/A251 junction improvement proposed has emerged from a process of option sifting and review. A number of studies have taken place to consider potential options for the junctions at A2/A251 Ashford Road/Preston Grove and A2/B2041 The Mall with the objective of improving traffic flow to reduce queues and delays.

 

The options assessed included traffic signals and different roundabout arrangements, designed within the existing highway limits except for a small area of land within KCC’s ownership.

 

Initial options were presented for public consultation in April and May 2014 and the results reported to Swale JTB in June 2014. The junction layouts within the existing highway boundary were found to not offer a significant increase in highway capacity. Further options were developed which would require additional land within control of KCC, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Abbey School.

 

Consequently, four options, all of which include a requirement for land outside the highway boundary, were selected for further consideration.

 

The options assessed included:

 

        Option 2b: An elongated roundabout with partial signal control at the A2/B2041 The Mall;

        Option 3: Signalisation of the A2/A251 Ashford Road and A2/The Mall;

        Option 5: Roundabout at the A2/A251junction; and

        Option 6: Roundabout at the A2/A251junction and signalisation of the right turn from the A2 to B2041 The Mall.

 

The 4 options were assessed based on key issues including traffic capacity, traffic queueing, pedestrian crossing provision, traffic ‘U’ turning, land take required, estimated cost and programme and a preferred option identified.

 

A variation on Option 3 was selected to be taken forward as the preferred scheme. This option includes a signal-controlled arrangement for the junction of the A2 and A251 Ashford Road. Access to Preston Road is maintained while egress is possible via give way control for traffic heading east on the A2.

 

In addition two lanes are provided for each signal-controlled approach to the junction for approximately 50 metres before reverting to a single lane carriageway. A pedestrian crossing is also provided across the A2 Canterbury Road eastern arm. The existing priority junction layout at the A2/B2041 The Mall junction is retained in its current form.

 

The Preferred Option was found to provide improvement in junction capacity and to perform better in terms of land take, cost and the avoidance of traffic making U turns.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 29/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Division affected: Faversham;

Lead officer: Tim Read

Notice of decision: 30/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/06/2020 - 20/00055 - Disposal of Land South of Four Elms Sevenoaks

Background

 

Subsequent to the previous disposal to the NHS trust for the construction of a medical hub, KCC is to dispose of the remaining balance of its Land South of Four Elms, Sevenoaks. The disposal is by way of Collaboration Agreement with the neighbouring landowner to jointly seek planning consent for residential-led redevelopment, promote, market and sell a combined site in pursuance of best value to a third party.

 

Proposed decision

 

In respect of Kent County Council owned land South of Four Elms in Sevenoaks to agree to authorise:

 

1.       the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services, to enter into a Collaboration Agreement with the neighbouring landowner to promote, market and dispose of the site.

 

2.       the Director of Infrastructure to enter into the necessary contractual and land agreements required to implement 1 above.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 07/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Sevenoaks Rural South;

Notice of decision: 19/05/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


25/06/2020 - 20/00067 - Infection Control Fund - wider social care market support

 

Background –

 

On 14 May, the government wrote to Local Authorities announcing that £600 million will be issued to councils to support care providers through a new Infection Control Fund. This is to be received in two instalments: 50% in late May and 50% in July.  The government has required that 75% of this funding is for direct passporting to homes that have met the conditions outlined in the grant. There is more discretion over how the remaining 25% of the grant can be spent.

 

In a Q & A document issued by government on 8th June, further clarification was given as to the areas on which the 25% of the grant can spent.

 

“Local authorities may use 25% of the Grant on other Covid-19 infection control measures, including payments to domiciliary care providers or wider workforce measures. These wider measures could include, for example, additional financial support for the purchase of personal protective equipment by providers or by the local authority directly (although not for costs already incurred) or measures the local authority could put in place to boost the resilience and supply of the adult social care workforce in their area in order to support effective infection control.”

