Decisions

Decisions

27/02/2020 - Quarter 3 2019/20 corporate budget and performance report ref: 6671    Recommendations Approved

To review performance for quarter 3 2019/20 and the budget outturn.

To provide assurance that progress is being made towards achievement of the agreed revenue budget and service delivery targets, and that the reasons for major variances or potential underperformance are understood and are being addressed to the cabinet’s satisfaction.

 

The 2019/20 outturn is £51k overspend as at the end of December 2019. It is anticipated that this will be addressed within the directorates.

 

The proportion of performance measures showing an improvement, or remaining the same compared to the same period last year is 70%. This is an improvement on the same period last year.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 27/02/2020

Effective from: 05/03/2020

Decision:

That:

(a) Cabinet reviewed performance and financial outturn for quarter 3 2019/20, as set out in appendices A - G, and did not identify any additional actions to be considered to achieve future improvement.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Harris


27/11/2019 - To approve a revised business case and budget for the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School within the approved capital allocation ref: 6457    Recommendations Approved

To approve a revised business case and budget for the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School within the approved capital allocation, to accommodate the additional pupils admitted from 2014 in response to rising numbers in South Hereford and to meet parental preference.

The revised business case is attached as Appendix 1.

Provision of £6.141m is included within the approved capital programme to complete the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School from 420 to 630 statutory age pupils, increasing its planned admission number from 60 to 90.  Following authorised expenditure of £446.5k on feasibility and initial costs, on 10 May 2018 Cabinet approved an extension to the school to enable its permanent expansion from two to three forms of entry and provision of additional car parking and associated works to fulfil planning and transport requirements, at a cost of not more than £4,688,500 to be delivered through a design and build contract. Design work has now reached Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stage 4 - detailed design - and a detailed cost plan based on sub-contractors' tenders has been produced by the principal contractor confirming that scheme costs exceed the budget approved by Cabinet but remain within the overall capital programme provision for this scheme. This report seeks approval of the revised business case and authority to spend up to the sum of £6.141m in the capital programme - being an additional £1.006m  This revised sum covers the following which was part of the original specification but have now been fully costed:

"           feasibility work undertaken and completed in 2017

"           modification of the Green Croft building to accommodate the school's early years provision which was completed in 2018

"           internal modifications to the main school building to provide a new Reception Year classroom, a new staffroom, additional car parking and new netball courts which were completed in Summer 2019

"           the design work for the main construction project done to date

"           the cost of the main construction contract - for work yet to be done

"           the council's project management costs and professional services

"           the council's contingencies

Marlbrook is a popular and successful school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, located in Redhill ward in Hereford.  There has been growing demand for school places across the south of the city for some years, and without the additional capacity there would be insufficient places to meet this demand. The school was asked to take a larger intake in 2014 - 90 instead of 60 - and has done so every year since.  Until now the larger numbers have been accommodated in temporary accommodation.  The purpose of the current project is to ensure that all children in the school are accommodated in permanent buildings.

Approval of the revised business case and budget will enable the extension works to be delivered to the recommended specification and standard set out in the revised business plan.  This comprises providing six new classrooms, a new hall, and ancillary spaces, including facilities to make the school fully accessible, such as a hygiene and physio room, a larger remodelled kitchen, and required external works to meet planning requirements, including the requirements of Sport England for replacement netball courts.  It also includes provision for furniture, fittings and equipment, and the council's project management costs and contingencies.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 27/11/2019

Effective from: 04/12/2019

Decision:

 

That

a)    the revised business case for the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School at Appendix 1 be approved;

b)    a revised scheme cost of up to £6,141m be approved (being an additional £1.006m to the previously approved cost); and

c)    the director for children and families be authorised to take all operational decision necessary to implement the above recommendations within the agreed budget.

Wards affected: Redhill;

Lead officer: Karen Knight


27/11/2019 - Quarter 2 2019/20 corporate budget and performance report ref: 6454    Recommendations Approved

To review performance for quarter 2 2019/20 and the budget outturn.

