28/09/2020 - 20/00096 - Kent County Council's participation in the Straits Committee

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development is asked to:

 

a)    Confirm the participation of Kent County Council in the Straits Committee, a new, voluntary partnership between Kent County Council and neighbouring Belgian, Dutch and French local authorities to pursue lasting good neighbourly relations and create opportunities for mutual benefit for businesses, residents, local stakeholders and communities;

 

b)    Approve funding of £100,000 from reserves for activities in connection with the Straits Committee. These will include support to joint initiatives on economic development, tackling climate change, supporting young people and any initiatives in other policy areas as agreed within the Straits Committee,  the development of a strategy for the Straits Committee, the hosting of a Straits conference in Kent and the setting up of a small project support scheme; and

 

c)    Agree delegated authority for management of that funding to the Director of Economic Development. 

 

Background:

 

Kent County Council has longstanding memoranda of understanding with the French Hauts-de-France region, the Pas-de-Calais Département, and the Belgian Province of West Flanders. These relationships have led to many joint initiatives over time – often supported by cross-border funding mechanisms - in areas such as trade, tourism, education, social care, transport and the environment.

 

Over the last three years, meetings between Kent County Council, its continental partners and other continental authorities have shown a desire to continue local-to-local cooperation where it may be of mutual benefit. Kent was encouraged by the UK diplomatic service to formalise this into a new relationship and, on 5th February 2020, Kent County Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with neighbouring French, Belgian and Dutch local authorities to create the Straits Committee.

 

The MOU commits the partners to develop a shared, forward-looking vision for the Straits area where cooperation may achieve tangible results. This may be in any area but the partners will pay particular attention to joint work on economic development and fluidity of trade, addressing climate change and clean growth, and supporting young people.

 

The MOU setting up the Straits Committee commits each authority to designating a cabinet member to take part in a cross-authority working group that will meet up to four times a year. This working group, known as the “Executive Committee”, is supported by officers in each participating authority who will prepare meetings and follow up agreed actions. In addition, the MOU also commits the signatory authorities to holding an annual public conference that will be open widely to stakeholders from across the Straits area and will look at opportunities for the area. The first conference is planned for 2021 and is due to take place in Kent.

 

Options: 

 

·   Do nothing: While the MOU does not place any legal requirements on Kent County Council (KCC), the failure to adopt this decision would call into question KCC’s ongoing involvement in the Straits Committee and ability to support joint initiatives, including related spend activity. This would lead to a weakening of relations with KCC’s European partners at a time when the UK is seeking close ties and friendly cooperation with neighbouring countries.

 

·   Adopt a decision approving Kent’s involvement in the Straits Committee and associated budget (Preferred option): This would align KCC’s participation in the Straits Committee with KCC’s governance and provide a mechanism for supporting joint initiatives with spend activity. 

 

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

 

The Straits Committee forms an integral part of Kent’s policy response to its neighbourhood following the UK’s exit from the European Union. The creation of this new, member-led committee will help local authorities on both sides of the Dover straits maintain good neighbourly relations, navigate issues arising to help keep our border fluid, support our economies and tackle the grand challenges that we share. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: Not before 06/10/2020 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: Dafydd Pugh

Notice of decision: 07/09/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/09/2020 - 20/00086 - Investment of Getting Building Funding in Third-Party Projects (title corrected 28/9/20)

Proposed Decision:

 

The Leader of the Council is asked to:

 

·    Endorse the projects in Kent that the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Board has prioritised to receive Getting Building Funding (GBF) at its board meeting on 16 July 2020.

 

·    Agree that the County Council act as the accountable body for third-party projects within Kent’s geographical boundaries that are selected by the SELEP to receive GBF grant funding.

 

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

 

Background:

 

On 10th June 2020, the Government made a call to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) for shovel-ready schemes that were able to spend in the next 18 months, as a way to stimulate economic recovery and help mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has had on employment levels.

Consequently, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (KMEP), via the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP), wrote to local stakeholders (including KCC) asking for their shovel-ready scheme suggestions. All forthcoming proposals were then submitted to Government, via SELEP, on 18th June 2020. The accumulated total of these SELEP suggestions equalled £573m.

On 3rd July 2020, the Government informed the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) that it would receive £85million of ‘Getting Building Fund’ (GBF) to deliver ‘shovel-ready’ schemes. GBF is capital grant funding.

 

The Government asked SELEP to prioritise its original scheme suggestions for inclusion within the £85m funding envelope. The SELEP Strategic Board met on 16th July 2020 to make its decision.

 

The SELEP Strategic Board chose seven Kent projects to be included within the £85m ask of Government. Three of these projects are to be delivered directly by Kent County Council and are covered by Decision 20/00085.  Four projects are to be delivered by third-party promoters. These third-party schemes are:

 

Project Title

Project Promoter

GBF ask

First + Second Floors, Building 500, Discovery Park

Discovery Park Ltd

£2,500,000

The Meeting Place, Swanley

Sevenoaks District Council

£1,490,000

New Performing & Production Digital Arts Facility

North Kent College

£12,625,000

Romney Marsh Employment Hub

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

£3,536,466

 

The approval of Ministers to SELEP’s £85m list is awaited.

 

If Ministerial approval is granted, the business cases for these third-party projects will be presented to the SELEPAccountability Board in October or November 2020 for their approval of the funding award.

 

Subject to the necessary approvals being granted, SELEP will require Kent County Council to enter into a grant agreement with Essex County Council (which is SELEP’s accountable body) for all schemes awarded GBF by SELEP within KCC’s administrative boundary, whether the projects are Kent County Council projects, or alternatively projects promoted by a third party (e.g. a private sector business). For these projects, where Kent County Council is not the project promoter, Kent County Council is asked to enter a back-to-back grant agreement with the third party.

