12/12/2018 - 18/00065 - SAN Replacement Programme

The current infrastructure to support the hardware, is end of life and is very costly to run and maintain on an annual basis. Support and maintenance cannot be secured when the current agreement comes to an end as parts are obsolete. Whilst the Council could proceed without support and maintenance this is integral to supporting KCC’s ICT services and there would be a significant business risk to the Council if this was to fail.

 

Proposed decision – The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Democratic Services authorises the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services to award the contract(s) for the implementation of the storage replacement solution including the necessary contractual negotiations and enter into any subsequent necessary legal agreements.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 20/12/2018 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Mark Garbett

Notice of decision: 20/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/12/2018 - 18/00064 - A28 Thanet - Road Asset Renewal and Strengthening Works

During last year’s Capital bidding round, Highways, Transportation and Waste submitted a bid for £31m to fund the resolution of 177 unfunded highway maintenance issues.  This bid was separate to maintenance backlogs reported in Kent County Council’s Asset Management Strategy documents.  The £31m bid related to a range of sites and issues that highway teams had identified had failed or will fail and which represented a significant safety or other risk to the business and are therefore being monitored.  Funding of £7.52m for the highest priority 27 sites (high risk issues requiring intervention in the very short term) was approved and included in the capital budget, £3.495m for four sites in 2018/19, £2.925m for thirteen sites in 2019/20 and £1.1m for ten sites in 2020/21.

 

The £2.925m allocated for 2019/20 includes £2.5m for the major renewal and strengthening of the A28 in Thanet, principally the section between Birchington and Margate, and that is the subject of this key decision.

 

The A28 is an ‘Other Strategic’ road in our highway maintenance hierarchy.  It also forms part of our Resilient Highway Network, the portion of our 5,400-mile road network that is considered to be absolutely vital to maintaining economic activity and access to key services during extreme weather emergencies and other major incidents.  It is also likely to form part of the new Major Road Network that the Department for Transport has recently consulted on.  (The MRN will be a new category of road between Highway England’s Strategic Road Network and Local Authorities’ local roads and this is being set up to put these important roads on a similar investment/improvement planning footing as motorways and trunk roads from 2021/22. Local Authorities will continue to be responsible for maintaining these roads and any funding streams are unlikely to be used for maintenance save major structural renewal.)  This road is also a key link between the channel ports and Manston in respect of interim lorry parking arrangements. In short, this road is vital to the economy of East Kent.

 

As part of our regular mechanical condition surveys and safety inspections, we have identified that the existing road surface on the A28 between Birchington and Margate is nearing the end of its serviceable life.  There are also signs of structural weakness in places. Most of these serious defects are not obvious to untrained eyes that tend to focus on pothole formation.

 

The main risk if left untreated is that the road surface will quickly deteriorate and need regular and numerous pothole repairs. In our professional judgement, we are very close to that eventuality now, and if allowed to occur would have a significant negative effect on the local economy as this is the only main road link into north Thanet from the west.

 

The road surface needs to be renewed throughout and, in some places, deeper strengthening repairs will be needed.  We plan to deliver these works from April 2019 to avoid the summer holiday season.  There are no commissioning implications relating to this decision as these works will be delivered under our recently awarded Road Asset Renewal Contract with Eurovia.  There are also no planning or compulsory purchase aspects to this work.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

Decision due date: Not before 19/12/2018 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: Alan Casson

Notice of decision: 20/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


03/12/2018 - 18/00068 - Managing Highways Infrastructure in Kent

To adopt and publish documents concerning highways asset management and our implementation of Well-managed Highway Infrastructure, to maximise Incentive Fund resource and continue to be well placed to defend claims.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

Decision due date: Not before 17/01/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Alan Casson, David Latham

Notice of decision: 03/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


03/12/2018 - 18/00067 - Rates Payable and Charges Levied for Adult Social Care Services 2019/2020

This proposed decision revises the rates payable and charges levied. It will enable the Council to raise funding, as required by Parliament, to help meet the cost of providing social care services to the people of Kent.