To provide assurance that progress is being made towards achievement of the agreed revenue budget and service delivery targets, and that the reasons for major variances or potential under-performance are understood and are being addressed to the cabinet's satisfaction. 

 

The 2019/20 outturn is £146k overspend as at the end of September 2019.It is anticipated that this will be addressed within the directorates.

The proportion of performance measures showing an improvement, or remaining the same compared to the same period last year is 63%.  This is an improvement on the same period last year

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 27/11/2019

Effective from: 04/12/2019

Decision:

That:

Cabinet reviewed performance and financial outturn for quarter 2 2019/20, as set out in appendices A - H,  and did not identify any additional actions to be considered to achieve future improvement.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Harris


29/10/2019 - Executive Response to Review of highways maintenance - pothole repairs ref: 6391    Recommendations Approved

To agree the executive response to the recommendations from the review of highways maintenance – pothole repairs.

 

The review was commissioned by the general scrutiny committee who appointed a task and finish group to consider the highway maintenance plan and seek to address concerns expressed within the community about the potential mismatch between policy and practice on pothole repairs.  The review made a number of recommendations.  It is proposed that all of the recommendations are accepted, with the exception of recommendations 6, 8and 14, which are partially agreed, and recommendations 11 and 13 which are recommendations that executive cannot implement or require agreed in principle. Full responses are set out in appendix 3.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member Infrastructure and transport

Decision published: 29/10/2019

Effective from: 05/11/2019

Decision:

That:

a)    the response to the general scrutiny committee’s recommendations regarding the review of highways maintenance – pothole repairs, as attached at appendix 1 is approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Tim Brown, Clive Hall


10/10/2019 - Short Breaks Capital Grant Scheme ref: 6314    Recommendations Approved

To approve the creation of a short breaks capital grant scheme.

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thus contributing to their social inclusion and personal and social development. They also provide the parents and carers of disabled children with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

 

Feedback from families highlighted that children wanted to access more activities alongside other children, to increase socialisation, and that support currently provided, whilst meeting a number of key outcomes, may limit opportunity for increasing levels of independence for some children. 

 

The grant scheme will ensure maximum benefit for children with disabilities and special educational needs across Herefordshire, approved at the council’s budget meeting on 15 February 2019 as part of the council’s capital strategy. The aim of the scheme is to improve access to universal and targeted activities across Herefordshire for children with special educational needs and disabilities by delivering capital improvements, thus creating greater opportunity for spending time with friends, and developing independence.

 

The maximum capital funding available for this scheme is £118,000, which is non-recurrent. It is intended that all funding will be committed by the end of March 2020. If required, further bidding rounds will be scheduled during 2020 until the budget has been fully allocated.

 

The funding will be used for capital projects that support the provision of regular, inclusive universal and targeted activities to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Herefordshire.

 

Wide publicity and awareness through existing networks will be undertaken to ensure that eligible organisations are given the opportunity to apply and demonstrate that their project will improve short breaks provision locally, achieve defined outcomes for children and young people, and will be sustainable beyond the grant intervention.  Applications received by the deadline will be assessed by an appraisal panel against the scheme criteria. Post implementation evaluation and reporting requirements will ensure that successful schemes are able to demonstrate that they maximise the benefit for children and young people with disabilities across Herefordshire.  Case studies and other monitoring information will be collated to ensure that the learning and impact from the grant scheme can be captured.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 10/10/2019

Effective from: 17/10/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)   A capital Short Breaks Grant Scheme with a non-recurring budget of £118,000 is made available for projects that will increase access to regular, inclusive universal and targeted activities to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Herefordshire;

(b)  the Director for Children and Families be authorised to determine grant awards inaccordance with the scheme criteria and having regard to the recommendations of the appraisal panel established as set out in appendix 1.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Amanda Price


11/09/2019 - Executive response to the Review of Special Educational Needs and Disability Provision ref: 6242    Recommendations Approved