 

  DHSC Infection Control Fund Question and Answer

 

The proposals will be developed in co-production with social care providers to ensure that they will meet the needs of the market.

 

Reason for the decision -

 

Under Decision 20/00061 Infection Control Fund, KCC accepted an £18.88m grant from government.  75% of this was passported to care homes in accordance with direction from government but with the requirement that KCC take on accountability and responsibility for management of the funding.

 

25% of this funding (£4.72) must now be deployed on other infection control measures as determined by KCC.  As part of the previous key decision, it was agreed that:

 

the Corporate Director for Adult Social Care will develop proposals on how to allocate the remaining 25% (£4.72m) of the Infection Control Fund grant, in line with the terms of  the grant, to support the whole care market (including homecare, supported living and those on direct payments) with wider resilience in relation to COVID-19 Infection Control.

 

This proposed decision is necessary to progress with delivering this allocation of the £4.72m.

 

In recognition of the challenging situation for providers, KCC is moving at pace to develop the detailed proposals with providers via co-production.  These will be considered by the Cabinet Member and included when further formal decision notices are issued.

 

Proposed decision –

 

To approve the spending proposals relating to the 25% (£4.72m) of the Infection Control Fund grant allocated to the Council for infection control measures across the wider social care market.

 

The proposed arrangements will remain subject to the terms of use included within KCC’s acceptance of the grant conditionsvia Decision 20/00061.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 24/07/2020 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: Clare Maynard

Notice of decision: 25/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


25/06/2020 - 20/00063 - Reinvestment of Growing Places Fund

Proposed decision:

 

·    Note the projects in Kent that the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Board has prioritised to receive Growing Places Funding (GPF)

 

·   Act as the accountable body for projects within Kent’s geographical boundaries that are selected by the SELEP to receive GPF loan funding.

 

·   Delegate to the Section 151 the authority to sign on KCC’s behalf a loan agreement or equivalent, where this is required to draw down funds following business case approval.

 

 

Background:

 

In 2019, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) announced the release of a further tranche of the Growing Places Fund (known as GPF). GPF is a revolving capital loan scheme, and it funds capital infrastructure projects that support job creation, housing delivery, and wider economic growth.

 

SELEP has now received £12m in repayments from existing GPF schemes, and this loan funding is now available to reallocate to new projects. SELEP asked its local federated boards (including the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership) to select prospective projects for the SELEP Strategic Board to consider at their meeting on 12 June 2020. At this meeting, the SELEP Strategic Board chose five Kent projects to be added to its SELEP pipeline of projects to receive GPF as repayments become available, subject to final approval of the business case being granted by the SELEP Accountability Board.

 

SELEP asks Kent County Council to enter into a loan agreement with Essex County Council (which is SELEP’s accountable body) for all schemes awarded GPF by SELEP within KCC’s administrative boundary, whether the projects are Kent County Council projects, or alternatively projects promoted by a third party (e.g. a private sector business). If Kent County Council is not the promoter of a project within its administrative boundary, Kent County Council is asked to enter a back-to-back loan agreement with the third party.

 

This key decision is therefore required to enable loan agreements to be entered into, so that funding may be secured for the Kent projects from the fifth tranche of Growing Places Funding.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded):

 

If Kent County Council were to choose to not enter into a loan agreement for the GPF projects selected by the SELEP Strategic Board, the GPF funding would be reallocated to the other projects that are being promoted by the other federated boards represent East Sussex, Essex, Southend and Thurrock. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: 29/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Division affected: Herne Village & Sturry; Malling Central;

Lead officer: Sarah Nurden

Notice of decision: 25/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/06/2020 - 20/00060 - Adjustments to the Kent Test and Secondary Co-ordinated Admissions scheme as a result of COVID-19 restrictions

Proposed decision –

 

Delay the Kent Test assessment until 15 October (17 October for out-county applicants) to allow children additional time to settle once they return to school; and

Increase the number permitted school preferences as part of the Secondary Common Application process from 4 to 6 for this year only.

