12/11/2019 - 19/00076 - CYP Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service

This decision follows on from decision number 18/00071 to end the current Section 76 agreement and establish a new agreement which reflects KCC as the commissioning lead for the KCC elements of the CYPMHS service.

 

In 2017, KCC jointly commissioned the CYPMHS with the local NHS. KCC invested £2.65m into the NHS contract via a Section 76 agreement. The new service has resulted in a significantly different clinical model, a large restructure and upskilling of the workforce and the implementation of a new data management system. However, demand for the specialist and targeted interventions have been significantly higher than expected and this impacted on the initial stages of the service transformation. A greater capacity has been allocated to the management of this demand and associated high waiting lists, particularly those across the neurodevelopmental pathway. Significantly this has impacted upon the delivery of the Local Authority funded services particularly the early intervention elements of the contract.

 

Whilst CCGs are now seeing improvements in the performance of the overall service, it has been apparent that some of the KCC funded elements are not achieving the desired outcomes.   These challenges have included; significant underperformance in relation to numbers of young people receiving a service through the Early Help pathway and Kent Health Needs Education Service; lack of available performance data and dispute in relation to payment for the contract.

 

KCC remains committed to working in partnership with the NHS to manage the challenges and improve the contracting arrangements. Progress has been reported back to SCB and CYPE Cabinet Committee and a full options appraisal will be presented to CYPE Cabinet Committee on 15 November 2019.

 

The recommended option is to split the KCC investment in the contract as follows:

 

·   £1.217m retained in the current contract for the LAC Priority Assessments and Harmful Sexual Behaviour interventions. These elements of the service require clinical interventions and oversight. Changes to the Section 76 agreement will enhance the oversight that KCC has on the performance of these services.

 

·   £1.2m refocussed through a range of evidence-based and resilience-focuses interventions.

 

·   Reduce the funding for the Kent Health Needs Education Service from the current £240k arrangement to ensure a focused approach to meet the needs of the school.

 

Other options considered were:

 

  • Business as Usual - Retain the current service model and continue to work with the NHS to improve the contracting arrangements

 

  • Recommission a new service - Withdraw KCC’s investment in the contract and re-commission a new service

 

  • Align KCC Early Help workforce to the current contract and invest the funding within KCC provision

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Decision due date: Not before 20/11/2019 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: Karen Sharp

Notice of decision: 08/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/11/2019 - 19/00072 - Oakwood Development

Proposed decision:

 

To authorise to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services to progress with the Oakwood House Development as set out in the exempt report which will go to the Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee meeting on 8th November 2019.

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

Decision due date: Not before 29/11/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Maidstone Central;

Lead officer: James Sanderson

Notice of decision: 01/11/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


29/10/2019 - 19/00085 - Thanet Parkway Railway Station - Scheme Delivery

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet to agree to the progression and delivery of the Thanet Parkway Railway Station project, which will entail, among other processes, the following key activities;

 

a)         undertaking detailed design; and subject to planning approval;

b)         completing acquisition of the land; and

c)         entering into contracts as necessary for construction.

 

And;

 

agree to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, to take appropriate actions necessary to implement this decision, including but not limited to, deciding the preferred procurement route and entering in relevant contracts or other legal agreements.

 

 

Background

A previous Key Decision was taken by the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport on 1 August 2014 (14/00056) which approved the delivery of Thanet Parkway Station in the location to the west of Cliffsend, involving:

 

a)    Commencing land acquisition work;

b)    Undertaking public consultations to support the project development process; and

c)    Undertaking project development work to enable the submission of a planning application and design work for the scheme.

 

The feasibility design for the scheme received Approval in Principle (equivalent to Network Rail’s ‘Governance in Railway Investment Projects Stage 3’ [GRIP 3] status) in August 2017. Following that milestone, the scheme was progressed through outline design (GRIP 4) and planning application was submitted in May 2018.

 

Comments received during the planning process regarding the visual impact of the scheme led to changes in the scheme design. As a result, the design work and planning application documents have been amended and are being readied for a resubmission of the planning application in November 2019.

 

Negotiations for land acquisition have been ongoing with the intention to enter into a contract following this decision approval.

 

A decision is required to proceed with the delivery of the scheme in order to meet the project delivery programme.