To approve the executive response to the recommendations from the task and finish group’s review of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision.  The task and finish group assessed SEND provision in Herefordshire and made thirteen recommendations to the executive.  It is proposed that twelve of the recommendations are accepted and the responses are set out in appendix 1.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 11/09/2019

Effective from: 18/09/2019

Decision:

That:

 

a)    the response to the children and young people’s scrutiny committee’s recommendations regarding the review of SEND provision in Herefordshire, as attached at appendix 1 are approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Les Knight


10/09/2019 - Executive response to the review of the pupil referral unit (PRU) referrals ref: 6236    Recommendations Approved

To approve the executive response to the recommendations from the scrutiny review of the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) referrals.  The review assessed the level of referrals to the PRU in Herefordshire and made eleven recommendations to the executive; these recommendations and proposed responses are set out in appendix 1.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 10/09/2019

Effective from: 17/09/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)        the response to the children and young people’s scrutiny committee’s recommendations regarding pupil referral unit (PRU) referrals in Herefordshire, as attached at appendix 1 are approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Les Knight


10/09/2019 - Executive response to the Review of Court Judgements relating to Children and Families ref: 6234    For Determination

To approve the executive response to the recommendations from scrutiny review of Court judgements relating to children and families.  The review assessed the response of the council to address concerns raised in the court judgements and the recent Ofsted inspections. The Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee made seven recommendations to the head of paid service and three recommendations to the executive.  It is proposed that all of the recommendations are accepted in full and responded to as set out in appendix 1; a further recommendation does not relate to an executive function. The content of training for scrutiny members is an operational matter for the statutory scrutiny officer. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 10/09/2019

Effective from: 17/09/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)       the response to the children and young people’s scrutiny committee’s recommendations to the executive regarding the scrutiny review of court judgements relating to children and families in Herefordshire, as attached at appendix 1 are approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Liz Elgar


14/08/2019 - Additional functionality for the Get Walking website and apps ref: 6214    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Director for Regulatory, Environment and Waste Services

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

To develop additional functionality for the Get Walking website and mobile applications in order to improve service delivery.

The total costs of £4,475 are fully funded by the DfT Access Fund grant.

Lead officer: Ben Boswell


15/08/2019 - Award of contract for office planning for Plough Lane and Elgar House ref: 6211    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant director Corporate Support

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 15/08/2019

Decision:

Award a contract to Portsdown Office Limited in the sum of £8,650.00 (excluding VAT) for the delivery of office planning for the Plough Lane and Elgar House offices.

Lead officer: Natalia Silver


14/08/2019 - Approval of contingency budget to finance “change events” that will mitigate risks occurring in the Shell Store project ref: 6210    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 14/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

Approve the use of £169,907 from the Shell Store project contingency approved budget on the following expenditure items which have been raised as “change events” through the design implementation:

• £1,978 for appointment of BREEAM sustainability champion
• £13,526 for asbestos removal to concrete slab;
• £20,504 for temporary utility supplies;
• £98,484 for ground works;
• £35,415 for groundwork design fees;

Lead officer: Nick Webster


13/08/2019 - Leader's report to Council

To provide an update on the work of the Cabinet since the meeting of Council held on 12 July 2019.

Decision Maker: Council

Decision due date: 11/10/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Annie Brookes

Notice of decision: 13/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


22/05/2019 - B4214 Tenbury Road, Bromyard - proposed extension of existing 30mph speed limit and reduction of national speed limit to 40 mph ref: 6209    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 12/08/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

THAT:
subject to the consideration of any objections received as part of the statutory consultation the existing County of Hereford and Worcester (Restricted Roads) (No 6) Order 1987 on the B4124 Tenbury Road at Bromyard is revoked and a new 30 mph and 40 mph speed limit Order made under Section 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 is introduced the effect of which will be to introduce:

(a) a 30 mph speed limit on the B4124 Tenbury Road from a point 41 metres southeast of the centre line of the junction with the U65438 to a point 118 metres northwest of the centre line of the junction with the U65438.