 

 

Background

 

The Kent Test is an essential element of KCC’s co-ordinated admissions process, assessing children’s eligibility to apply for any of Kent’s Grammar schools. It is defined within all Kent Grammar school admission arrangements as the method for identifying eligible candidates, even where grammar schools also offer their own selection test. KCC therefore has a legal responsibility to provide an assessment method:

 

o   for the Kent Grammar schools for which it is the Admissions Authority (Dover Grammar School for Girls, Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys), and

o   for Kent’s “own admission authority” grammar schools who also make use of the Kent Test. 

 

The Kent Test is currently timetabled for 10 September 2020.  The latest announcement by the Secretary of State for Education is that Government is no longer expecting all Primary aged pupils to have some time in school before the close of the current academic year.  The wider reopening of schools in England is now being planned for the beginning of September.  There remains the potential for the reintroduction of Covid-19 related restrictions which could further impact on the return to school of pupils and our ability to operate the Kent Test.  KCC must also consider what impact an extended interruption to classroom teaching will have on those learners, ensuring that the assessment process remains as fair as possible within current limitations.

 

 

The proposed delay will allow KCC to take appropriate steps to ensure that the Kent Test can be delivered in the safest way possible, with sufficient social distancing controls in place, but also accounting for the unexpected educational environment that Year 5 pupils will have experienced in the lead up to taking part in the Kent Test.

 

The proposed delay will also provide an opportunity for all students to take part in school-based learning before undertaking the Kent Test, while still ensuring that the wider co-ordinated admissions timeline can be implemented to ensure that school offers are made on 1 March 2021.

 

To account for the fact that, on this occasion, parents would not have their child’s test result by the National Closing Date for admission applications, the proposed increase to the number of permitted school preferences will enable parents who are uncertain of their child’s eligibility for a grammar school to name up to two without reducing the number of non-selective schools on their application. Parents who are not considering a grammar school for their child will also have six preferences to ensure fairness across the co-ordinated process.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Implications

 

KCC, in accordance with statutory requirements, determined its co-ordinated admissions scheme for 2021 intake into Secondary schools on 22 January 2020, which defined the process for entry into secondary schools including the Kent Test. This includes the dates by which parts of the process will happen, including the Kent Test.  These proposals change relevant aspects of that determined scheme.

 

KCC is obliged to ensure a process remains available to identify children who are eligible for a place in Kent Grammar schools. 

 

The School Admissions Code (2014) requires selective admission authorities to take all reasonable steps to provide applicants with the result of any assessment before National Closing Date for Secondary Admissions applications (31 October 2020). KCC’s original determined scheme provided applicants their results on 15 October 2020. Proposals will result in test outcomes being delayed until late November.  As this proposed decision is developed further, KCC continues to engage with the DfE on relevant considerations for balancing the need to comply with existing legal obligations and statutory requirements with the particular challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, which need to be resolved to deliver an outcome that minimises negative impacts on parents and children.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 20/07/2020

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: David Adams

Notice of decision: 19/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/06/2020 - 20/00059 - West & Mid Kent Dry Recyclables Processing Contracts Lots 1 & 2 and the Contract for the Processing of Wood Waste 2010 - 2015 (2020) - Request for approval to extend the Contracts.

Proposed Decision:

 

To provide authority to the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport to extend:

 

      the West & Mid Kent Dry Recyclables Processing Contracts Lots 1 & 2 (SS15105); and

 

      the Contract for the Processing of Wood Waste 2010 – 2015 (2020) (09/23).