 

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

 

A full options analysis has been carried out as part of the scheme business case (Appendix 1). Below is a summary of the options considered as alternatives to delivering Thanet Parkway.

 

Option

Outcome

1

Do nothing

rejected as it would fail to accommodate increasing demand for rail travel, accelerate the delivery of housing and fail to improve access to jobs and employment space.

2

Increase car parking provision at Ramsgate Station

shortlisted for further investigation but rejected due to the lack of land in the residential area around the station.

3

Increase car parking provision at Minster Station

rejected due to unsuitable local highway network, impact on Minster village and poorer rail service at Minster.

4

Shuttle bus from the Birchington-On-Sea Station

rejected due to unattractive journey times and lack of rail access to Ashford, Canterbury and Maidstone.

5

Direct coach service from London

rejected due to long journey times and low impact on economic growth.

6

Shuttle bus from Ramsgate Station

rejected due to lack of suitable terminus at Ramsgate and low impact on economic growth.

 

 

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

 

Since 2010, Thanet Parkway has been a key strategic transport priority for Kent County Council, with the ambition to deliver the station first mentioned in Growth without Gridlock (December 2010), the third Local Transport Plan (2011-2016), the Rail Action Plan for Kent (April 2011) and most recently in Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth without Gridlock (2016 – 2031) (LTP4). The delivery of the station continues to be of significant importance to the County Council and is a strategic priority in LTP4 because of its ability to improve rail connectivity between East Kent, other Kent towns and London; to improve the attractiveness of the area to employers and thereby address the historic economic disadvantage of East Kent.

 

The delivery of the station will help meet the overarching objective of LTP4:

To deliver safe and effective transport, ensuring that all Kent’s communities and businesses benefit, the environment is enhanced, and economic growth is supported.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

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: Birchington & Rural; Ramsgate;

Lead officer: Stewart Fowler

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

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


29/10/2019 - 19/00082 - Proposal to make prescribed alterations to St Nicholas (Community Special) School from September 2020

Background Information:

St Nicholas (Community) Special School is a day provision providing for 268 boys and girls aged 4 to 19 with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN). Currently St Nicholas has a designated number of 285. In addition to the main building at Holme Oak Close, the school currently operates primary satellite provisions at Chartham Primary School and Canterbury Primary School. St Nicholas School also has secondary satellite provision at Spires Academy and an informal arrangement at the Whitstable School, as well as with Canterbury College for post 16 students. The satellites provide St Nicholas students with opportunities for integration at a mainstream school. The new satellites will provide additional opportunities and choice for integration for both primary and secondary pupils.

 

Proposed decision: The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes toissue a public notice to:

 

a)    establish an 8-place primary satellite of St Nicholas (Community Special) School at St Johns Primary School, Canterbury; and

 

b)    establish a 32-place secondary satellite of St Nicholas (Community Special) at Canterbury Academy, Canterbury.

 

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: Canterbury City North; Canterbury City South;

Lead officer: Marisa White

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/10/2019 - 19/00081 - Kings Hill School - Alteration of lower age range to enable establishment of a nursery class

Background Information:

 

Kings Hill School currently provides early years education for children who turn five when in the Reception class. Analysis by KCC Early Years relating to the sufficiency of nursery places in the local area indicates that there is a deficit of 80 nursery spaces in Kings Hill.  Pressure for early year places has increased as additional houses have been built at Kings Hill and the demand is set to continue to increase as the 635 homes in ‘Phase 3’ are occupied. There is also a similar pressure for nursery places in the neighbouring area, with sufficiency data indicating a 106 space deficit in West Malling.  This total 186 space deficit commonly necessitates parents traveling further afield to access nursery provision.

 

In both September 2013 and 2014 the school offered 90 Reception places (three classes) rather than its usual 60; these ‘bulge years’ were to ensure a sufficient number of Reception places were available.  The school was provided with two additional classrooms to accommodate these larger year groups. The classes will be leaving over the next two years (currently in Years 5 and 6).  Therefore, two additional classrooms will become available; one in September 2020 and one in September 2021, resulting in an overall loss of 60 pupils.

 

The nursery will initially provide 30 spaces in September 2020 that will increase to a maximum of 45 in 2021. Therefore, even with the establishment of the nursery, the school’s roll will decrease over a two-year period from 480 to a maximum of 465; a decrease of 15 pupils.

