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Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

86.

Declarations of Interest

 

To invite Councillors 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:

Councillor Lelliott declared a personal interest in Minute No. 91 (Housing Revenue Account – Rents and Service Charges for 2019/2020) on the grounds of her parents being tenants in a Council bungalow and her own lease of a Council garage.  She left the room during the debate and did not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 86.

87.

Questions from Members of the Public

 

To receive questions from members of the public who wish to ask a general question in respect of matters within the Council’s area of responsibility or influence.

 

Subject to the Chair’s discretion, members of the public may ask one question and one supplementary question, which should relate to the original  ...  view the full agenda text for item 87.

Minutes:

A member of the public referred to his own predicament and the difficulties he had faced in his privately rented accommodation with theft of money and personal belongings and his dwelling not being up to a recognised standard.  He further elaborated on an issue with the boiler being condemned and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.

88.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 163 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the Cabinet meeting held on 17 December 2018

Minutes:

Resolved:-  That the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 17th December, 2018, be agreed as a true and correct record of the proceedings, subject to an alteration to Minute No. 76 on Page 9 of the agenda pack to now read:-

 

“Councillor Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.

89.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

 

Agenda Items 11 and 12 have exempt appendices. Therefore, if necessary when considering those items, the Chair will move the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100(A) 4 of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 89.

Minutes:

Resolved:-  That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the agenda items 11 and 12 on the grounds that the appendices involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

Calculation of the Council Tax Base for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That Cabinet recommend to Council that:

 

(a)  The amount calculated by the Council as its Council Tax Base and those of the Parish Councils shown at Appendix 1 for 2019/20 shall be a total of 70,279.97 Band D  ...  view the full agenda text for item 90.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report which set out the calculation of the Council Tax Base for the 2019/20 financial year. This calculation took into account:-

 

·             the total number of dwellings in the Borough and their banding;

·             the Council’s own Local Council Tax Support Scheme (CTSS);

·             other discounts, exemptions and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.

91.

Housing Revenue Account – Rents and Service Charges for 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That Cabinet recommend to Council:-

 

(a)  That dwelling rents are reduced by 1% for 2019/20 in line with the requirements outlined in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.

(b)  That there is a 2.4% increase  ...  view the full agenda text for item 91.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval for the proposed values for the setting of the housing rents, non-dwelling rents, District Heating and service charges and the draft Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2019/20.

 

Changes to the Government’s policy on social housing rents resulted in the requirement to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

Housing Revenue Account – Business Plan 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That Cabinet recommend to the Council to:

 

(a)  That the proposed 2019-20 Base Case Option 2 for the HRA Business Plan be approved.

(b)  That the plan be reviewed annually to provide an updated financial position.  ...  view the full agenda text for item 92.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given the report which provided a detailed technical overview of the current position and the reason for changes to the Plan. This report was considered alongside proposed 2019-20 rents, service charges and budgets (Minute No. 91).

 

The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) recorded all expenditure and income  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92.

93.

Amendments to the Housing Allocation Policy - January 2019 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That the five proposed amendments to the Allocation Policy detailed below be approved:-

 

(a)  Amend the banding related to homelessness households to award a higher band following a full homelessness assessment as detailed in section 3.2.6  ...  view the full agenda text for item 93.

Minutes:

This item was deferred to an extra meeting of the Cabinet to be held on Monday, 4th February, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

94.

Disposal of HRA Sites Whinney Hill and Chesterhill Avenue, Thrybergh pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That disposal on the open market of the Council-owned sites Whinney Hill and Chesterhill Avenue be approved.

 

2.    That the consideration and acceptance of the offer presenting the best consideration be undertaken by  the Assistant Director  ...  view the full agenda text for item 94.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was deferred to an extra meeting of the Cabinet to be held on Monday, 4th February, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

95.

Delivery of bungalows on HRA sites using modern methods of construction pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That approval be given to the use of Housing Revenue Account capital resources up to a maximum of the amount set out in exempt Appendix 2, to deliver 12 bungalows using modern methods of construction on  ...  view the full agenda text for item 95.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was deferred to an extra meeting of the Cabinet to be held on Monday, 4th February, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

96.

Disposal of Surplus Properties pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Report of the Acting Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That approval be given to the proposed disposal of the Council’s freehold interest in the following properties:-

 

(a)  Goodwin Crescent, Swinton

(b)  36 Nelson Street, Boston Castle

(c)  Netherfield Court, Eldon Road, Eastwood

(d)  20 Percy Street, Boston  ...  view the full agenda text for item 96.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval to dispose of the Council’s freehold interest of a number of surplus properties, namely:-

 

a)          2 Goodwin Crescent, Swinton

b)          36 Nelson Street, Boston Castle

c)          Netherfield Court, Eldon Road, Eastwood

d)          20 Percy Street, Boston Castle

e)          21 Scholes Lane,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 96.

97.

Recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Management Board

To receive a report detailing the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board in respect of the following items that were subject to pre-decision scrutiny on 16 January 2019:

 

·         Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2019/20

·         Amendments to the Housing Allocation Policy – January 2019

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the circulated report, the contents of which were included as part of the relevant item and the details included accordingly.