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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, The Crofts, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: James McLaughlin - Email: james.mclaughlin@rotherham.gov.uk (Tel. 01709 822477) 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

 

To invite Councillors and Commissioners to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest to report.

2.

Questions from Members of the Public

 

To receive questions from members of the public who wish to ask a general question.

Minutes:

(1)            A member of the public referred to the appointment of Sir Derek Myers as a Commissioner to improve Rotherham’s governance by the then Secretary of State, Eric Pickles during 2015.  Sir Derek Myers was prior to this the  Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea, the borough where the Grenfell Flats were located.

 

Kensington and Chelsea had been criticised including by the Government for the governance and way they performed following the disaster at Grenfell.

 

Sir Derek Myers was also the Chair of Shelter and he had had to resign because Shelter also had been criticised for its poor governance and who had not commented on the matter of Grenfell flats for which it had been criticised.  Along with the resignation of Sir Derek his acquaintance, Tony Rice, involved with a company who provided cladding to buildings and which it was revealed provided the cladding to Grenfell Flats.  The member of the public found it completely absurd that Commissioners were in charge in Rotherham at £800 a day when they ought to go back and put their own home in order.  The Leader and Commissioner Ney were asked for any comments.

 

The Leader confirmed the member of the public was raising matters that were of local and national concern and in the public domain.  He was unwilling to get drawn into discussions about individual responsibility at this stage.

 

Commissioner Ney had nothing further to add.

 

(2)            A member of the public referred to question he made on the 11th April, 2017 regarding the expenses claim by Sir Derek Myers made for the day he attended the count.  The member of the public did not think he should have claimed and should not have been at the count.

 

Commissioner Ney had responded in writing and referred to his activity on that particular day and so signed off his expenses, some of the time which was spent observing the count.  That was the function of the Chief Executive, Commissioner Manzie, to oversee the count.  Commissioner Kenny was also at the count, but did not claim.  The letter from Commissioner Ney went on to refer to her own experiences as a Returning Officer, but the member of the public believed he had further experience as he had been involved in various roles including being a supervisor, a counting assistant, a candidate and an agent.  For this reason he did not believe Sir Derek’s attendance contributed to the count process.

 

It was difficult to understand or believe when Commissioner Ney signed off Sir Derek’s expenses for that day if she had looked at his diary or even knew what he had done on both that day and all the other days she had signed expenses for.  On this basis the member of the public suggested that the expenses for Commissioners should be vetted by some independent person, presumably the Director of Finance which would give some confidence in the process.

 

In response Commissioner Ney clarified the letter she had written spelt out more  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 15 May 2017 pdf icon PDF 43 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting held on 15 May 2017.

Minutes:

Further to Minute 208(1) Councillor Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, confirmed, having reviewed the criteria, Thrybergh Primary School was eligible for 20 mph road restrictions, which would address the road safety concerns.

 

Resolved:-  That the minutes of the Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting held on 15th May, 2017, be agreed as a true and correct record of the proceedings.

4.

Demolition of Charnwood House, Swinton and Inclusion in the Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Lelliott (in advisory role)

Commissioner:         Kenny

 

Recommendation:

 

That the demolition of Charnwood House at Swinton be approved.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which detailed how Charnwood House, Swinton was a former adult residential unit and day care centre which had been declared surplus to requirements by the Learning and Disability Service in Adult Care. 

 

The property was now vacant, in a poor condition and provisionally included in the regeneration proposals currently being progressed for Swinton. In addition to this, the vacated property was attracting anti-social behavior and acts of vandalism. 

 

A range of options have been considered including re-use by another Directorate in the Council, letting or sale to a third party and demolition for consideration as part of the wider regeneration proposals.

 

Commissioner Kenny agreed:-  That the demolition of Charnwood House at Swinton be approved.

5.

Council Plan 2017 - 2020 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Read

Commissioner:         Ney (in advisory role)

 

Recommendation:

 

That Cabinet recommend the Council Plan for 2017-2020 to Council for approval.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which set out in detail the Corporate Plan for 2016-2017 which set out the headline priorities for the Council and informed wider service planning and performance management down to the levels of individual staff in the course of the year. The refreshed Plan (now named the Council Plan) continued with the same priorities identified as part of the work to create the Corporate Plan, but now covered a three year period and included a more focused set of indicators.

 

The 2017-2020 Council Plan was the core document that underpinned the Council’s overall vision, setting out headline priorities, indicators and measures that would demonstrate its delivery. Alongside it sat the corporate Performance Management Framework, explaining to all Council staff how robust performance monitoring and management arrangements (including supporting service business plans) were in place to ensure focus on implementation.

 

In turn Cabinet Members gave a brief progress update on key indicators for their own respective portfolio areas.

 

Councillor Steele, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board, confirmed this report had been considered as part of the pre-scrutiny process.  The recommendations were supported, but it was suggested the term domestic abuse’ be used consistently in relevant Council documentation and that information be provided on baseline indicators for all measures in order to enable a comparison to be made at year end.