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

Decision due date: Not before 07/01/2019 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: Michelle Goldsmith

Notice of decision: 03/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


15/11/2018 - 18/00062 - Proposed changes to Specialist provision in Maidstone and Malling

Proposed Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member is asked to consider and endorse the recommendations to:

 

  1. increase the designated number of places offered at Five Acre Wood School from 330 to 465 places (including Satellite and Nursery provision) from 15 March 2019.
  2. expand the Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland ME6 5HS from 70 to 150 students aged 11-19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 15 March 2019.
  3. establish a Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Palace Wood Primary School, Ash Grove, Allington, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0AB for 30 students aged 4-11 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 01 September 2019.
  4. establish a Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) within the school for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) at East Borough Primary School.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 14/12/2018 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Maidstone Central; Maidstone North East; Maidstone South; Malling North;

Lead officer: Jared Nehra

Notice of decision: 15/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/10/2018 - 18/00058 - Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2019-23

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent (KCP) is a five year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out how Kent discharges its statutory responsibility, as the Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision, to provide sufficient Early Years, SEND, Primary and Secondary places and to ensure that there are appropriate learning pathways for pupils at Post 16.  It is also our responsibility to ensure that we have enough places in the right locations, to meet the demands of increased pupil numbers and parental preferences.  It reflects the fact that the Local Authority’s role has changed to being the commissioner, as well as continuing to be a provider, of education provision. 

 

Data from the Office for National Statics (ONS) and the Health Authority suggest that births across the County, which have fluctuated in recent years, rose slightly in 2016-17.  The numbers of families with primary and secondary aged pupils migrating into the County continue to be greater than the numbers moving out, with a net increase in the year ending June 2017 of 1,575 pupils at primary age and 862 at secondary. The housing identified in District/Borough core plans or their variants suggest there is provision for up to 55,000 new homes across the period 2017-18 to 2022-23. These factors require increases in the provision of school places (particularly at the secondary school phase) in the coming years. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: Not before 14/01/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements, and to allow for Cabinet Committee consideration.

Lead officer: Keith Abbott

Notice of decision: 19/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/07/2018 - 18/00047 - Proposal to establish a 16 place Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) from September 2019 at St John's CE Primary School, Canterbury

As Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, subject to no objections being received to the public notice, I propose to:

 

(i)      Issue a public notice to establish a 16 place Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) from September 2019.

 

(ii)     Establish a 16 place Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

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

Decision due date: Not before 28/08/2018 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Canterbury City North;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 31/07/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/01/2018 - 17/00135 - Pitch Allocation Policy for Gypsy and Traveller Service Change

To revise and update Kent County Council’s (KCC) Gypsy and Traveller Service Allocations Policy and to the introduction of a service charge which will be subject to an  annual increase in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) for all plots on KCC managed sites, which will be used to maintain and support reasonable living standards for site residents.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 18/07/2018 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead officer: Palminder Sandher

Notice of decision: 09/01/2018

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


20/09/2017 - 17/00084 - (Phase 2) A274 Sutton Road, Maidstone at its junction with Willington Street

The Willington Street Junction Improvement Scheme is to help reduce congestion on the Sutton Road corridor on the A274 strategic route. Public engagement on the revised scheme layout will be carried out during August 2017, a report will be presented to advise the feedback and potential amendments including any related mitigation measures.

 

The scheme supports policy objectives of supporting existing businesses and encouraging economic activity with housing growth and job creation by reducing congestion and improving infrastructure and accessibility.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste

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

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

Lead officer: Russell Boorman

Notice of decision: 20/09/2017

Anticipated restriction: Open


14/11/2016 - 16/00120 Sub National Transport Board for the South-East

KCC Membership of a shadow Sub- National Transport Body for the South East known as Transport for the South East (TfSE)

 

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act makes provision for the establishment and constitution of Sub-National Transport Bodies (SNTBs) for any area in England (outside of Greater London. An SNTB can prepare a Transport Strategy for an area which would set out proposals for the promotion and encouragement of safe, sustainable, integrated, efficient and economic strategic transport facilities and services to and from the area of the SNTB.