 

 

 

Background:

 

KCC Waste Management are looking to extend the following two contracts for further 12 month periods under the Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19 which states that where there is an urgent requirement for goods, services or works due to or responding to the impact of COVID-19, procurement is permissible under Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCRs) using regulation 32(2)(C):

 

 

      West & Mid Kent Dry Recyclable Processing Contracts Lots 1 & 2 (ref. SS15105) with Viridor Waste Management Limited, for the processing of household recyclable materials that are collected kerbside from seven Waste Collection Authorities within Kent: Maidstone, Swale, Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks, Ashford and Tonbridge & Malling. The Contract commenced 4th July 2016 and following the extension periods specified within the Contracts are due to end 3rd July 2020. KCC Waste Management is looking to extend these Contracts to 3rd July 2021 with the agreement of Viridor Waste Management Limited.

 

      Contract for the Processing & Recycling of Wood Waste 2020 (09/23) with Countrystyle Recycling Limited had an initial term of 5 years with an option to extend for a further 5 years which was invoked. The original contract commenced 4th October 2010 and following the extension period is due to end 14th November 2020. KCC Waste Management are looking to extend the Contract to 14th November 2021 with the agreement of Countrystyle at a reduced gate fee.

 

Original Records of Decision expire the cessation of the original contracts, as such a new decision needs to be made. Expected expenditure remains within budget on both contracts.

 

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

 

There are two options as follows:

 

1.         Do nothing – the current contracts will elapse with no arrangement in place.

 

2.         Extend the existing arrangements under the current contracts’ terms and conditions to fulfil the Statutory duty of KCC operating under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to dispose of collected municipal waste.

 

The 2nd option is necessary due to the existing contracts being satisfactory and performing well and to allow KCC time to undertake full Procurements of both waste materials to ensure that the best outcomes are reached for Kent residents, whilst dealing with the Challenges and pressures due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 15/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: David Beaver

Notice of decision: 16/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


10/06/2020 - 20/00058 - Local Growth Fund Round 3b Third Party Scheme - M2 Junction 5 Improvement Scheme

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport is asked to give approval to progress the M2 Junction 5 Improvement scheme, via KCC’s Local Growth Fund arrangements, allowing it to progress to the stages of development and delivery.

 

Specifically:

-          to confirm that KCC will act as the accountable body for the project;

-          to enter into a funding agreement for the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and KCC contributions to the scheme; and

-          to enter into legal agreements with the relevant third party delivering the scheme to transfer the conditions of the LGF spend and project management to them

 

Also, to agree to delegate authority to Corporate Director of GET, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Finance & Procurement, to enter into relevant legal agreements and take other actions necessary to implement this decision.

 

Background:

 

In the Growth Deal announcements in July 2014 (Round One), January 2015 (Round Two) and February 2017 (Round Three), the Government allocated £570 million from the Local Growth Fund to capital projects across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area.

 

In total, through the three rounds, £128m Local Growth Fund was allocated towards the delivery of 25 Highways and Transportation projects and 6 non-transport projects in Kent.

 

As the end of the Growth Deal (March 2021) approaches, several projects throughout the SELEP region have experienced difficulty with delivery.  This has resulted in projects having their LGF allocations removed and to date £33.396m of funding has been returned to SELEP for reallocation to projects which have demonstrated deliverability by March 2021. 

 

Through this process, an allocation has been made available for the M2 junction 5 improvement scheme.  This scheme will be delivered by Highways England and KCC will transfer the LGF on to the third party for the delivery of the scheme.

 

It has been agreed with Government that SELEP and therefore Kent County Council will receive Local Growth Fund in quarterly instalments in advance in accordance with the scheme spending profiles, subject to completion of a Business Case for each project and the approval of the project by SELEP Accountability Board.

 

A legal agreement has been prepared between KCC and Highways England which will transfer all the LGF spend and project management responsibility on to them. This includes updating Kent County Council monthly on project progress and spend; as well as completing the post scheme monitoring required by SELEP.

 

The scheme will be delivered in line with the current governance arrangements under the Local Growth Fund (KCC and SELEP). Therefore, it will carry out necessary consultation and equality impact assessments as part of the scheme progression.