 

Resolved:-  That the Council Plan for 2017-2020 to recommended to Council for approval, subject to the inclusion of the suggested additions above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             

6.

Appointment of Councillors to Serve on Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Assistant Chief Executive

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Read

Commissioner:         Ney (in advisory role)

 

Recommendation:

 

That Councillors be appointed to serve on Outside Bodies as detailed on the list in Appendix A.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which detailed the nominations for the appointment of Councillors to serve on outside bodies following the approval of the  procedure rules by Council on the 19th May, 2017.

 

Resolved:-  That Councillors be appointed to serve on Outside Bodies as detailed on the list in Appendix A, subject to the removal of the nomination to the Local Government Information Unit as the Council no longer subscribed.

 

7.

Proposal to increase Hackney Carriage Tariffs pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Hoddinott

Commissioner:         Ney (in advisory role)

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That the requested increase in tariffs 1, 2 and 3 be approved.

 

2.    That the requested amendments to the incremental distance charge or ‘drop’ across all tariffs be refused.

 

3.    That the requested introduction of a ‘large group surcharge’ and an increased soiling charge be approved.

 

4.    That following the period of consultation, if no objections are received or any objections received are subsequently withdrawn, then the proposed tariff advertised will take immediate effect.

 

5.    That following the period of consultation, should any objections be received, a report is brought back to Cabinet.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which detailed the representation which had been received on behalf of members of the Rotherham Hackney Carriage Association requesting a rise in the metered fares currently being charged in hackney carriage vehicles.

 

In addition, the association was requesting an additional multiplier to be applied when carrying five or more passengers, and an increase of the soiling charge.

 

The tariffs were set by the Council in accordance with Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.  Unlike many other licensing functions, the setting of Hackney Carriage fares was an executive function, and, therefore, the fees must be set by the Cabinet and not the Licensing Board.

 

Hackney Carriages were able to take bookings directly from a taxi rank, or be flagged down in the street (as opposed to Private Hire Vehicles that must be booked via a licensed operator). 

 

The current and recommended tariffs were detailed in Appendices 1 and 2.

 

A report was presented to the Licensing Board on 20th February 2017 in order for the Board to provide comment in relation to the proposals.  The Licensing Board made several comments in relation to the proposals, in particular:

 

·             The rationale behind the “large group surcharge”

·             Whether other local authorities have a different tariff for Sundays.

 

Further information had been obtained as a result of these queries, and this had been incorporated into the detail of the report.

 

It was noted should any comments be received on the proposals then these would need to be considered prior to the tariffs being implemented.  Final approval would be made by the Cabinet.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the requested increase in tariffs 1, 2 and 3 be approved.

 

(2)  That the requested amendments to the incremental distance charge or ‘drop’ across all tariffs be refused.

 

(3)  That the requested introduction of a ‘large group surcharge’ and an increased soiling charge be approved.

 

(4)  That following the period of consultation, if no objections are received or any objections received are subsequently withdrawn, then the proposed tariff advertised will take immediate effect.

 

(5)  That following the period of consultation, should any objections be received, a report is brought back to Cabinet.

8.

Rotherham Local Plan: Additional Consultation on the Sites and Policies Document pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Lelliott

Commissioner:         Kenny (in advisory role)

 

Recommendation:

 

That the commencement of public consultation on additional housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow, West Melton area be approved.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval to consult on additional housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow, West Melton area. This was necessary to accommodate the changes required by the Planning Inspector.

 

The Inspector has written to the Council setting out his initial conclusions. He had taken into account the Council’s evidence, and submissions from others, and decided that limited changes to the document were required to make it sound and able to be adopted in due course. These changes, otherwise known as “Proposed Main Modifications”, wiould be subject to consultation at a later stage.

 

The Inspector also required the Council to identify and consult on additional housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow, West Melton area. This was to remedy a shortfall against the Core Strategy housing target for this area that had come to light as part of the examination. This consultation was required as an additional stage before the Council consulted on the Inspector’s Proposed Main Modifications.

 

This additional consultation stage would lengthen the examination period, but the Inspector considered it necessary to ensure a robust and transparent process.

 

It was recommended that the details within Appendix 1 setting out these additional housing sites be approved for public consultation.

 

The public consultation on the additional housing sites would take place during July and August 2017. Officers would forward any comments received to the Inspector, who may then hold further hearing sessions. The Inspector would then confirm whether the additional housing sites were to be included in the Proposed Main Modifications.

 

Councillor Steele, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board, confirmed this report had been considered as part of the pre-scrutiny process and the recommendations supported.

 

Resolved:-  That the commencement of public consultation on additional housing sites in the Wath upon Dearne, Brampton Bierlow, West Melton area be approved.

9.

Acquisition of 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Lelliott

Commissioner:         Kenny (in advisory role)

 

Recommendations:

 

  1. That in accordance with the emerging Town Centre Masterplan and the emerging Local Plan, the burnt out buildings, comprising 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham be acquired by the Council to facilitate the redevelopment of the site.

 

  1. That the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation  continue to attempt to contact the owners of 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham with a view to acquiring the site by agreement if possible.