(b) a 40 mph speed limit on the B4124 Tenbury Road from a point 118 metres northwest of the centre line of the junction with the U65438 for a distance of 472 metres in a generally northerly direction

Lead officer: Clive Hall


25/07/2019 - Disposal of Plot N26 within the North Magazine at Hereford Enterprise Zone, Rotherwas ref: 6208    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 12/08/2019

Effective from: 25/07/2019

Decision:

That the council commits to sell its freehold interest in a plot of development land extending to approximately 0.43 acre on the North Magazine, Rotherwas.

Lead officer: Nick Webster


12/08/2019 - Extension of building maintenance and cleaning contract ref: 6193    Recommendations Approved

To approve the extension of the existing council building maintenance and cleansing services contract, which has been procured through an open market tender exercise, to the 31August 2020.

 

The extension of the contract will enable time for the strategic service review of the Property Services function to complete, which is being undertaken to ensure a future sustainable service can be delivered.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member commissioning, procurement and assets

Decision published: 12/08/2019

Effective from: 17/08/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)       The contract with Balfour Beatty Living Places to deliver an amalgamated property maintenance and cleansing service be extended for one year from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 at a total contract value of £12 million.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew Husband


09/08/2019 - Allocation of funding to Falls Care Navigator service 2019/20 ref: 6207    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of adults and communities

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

The director for adults and communities agrees the spending allocation for the Falls Care Navigator service from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 at a total cost of £44,000

April – September 2019 funding is secured via the iBCF funding allocation. The remaining funding, to March 2020, has been secured via the local authority public health grant.

Lead officer: Emma Evans


09/08/2019 - Teachers pay award 2019/20

To seek comments on proposed arrangements for an increased pay award for teachers. The proposals aim to ensure that all teachers are treated equally and receive a cost of living increase. The national pay award only applies to the minima and maxima of each pay range and not for pay reference points in-between; therefore if the national pay award was applied, the majority of teachers would not receive a cost of living increase.

Decision Maker: Chief executive

Decision due date: 07/10/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Baird

Notice of decision: 09/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/08/2019 - Review of performance and progress against the Safeguarding and Family Support improvement plan 2019 / 2020

To review progress against the improvement plan produced in response to the Ofsted Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) inspection judgement of June 2018 and the subsequent Safeguarding and Family Support division improvement plan 2019 / 2020.

The Ofsted improvement plan 2018 / 2019 was updated to the end of March 2019 at which time the process was reviewed in order to move improvement planning into the service areas for 2019-2020; the individual service plans are being reviewed and monitored through a monthly cycle with a clear indication of progress and areas of challenge.

An overall improvement plan for Safeguarding and Family Support 2019 / 2020 has been developed incorporating the outstanding actions from the Ofsted improvement plan to ensure that the continued focus on improvement is driven forward.

Decision Maker: Children and young people scrutiny committee

Decision due date: 16/09/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Liz Elgar

Notice of decision: 09/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


09/08/2019 - Hereford Transport Package & South Wye Transport Package ref: 6200    Implemented

To determine future actions regarding the Hereford Transport Package (HTP), which includes the Hereford bypass and associated active travel measures and South Wye Transport Package (SWTP), which includes the southern link road and local active travel measures comprising walking, cycling, bus and public realm improvements.

 

The original decision to pause and review the bypass and southern link road taken by the cabinet member for infrastructure and transport was taken on 9 August 2019. The decision was called in by General Scrutiny Committee. The decision was discussed at a meeting of the committee on 9 September 2019 and the committee came to the view that the decision should be referred back to the cabinet member to reconsider, giving regard to the matters set out in paragraph 34 below.