 

There are various local private early years care providers who have long waiting lists and do not have the capacity to expand.  KCC is also working with another local primary school on a proposal to establish nursery provision.

 

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 (2015 2020)’.

 

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills proposes to:

 

  • alter the lower the age range from 4-11 years to 2-11 years;
  • to enable the school to establish a nursery class 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: Malling Rural East;

Lead officer: Nick Abrahams

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/10/2019 - 19/00080 - Disposal of the Former Sittingbourne AEC and land to the rear, College Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 1LF

Background:

KCC is to dispose of Sittingbourne Adult Education Centre and enter into an option agreement for the land to the rear. The vacant former AEC is a grade II listed former school building sitting on approximately 4.742 acres with approximately 2.7 acres of this as the former playing fields. The site was declared surplus to operational requirement and suitable for disposal.

 

 

Proposed decision:

The Cabinet Member is asked to agree to the disposal of the former Sittingbourne AEC and land to the rear and to delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure to progress with and enter into the necessary documentation and legal agreements required to implement this decision.

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

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: Sittingbourne South;

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


29/10/2019 - 19/00079 - Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2020-24

Background –

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.

 

Proposed decision –

To agree the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2020-24.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

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: (All Division);

Lead officer: Keith Abbott

Notice of decision: 29/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


08/10/2019 - 19/00077 - Barton Court Free School - Building Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Decision due date: Not before 06/11/2019 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;

Notice of decision: 08/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


08/10/2019 - 19/00075 - Changes to the KCC local funding formula for schools

In response to the Government confirming the additional funding for schools, Kent County Council is set to receive an approximately £52m for 2020-21. 

 

The Council will continue to operate 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 this period and legislation dictates that any changes to that formula is subject to an all school consultation.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 20/11/2019 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: Janice Venn

Notice of decision: 08/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


08/10/2019 - 19/00074 - Animal and Plant Health Emergency Plan

Proposed decision:

 

To approve The Animal and Plant Health and statutory ACTSO Appendix; The Local Authority Exotic Notifiable Animal Disease Contingency Plan as a KCC led Kent Resilience Forum document.

 

 

Background:

 

Kent County Council enforces a range of legal and regulatory duties in relation to animal and plant health. This plan sets out the powers and duties of KCC in this regard and incorporates the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers statutory guidance on Notifiable Animal Disease response. A significant change is proposed to this standing document in making it multi-agency in reach through Kent Resilience Forum, though remaining KCC-led.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 06/11/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance to statutory requirements

Division affected: (All Division);

Lead officer: Tony Harwood

Notice of decision: 08/10/2019

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


03/09/2019 - 19/00059 - Strategic Acquisition, Tonbridge & Malling

Proposed decision:

 

To consider the decision report for the acquisition of two properties 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 property transactions.

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

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

Division affected: Malling Rural East;

Lead officer: Tom Porter-Williams

Notice of decision: 03/09/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The purchase 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


22/07/2019 - 19/00060 - Turner Contemporary

Proposed decision:

 

That the Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services agree to:

 

(a)  Enter into and or vary significant legal agreements including, but not limited to, a Memorandum of Understanding and Collaboration Agreement with Turner Contemporary, RNLI, Yacht Club, Arts Council England and any other stakeholders as required

 

(b)  Authorise the Director of Infrastructure to enter into all necessary legal agreements for the delivery and the construction of the project

 

(c)  Permit the project subject to KCC’s VAT partial liability exemption position not being breached or in breach

 

 

Background:

 

The project is a combination of reconfiguration and refurbishment of the Turner Contemporary (TC) and the Rendezvous site. The aim of the project is to make the TC more financially sustainable by reducing  running costs and improving the potential for increasing revenue income and making the TC building function more efficiently to service the high levels of visitors it currently attracts.

 

The scope of the project will be to consider how best to maximise income generation through the inclusion of car parking income, retail and catering offer, while preserving the current standards of the facility.

 

The Gallery has far exceeded its predicted visitor numbers and this has had a tangible effect on regeneration which has encouraged people to relocate to Margate and enabled new businesses to become established in the surrounding areas. This project now seeks to secure this position that will allow the Turner Contemporary to become more financially self sufficient.

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision due date: Not before 20/08/2019 In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Margate;

Lead officer: Jonathan White

Notice of decision: 22/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


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


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


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