 

  1. That the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation procure a developer partner to produce a development scheme in relation to 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham and a further report be submitted to Cabinet/Commissioners regarding proposals for the site.

 

  1. That if the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation is unable to negotiate an acceptable acquisition of the site and is unable to persuade the owner to bring forward a suitable development proposal for the site, a further report will be submitted in relation to possibly acquiring the site by compulsory purchase.  

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval to continue to negotiate the purchase of 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham and continue to attempt to contact the owners with a view to acquiring the site by agreement if possible.

 

In addition, the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation was asked to procure a developer partner to produce a development scheme in relation to 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham and a further report be submitted to Cabinet/Commissioners regarding proposals for the site.

 

In the event that the Council was unable to negotiate an acceptable acquisition of the site and was unable to persuade the owner to bring forward a suitable development proposal for the site, a further report would be submitted in relation to possibly acquiring the site by compulsory purchase, which was the last resort and only when all other attempts to contact the owner had been unsuccessful.

 

For a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to be successful then the Council must successfully resolve a number of key criteria, which were:-

 

·             There needed to be a properly defined development area and scheme for the site, which must enhance the economic, environmental or social wellbeing of the area.

·             There needed to be a clear planning justification for the scheme.

·             The scheme needed to be financially viable.

·             The scheme needed to be commercially deliverable.

 

The average timescale for obtaining a site by Compulsory Purchase Order was 12-18 months from the approval by Cabinet to proceed.

 

Councillor Steele, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board, confirmed this report had been considered as part of the pre-scrutiny process and the recommendations supported.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That in accordance with the emerging Town Centre Masterplan and the emerging Local Plan, the burnt out buildings, comprising 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham be acquired by the Council to facilitate the redevelopment of the site.

 

(2)  That the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation  continue to attempt to contact the owners of 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham with a view to acquiring the site by agreement if possible.

 

(3)  That the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation procure a developer partner to produce a development scheme in relation to 3-7 Corporation Street, Rotherham and a further report be submitted to Cabinet/Commissioners regarding proposals for the site.

 

(4)  That if the Assistant Director of Planning, Regeneration and Transportation is unable to negotiate an acceptable acquisition of the site and is unable to persuade the owner to bring forward a suitable development proposal for the site, a further report will be submitted in relation to possibly acquiring the site by compulsory purchase.  

 

10.

The Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care and Housing

 

Cabinet Member:     Councillor Roche

Commissioner:         Ney (in advisory role)

 

Recommendations:

 

That the content of the Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan be noted and the priorities and delivery of outlined activity be supported.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided an update on:-

 

1)              The content of the Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan.

2)              The proposed governance arrangements to oversee strategic objectives and ensure tactical delivery of the identified actions.

3)       The links of health and social care integration to key Council strategic drivers such as The Rotherham Plan - A new perspective 2025 .

 

The Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan summarises local ambitions for bringing together health and social care as one single system. The Plan had been jointly produced by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (RCCG), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, (TRFT), Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, (RDASH) and Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR). The Place Plan demonstrates the commitment across partners in Rotherham to the direction of travel for Rotherham and provides for the continuation of collaborative and transformational activity across the whole health and care system. The Plan constituted the foundations for delivery of one of the game changers contained within the Rotherham Plan - A new perspective 2025 – integrated health and social care.

 

The Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan, along with the other footprint areas Plans, underpinned the wider regional submission. The Rotherham Place Plan outlined the priorities and highlights the proposed system solutions for the borough, linking into the wider ambitions for the footprint. The final draft of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP was submitted in October 2016. The Council was consulted on the content of the STP submission and has been assigned Core Place Based partner status within the emerging governance framework.

 

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP submission was identified by NHS England as one of the nine exemplars across the country, being singled out as the only plan demonstrating a wider system commitment incorporating the local authority and voluntary sector offer.

 

In order to draw down potential future funding for the STP, each local area within the footprint must have formed Accountable Care Partnerships in each local place delivering integrated health and social care aligned to an Accountable Care System for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw by September 2017.

 

In order to oversee the delivery of the Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan and to comply with the deadline for creating an Accountable Care Partnership by September 2017 outlined in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP, new governance arrangements have been created. These have been co-produced in consultation with key stakeholders from across the partnership, elected members and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

The Rotherham Place Plan Board would focus on delivery of the Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan. The Board would be co-chaired by Sharon Kemp (Chief Executive, RMBC) and Chris Edwards (Chief Officer, RCCG). Councillor David Roche (Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health) and Dr Richard Cullen (Chair and Chair of the Strategic Clinical Executive), would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Management Board

To receive a report detailing the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board in respect of items subject to pre-decision scrutiny on 21 June 2017:

 

·         Council Plan 2017 – 2020

·         Rotherham Local Plan: Additional Consultation on the Sites and Policies Document

·         Acquisition of 3 – 7 Corporation Street, Rotherham

·         The Rotherham Integrated Health and Social Care Place Plan

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which detailed the recomemdnations of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board held on 21st June, 2017.  The recommendations were considered and included within the relevant items on this agenda.