Agenda for Cabinet on Wednesday 30th May 2018, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 30th May 2018 6.00 p.m.

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To receive apologies for absence


An apology for absence was received from Councillor M. A. Sherrey.


Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 148 KB


The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 11th April 2018 were submitted.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 11th April 2018 be approved as a correct record.


Minutes of the meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 11th April and 23rd April 2018 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

(a)       To receive and note the minutes

(b)       To consider any recommendations contained within the minutes


Should there be any recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 24th May 2018 a minute extract will be tabled at the meeting.


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The minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny board held on 11th and 23rd April 2018 were noted.


It was noted that the recommendation included within the Minutes of the meeting held on 11th April had been dealt with at the Cabinet meeting held on the same evening.


Sports Hall Feasibility Options Appraisal pdf icon PDF 230 KB

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The Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services provided background information in respect of the project.  Highlighting that the decision was taken in 2014 to build a new Sports and Leisure Centre, which would not include a Sports Hall, as a report from Sports England had advised that there was sufficient sports hall facilities within the District.   After discussion it was agreed that Officers would enter negotiations with BAM in respect of the use of the sports hall facility at North Bromsgrove High School as an additional facility.  Unfortunately, at a very late stage the Council was advised that this would not be possible for the amount of weeks originally agreed, 48 and were offered 38 weeks.  Officers were then asked to come back to Cabinet with an options appraisal report, which Members how had before them.  This had been prepared by MACE the managing agent for the new centre and provided a number of different options and associated costs.


The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Enabling referred Members to paragraph 4.2 of the report which provided full costings for the proposed options which ranged from £2.9m to £4.7m.  There was the potential for money to be raised from the sale of land, but this would not be as significant as had originally been suggested if a Sports Hall was built.  Details of the income generated from the options was also included and was anticipated to be no more than £70k, which would give prudential borrowing of up to £1.9m.  This in turn gave a predicted shortfall of £1.9m to £2.83m, which would need to be funded from elsewhere.  The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Enabling went on to outline the financial future of the Council including reductions in funds from the New Homes Bonus and Business rates for example.  It was also highlighted that within the Medium Term Financial Plan presented at the February 2018 full Council meeting that there were significant shortfalls to be faced by the Council in the future years totalling £2.1m.  The aim of the Council was to maintain its services and it would be difficult to find the funding for a Sports Hall within these financial constraints.  The Portfolio Holder for Finance and Enabling therefore suggested that reluctantly the Council could not afford the project.  This was supported by the Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services.


Members went on to discuss a number of areas covered within the report, including:


·         The potential income from the Sports Hall, if a soft play area was included and the level of prudential borrowing it could generate.

·         The amount available through prudential borrowing and the amount of additional funds that the Council would need to find.

·         The cost of the options being far in advance than expected.

·         The need for the Council to remain financial sustainable in future years.


RESOLVED that Capital funding of £600k be released from balances in 2018/19 to complete the Phase 2 and 3 works associated with the project.



Performance Report pdf icon PDF 73 KB

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The Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, the Town Centre and Strategic Partnerships introduced the report and drew Members attention to paragraph 2.1 which stated that Bromsgrove was a highly successful labour force where employment levels were amongst the highest in the West Midlands region, which supported the discussions being held with Brendan Nevin.  She also confirmed that she was in the process of developing updated economic measures which would be brought forward in due course.  The aim was to improve and increase the average salary for those born in the area, which was supported by evidence from the recent survey of the Bromsgrove Community Panel.


The Chief Executive reiterated the comments in respect of updating a set of economic measures and the need for the data to be more up to date.  It was noted that a number of Corporate Measures were also including which covered such areas as sickness absence.


RESOLVED that the Corporate Performance Report in respect of “Help me run a successful business” be noted.



Outside Bodies 2018/19 - Appointments by Cabinet pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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The Leader confirmed that the Outside Bodies listed in the Appendix had been agreed at the recent North Worcestershire Leaders’ Board meeting.


It was noted that the representative on the PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) Adjudications Joint Committee representative should be the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and as this had recently moved to the Portfolio of Councillor Margaret Sherrey, the necessary amendment would be made.


RESOLVED that, subject to the amendment detailed above, the appointments be made to the bodies as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report.