 

The South East Seven (SE7) Councils (Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey County Councils, and Brighton & Hove City Council and Medway Council) and the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that represent the area have discussed the establishment of an SNTB for the South East, to be called Transport for the South East (TfSE). A TfSE on this geographic scale would fulfil the DfT’s minimum geographic size requirements.  Discussions will shortly commence with Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight  and the Solent LEP about joining TfSE. 

 

The proposed TfSE would enables authorities to influence national and regional infrastructure providers, helping to secure the infrastructure required to support continuing economic growth. A TfSE would see Government, South East Transport Authorities and/or Combined Authorities and LEPs working together with Highways England, Network Rail and port, airport and bus operators. TfSE would require strategic transport providers to take account of its priorities.

 

TfSE would provide a mechanism for the area to speak with a strong, common voice on transport infrastructure and provide a single platform for strategic transport and infrastructure issues, giving partners greater, and potentially direct, influence over decisions that are currently made elsewhere. Its key outcome will be the development of a single, strategic transport infrastructure framework which would align the investment programmes from key agencies, such as Highways England, Network Rail and the LEPs.

 

Options

·         Do nothing and not engage in the development of the SNTB for the Southeast.

·         Set up the SNTB for Kent and Medway, but this would not be supported by DfT

·         Engage in the development of the Shadow SNTB Board and Transport Strategy for the Southeast

 

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

 

The cornerstone of TfSE is the Transport Strategy. It will build upon existing Local Transport Plans, including Kent’s Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth without Gridlock, currently out to consultation, and evidence already in place amongst the constituent Authorities, including the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plans and growth and infrastructure frameworks/studies being undertaken by a number of upper-tier Authorities, including the Kent and Medway Growth and Infrastructure Framework.  In this way, the decision would support the Council’s second strategic outcome, “Communities benefit from economic growth by being in work, healthy and enjoying a good quality of life.”

 

Financial Implications

It is estimated that appropriate support for developing the shadow SNTB and the overarching Transport Strategy would total £200,000 of which KCC‘s contribution is £20,000.

 

Legal Implications

There are no direct legal implications of the recommendations in this report, although should an TfSE SNTB be established by the Secretary of the State following the work set out in this report, then there would be legal implications arising from the establishment of the SNTB which itself would be a body corporate. 

 

Equalities implications  

There are no equality implications to establish the Shadow TfSE 

Decision Maker: Leader and Cabinet Member for Health Reform

Decision due date: Not before 01/06/2017 to allow 28 days publication on the Forward Executive Decision List

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Katie Stewart

Notice of decision: 02/11/2016

Anticipated restriction: Open


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


25/01/2014 - Local Transport Plan 4 (now incorporating Growth Without Gridlock refresh)

PROPOSED DECISION: To approve the LTP4 including Growth without Gridlock.

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Latest Update:

The LTP4 (inc. Growth Without Gridlock) consultation has received a high number of responses.  In order to properly analyse and report on findings the due date for decision has been moved to 13 July 2017.

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19/05/2014 - Decision due date changed from 10/02/2014 to 17/09/2014. 

 

REASON: The strategic position relating to Highways and Transportation projects was set out as part of the LEP Strategic Economic Plan submitted via KMEP and the LEP to the Secretary of State at the end of March 2014, you can view the decision to submit and the document submitted here, https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=577

 

Central Government is expected to announce a funding allocation in July 2014.  Based on these allocations the final selection and prioritisation of projects for inclusion in Growth without Gridlock will take place and the strategy as completed can be adopted by decision of the Cabinet Member.

 

The decision date has been updated to 'not before' 17 September 2014 in order that the draft strategy can be considered by the relevant Cabinet Committee before any decision is taken.

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Decision Maker: County Council

Decision due date: 13/07/2017 In order that statutory publication requirements have been completed

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Katie Pettitt

Notice of decision: 13/01/2014

Anticipated restriction: Open