 

The business case for the M2 junction 5 scheme was approved at SELEP Accountability Board on 14th February 2020.

 

The M2 Junction 5 scheme is subject to a Public Inquiry which has been delayed due to the Covid-19 emergency.  It is likely that the Public Inquiry will now be considered in August 2020.  In order to demonstrate that the full funding package is in place; Highways England need to have sealed legal agreements available to show the LGF and KCC contributions towards the scheme delivery.

 

Before the legal agreement can be sealed for the scheme; a key decision is required.  The LGF cannot be spent until the Key Decision is in place.

 

No funding will be transferred to Highways England until the result of the Public Inquiry is announced; and it can be demonstrated that the project will proceed to delivery.

 

Options

 

The options considered for the M2 Junction 5 Improvement Scheme are set out in the business case document which can be accessed here:

 

M2 Junction 5 (pages 13-15)

https://www.southeastlep.com/app/uploads/2019/07/M2-J5-LGF-Business-Case-redacted.pdf

 

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

 

The scheme particularly addresses Strategic Outcome 2 “Kent communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life”. The improvement scheme will increase the capacity at the already constrained M2 junction 5; reducing journey times to assist Kent’s residents to reach employment, education and leisure activities.  The junction is one of the top 50 national casualty locations on England’s major A roads and motorways; and the scheme will improve the safety for residents and visitors to Kent.  The infrastructure will also unlock housing sites in Swale to generate economic growth within the area.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 07/07/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Maidstone Rural East; Swale East; Swale West;

Lead officer: Tim Read

Notice of decision: 10/06/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


05/05/2020 - 20/00047 - Proposal to establish two 16 place Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) for ASD in Thanet District at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery and Holy Trinity and St John's CE Primary schools from January 2021

Background: Around 3% of the total school population for which the Local Authority is responsible for have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).The number of pupils in the Thanet District with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in January 2019 was 1,369. This was an increase of 12.8% from 2018. This was higher than the national increase of 11%. As at January 2019, 4.8% 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. The establishment of SRPs attached to mainstream schools is part of the continuum of provision to enable pupils to be included within mainstream settings.

A number of students with an EHCP require 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 we maintain a range of Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) which are based in mainstream schools with places reserved for students with an EHCP.

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains the most common primary need type with 40% of children and young people aged 0-25 years having an EHCP with this primary need identified. This is significantly higher than the national figure of 29%

 

Currently there are no SRPs in the Thant district for primary aged children for ASD.

 

Options: Options regarding the establishment of SRPs has been fully investigated with the SEN team and Garlinge Primary School & Nursery and Holy Trinity and St Johns Primary School were considered to be the best options to create an SRP for ASD for 16 children at each school.  Both school’s governing bodies are fully in support of the proposals and creating two provisions will enable choice for parents in Thanet with a child who requires additional support from an SRP provision.

 

Proposed decision: The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to:

 

(i)            Issue two public notices to establish two 16 place Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery and Holy Trinity and St John’s CE Primary School from January 2021.

 

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

 

(ii)          Establish two 16 place Specialist Resourced Provisions (SRPs) for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Garlinge Primary School & Nursery and Holy Trinity and St John’s CE Primary School from January 2021.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 03/06/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Birchington & Rural; Margate;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 05/05/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/03/2020 - 20/00028 - A20 Hall Road Junction Improvement

Proposed decision:

 

Approval to take the highway improvement through development and delivery including authority to progress any statutory orders and to enter into funding, land and construction contracts.