 

This key decision is therefore required to enable grant agreements to be entered into, so that funding may be secured for the Kent projects from the Getting Building Fund.

 

Options (other options considered but discarded)

 

If Kent County Council were to choose to not enter into a grant agreement for the GBF projects selected by the SELEP Strategic Board, the GBF funding could be either (i) retained by central government or (ii) reallocated by SELEP to another project(s). It is not clear at the time of writing if the project would be in Kent’s geographical area, or from another area of the SELEP.

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision due date: Not before 03/09/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance to statutory requirements

Notice of decision: 05/08/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/09/2020 - 20/00083 - Local Growth Fund Round 3b Third Party Scheme - East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone

Proposed decision:

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development is asked to give approval for the East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone project to be progressed through the next stages of development and delivery including authority for Kent County Council   to enter into funding and legal contracts with the third party (NIAB EMR) who are delivering the scheme.

 

Specifically, to:

 

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

ii)             give approval to enter into legal agreements with the third parties delivering the schemes to transfer the conditions of the LGF spend and project management to them

 

Background Information:

 

In the Growth Deal announcements in July 2014 (Round One) and January 2015 (Round Two), the Government allocated £482 million from the Local Growth Fund to capital projects across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area.

 

As the end of the Growth Deal (March 2021) approaches; projects throughout the SELEP region have experienced delivery challenges; therefore £33.396m of funding, from these projects has been returned for reallocation through the LGF3b pipeline list. Through this process, an allocation has been made available for the East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone project.  This scheme is being delivered by an external partner (NIAB EMR) and KCC will transfer the allocated funding onto 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 NIAB EMR 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 East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone will be delivered in line with the current governance arrangements under the Local Growth Fund (KCC and SELEP). Therefore, the scheme will carry out necessary consultation and equality impact assessments as part of the scheme progression.

 

The business case for the East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone (£1,683,600) was approved at SELEP Accountability Board on 3rd July 2020. 

 

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

 

Options:

The options considered for the East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone are set out in the business case document which can be accessed here:

 

East Malling Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone (pages 24-26)

https://www.southeastlep.com/app/uploads/2019/09/Full-Business-Case-Advanced-Technology-Horticulture-Zone-EMT-NIAB-EMR-03-June-2020.pdf

 

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Decision due date: Not before 28/08/2020 In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Division affected: Malling Central;

Lead officer: Tim Read

Notice of decision: 30/07/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


15/09/2020 - 20/00098 - Community Based Wellbeing Services Procurement Restart

Proposed decision: The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health is asked to:

 

A) EXTEND all required grant arrangements, as detailed in the recommendation report, to cover Phase 2 procurement until 30 September 2021;

 

B)    EXTEND the existing grant agreements to Edenbridge Voluntary Transport Service, Sevenoaks Volunteer Transport Group, Hospice in the Weald and Heart of Kent Hospice, for the full duration of the procurement programme (to end March 2022);

 

C)  EXTEND the Carers Short Breaks contract to Crossroads Care Kent, until 31 March 2022;

 

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

 

Background:

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

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

Through the development process for the new contract model, it became clear there is no single solution that can address the needs of all client groups.  Therefore, both universal and specialist services contracts are required.  There is also a need to move to an asset-based approach and outcome-based specifications.

The Community Based Wellbeing Service Procurement Programme was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.  The procurement is restarting in September 2020 and a revised timetable takes the programme to the end of March 2022.

 

This decision supports KCC’s Strategic Statement through supporting key providers that deliver services to older and vulnerable residents that will ensure they are safe and supported with choices to live independently.  This decision supports the Strategic Reset programme by implementing Asset Based Commissioning.

 

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

Decision due date: Not before 13/10/2020 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: 15/09/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/09/2020 - 20/00080 - Revision of KCC Environment Policy

Proposed decision

 

The Cabinet Member for the Environment proposes the adoption of a revised Environment Policy to be implemented through the Council’s established environmental management system, which is certified to the international Standard for Environmental Management, ISO14001:2015.

 

 

Reason for the decision:

To ensure the Council’s Environment Policy is brought in line with the latest environmental priorities for clean growth, clean air and the natural environment as set out in new Strategies and Plans issued by UK Government and at county level (e.g. the Kent and Medway Energy & Low Emissions Strategy and net-zero target commitments).

 

Background:

KCC is the lead partner in delivering the Kent Environment Strategy and the Kent & Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy and has had a publicly available Environment Policy since circa 2005. Since April 2009, all KCC services have been certified to the international Standard for Environmental Management ISO14001, which requires the organisation to approve and publish its commitment to prevent pollution and continually improve its environmental performance in the form of a Policy. There has been significant shift in the political and public focus on environmental matters since the last policy was published in 2017.

 

Options:

A.   Retain existing policy which was last revised and published in March 2017.

 

B.   Approve a revised policy, which reflects current priorities set out in new Strategies and Plans issued by UK Government and at county level.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision due date: Not before 28/08/2020 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: Christine Wissink

Notice of decision: 30/07/2020

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/09/2020 - 20/00097 - Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2021-25

Proposed decision –

 

The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills is asked to agree the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2021-25.

 

 

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. 

 

Options -

 

The Education Commissioning Plan sets out the principles by which we determine proposals, and it forecasts the need for future provision.  It also sets out in more detail plans to meet the commissioning needs which arise in each District in Kent, during the next two to three years.

 

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

 

Outcome 1 states that children and young people in Kent get the best start in life.  The Commission Plan will ensure that there are sufficient, high quality early years, primary and secondary school places in all Districts.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Decision due date: Not before 03/10/2020 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: David Adams

Notice of decision: 07/09/2020

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


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


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