 

Background:

 

  • The scheme involves the removal of the existing signalisation and provision of an elongated roundabout at the crossroads junction of A20 London Road with Hall Road and Mills Road.
  • The A20 is a key route into Maidstone and to M20 J5 from the west.  Mills Road serves the Quarry Wood industrial and retail estate that serves over eighty firms including a supermarket.  The existing junction is at capacity with regular congestion at peak periods and it will come under increasing pressure from committed and future developments in the area.  Although the junction is located within Tonbridge & Malling Borough area the scheme is complementary to the proposed Maidstone Integrated Transport Programme of schemes.
  • The objective of the scheme is to improve the efficiency of the junction and provide additional capacity together with dedicated signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and rationalised bus layby locations.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Decision due date: Not before 21/04/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to statutory requirements

Lead officer: Russell Boorman

Notice of decision: 23/03/2020

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


06/01/2020 - 20/00010 - Transport for South East (TfSE) - Proposal to Government

Proposed decision

 

As Leader of the Council, in accordance with Section 19.2 of the Council’s Constitution, I agree to:

 

  1. Consent to Transport for the South East’s Proposal to Government for powers in addition to the general powers of a Sub-national Transport Body and endorse the Transport Strategy for the South East as part of this proposal.
  2. Participate in, and cooperate with, Transport for the South East in accordance with the powers requested from Government and those powers operating concurrently with Kent County Council as Highway Authority and Local Transport Authority.

 

And delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment and Transport, in consultation with the Leader and Monitoring Officer, to enter into relevant legal agreements and take other appropriate actions as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Background

 

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 amended the Local Transport Act 2008 to allow the creation of Sub-national Transport Bodies (STBs). There are now several shadow STBs in England, with Transport for the North becoming the only statutory STB in April 2018.

 

The South East 7 (SE7 – Kent, Medway, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove) councils proposed the establishment of an STB for the South East. From this, Transport for the South East (TfSE) emerged, which is now a partnership of 16 Local Transport Authorities and five Local Enterprise Partnerships. In addition to the SE7, TfSE includes Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, and the Berkshire unitary authorities represented by the Berkshire Local Transport Body (West Berkshire, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough).

 

TfSE has sought to formalise its role as the South East’s voice for strategic transport issues by becoming a statutory body. To do this, TfSE has worked with its members to develop a Proposal to Government. This draft proposal was consulted on from May to July 2019. KCC provided a response to the consultation, supporting the powers TfSE proposed. Some of these were supported only conditionally provided that the principle of subsidiarity is applied (i.e. powers are used at the most local level). This was in relation to highways and transport functions that constituent members already hold but TfSE wants to enact concurrently.

 

Transport for the South East have since revised their Proposal to Government taking account of the comments they received in the consultation. The revised Proposal includes the application of the principle of subsidiarity.

 

TfSE has also consulted on its draft Transport Strategy for the South East (October 2019 – January 2020). KCC responded positively to this consultation to support the overall aims and aspirations of TfSE. The development of a Transport Strategy is one of the central functions of a STB, and the Department for Transport awarded TfSE funding (in addition to funding from the constituent authorities) to produce one. The Transport Strategy for the South East is being revised now that the public consultation has closed.

 

TfSE plan to submit the revised Proposal to Government and the Transport Strategy for the South East to the Department for Transport concurrently. This is to present a unified vision for the region alongside the request for powers to achieve it, with the consent of constituent bodies.

 

Strategic Statement

 

Transport for the South East is emerging as an important advocate of improved transport in the region, and its own aims closely match the objectives of the Strategic Statement. The vision for the Transport Strategy for the South East is:

 

By 2050, the South East of England will be a leading global region for net-zero carbon, sustainable economic growth where integrated transport, digital and energy networks have delivered a step-change in connectivity and environmental quality.

 

A high-quality. reliable, safe and accessible transport network will offer seamless door-to-door journeys enabling our businesses to compete and trade more effectively in the global marketplace and giving our residents and visitors the highest quality of life.

 

Thus, TfSE is fundamentally focused on improving lives, sustainable economic growth, and supporting all people to make informed transport decisions and have a range of transport choices so that they can benefit from improved quality of life. Consequently, TfSE has the potential to positively contribute towards all of the supporting outcomes identified in the Strategic Statement.

 

 

Options

 

Kent County Council is one of the founding bodies of Transport for the South East. As such, the only other option would be to decline to endorse the Proposal to Government and rescind support for TfSE. This would restrict KCC’s opportunities to progress transport schemes for investment and isolate the county from wider regional discussions about transport in the future. It could potentially see the Council’s influence in lobbying for schemes on the Strategic Road Network and railway network diluted because KCC would be a small area alone, hence not in alignment with the move to regional prioritisation that the Government has promoted to date.

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision due date: Not before 04/02/2020 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: Katie Pettitt

Notice of decision: 06/01/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


20/12/2019 - 20/00009 - Proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 210 places to 300 places from September 2021

Background:

 

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.

 

It is forecast that there will be significant short and medium-term pressure for additional Year 7 places in the West Kent Selective Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2019/20 and in later years.  The planning group includes all Grammar schools in the districts of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tonbridge Wells.

 

In 2012, Kent County Council agreed to identify and pursue options to increase Grammar provision in that area.

 

Therefore, KCC has asked Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys to provide additional places for local children by expanding the school onto a satellite in Sevenoaks district.

 

Proposed Decision:

 

Proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 210 places to 300 places, facilitated by the establishment of a satellite of the school on the Wildernesse site in Sevenoaks, from September 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 03/02/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Sevenoaks Town;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 20/12/2019

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


29/10/2019 - 19/00083 - Proposal to Expand Gravesend Grammar School from 174 places to 210 places in September 2021

Background:

 

Kent 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 the 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

 

KCC forecasts indicate a growing demand for Year 7 places in Gravesham from the start of the 2019-20 academic year.  The Gravesend and Longfield Selective Planning Group is forecast to have a deficit of 36 Year 7 places (1FE) from 2019-20 that increases to a deficit of 62 places (2FE) for the 2021-22 intake and increases again to 99 places (3.3FE) by 2023/24.

 

Gravesend Grammar School has a Published Admission Number of 174, but has in the past, offered extra places through appeals.

 

KCC proposed an expansion of the school to take the PAN to 210 (7FE).  The school currently has a permanent infrastructure that can accommodate a PAN of 150.  There is a temporary two storey block on site that offers additional accommodation, facilitating the extra 24 places.  To expand Gravesend Grammar School, KCC are proposing the removal of the temporary block and building a new block at the school, together with other infill and enhancement work to social spaces.  This work would be completed before the September 2021 intake.  This build would enable the school to offer 210 Year 7 places for September 2021.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to expand Gravesend Grammar School, Church Walk, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2PR increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 174 places to 210 places from September 2021.

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: Gravesend East;

Lead officer: Ian Watts

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


03/09/2019 - 19/00058 - Strategic Acquisition & Disposal, Maidstone East

Proposed decision:

 

To consider the Maidstone East redevelopment and the next steps in the delivery of the comprehensive development of the site and delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services, the Corporate Director for Finance and the Cabinet Member for Finance to finalise terms and enter into the necessary documentation to complete the transactions in line with the Councils Decision.

 

Background:

 

In July 2016 KCC and MBC entered into a Collaboration Agreement and jointly acquired a strategically located site at Maidstone East with the long term objective to assemble adjacent land and facilitate the viable delivery of a high quality “Gateway” development in line with pre-agreed objectives to primarily improve this part of the County Town.

 

The proposed Decision will consider the next steps in the delivery of a comprehensive development on the site. Following the completion of the due diligence the decision report will set out the options in relation to the next steps for consideration by the Leader, the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services and the Cabinet Member for Finance following which a decision will be taken.

 

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 02/10/2019 In order for the proposed decision to be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Simon Dodd

Notice of decision: 03/09/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The purchase/sale consideration and other financial information of a commercially sensitive nature will be contained in a separate report, exempt from publication under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972


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