 

This report confirms the final decision having regard to the recommendations made by General Scrutiny Committee.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member Infrastructure and transport

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 16/08/2019

Decision:

THAT:

 

a)    all work on the Southern Link Road be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the South Wye Transport Package active travel measures be continued;

 

b)    all work on the Hereford by-pass be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the Hereford Transport Package active travel measures be continued; and

 

c)    the acting director for economy and place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to scope the review work for both road schemes within a budget of £50k (Southern Link Road) and £70k (Hereford By-pass) to inform a further decision in this calendar year.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mairead Lane


08/08/2019 - Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Adult Education Budget and 16-19 Funding Contract for the Academic Year 2019/2020 ref: 6206    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 08/08/2019

Decision:

Acceptance of the Secretary of State for Education acting through
the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Conditions of Funding Grant 2019/2020 for the following:
- £504,480 for the delivery of adult and community learning
- £87,393 on behalf of the maintained school sixth form of Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre
- £1,502 on behalf of Westfield school for bursary support.

Lead officer: Chris Jones


08/08/2019 - OBJECTIVE REPORT U92404 Stocking Lane Lucton – Consideration of reduction in existing speed limit to 30mph ref: 6205    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 08/08/2019

Decision:

The order as advertised and detailed above is made to introduce a 30mph speed limit on Stocking Lane.

AND that: the request to lower speed limit on B4362 at this location will be the subject of further consideration. Working with the parish this will seek to establish what appropriate traffic engineering measures will need to be in place to enable a effective further reduction in the existing 50mph limit over all or part of its extents; and whom might fund the introduction of these measures, having due regard to the level of local concern and the risk posed to all road users across Herefordshire.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


07/08/2019 - TUPE transfer of employees currently seconded to Adoption Central England (ACE) to Warwickshire County Council ref: 6204    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 07/08/2019

Decision:

To commence staff consultation with a view to TUPE of staff from Herefordshire Council to Warwickshire County Council on a date to be agreed.

Lead officer: Chris Jones


06/08/2019 - Extension of Digital Multi-Media Advocacy Pilot ref: 6203    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 06/08/2019

Decision:

To extend the contract with the current provider (University of East London) to enable the pilot to continue for an additional 12 months at a cost of £15,415 from 9th September 2019 to 8th September 2020. (The total cost for total period including the one-year extension will be £42,366.) This will be funded through the SEN reform grant.

Further develop the bespoke combined toolkit that seamlessly integrates the existing Rix Wiki and Multi-me platforms for CYP with SEND and their circles of support.

Review of progress in Q1 of 2020 will be undertaken to inform future decision making with regard to the software. The success of the project will be judged on the proportion of families who report that Wiki-Me has improved:
- sharing information selectively
- person-centered planning
- the communication and achievement of the child’s/family’s needs and preferences
- the production and sharing of plans and programmes.

Lead officer: Chris Jones


08/08/2019 - Quality Surveying Services for Ross Enterprise Park ref: 6202    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 08/08/2019

Decision:

To award a contract to Greenwood Projects Limited to provide quantity surveying services and the drafting of a JCT contract at a fixed cost of £6,270.00 with an option to appoint negotiation services at an addition fixed rate if required pending the cost review.

Lead officer: Nick Webster


08/08/2019 - Enterprise Zone Capital Interventions Phase 5 ref: 6182    Recommendations Approved

To develop further the Hereford Enterprise Zone (HEZ), establishing the critical infrastructure or site remediation required to bring remaining plots into economic use, Cabinet member approval is sought for the next phase of capital expenditure (£5.231m) at the HEZ drawing down the remaining finance from within the approved £16m capital programme. 

 

The HEZ is critical to the economic success of the City and wider county, enabling businesses to grow and creating new jobs and investment in the economy.  The development of a Cyber Security Centre and business incubation space will enable the county to establish a foot hold in new emerging markets, generating longer term, higher value employment opportunities.

Previous expenditure has been incurred in demolitions, site clearance, land remediation, ground raising (for flood mitigation) and infrastructure including access roads, cycleways, and all utilities at the right capacity and to enable easy connections at a plot level, including an ultrafast broadband network.

 

Previous approvals have not been fully spent so there is a need to close down these approvals and re-profile any remaining expenditure into this decision.  The remaining funds are required to provide the time critical infrastructure and / or clear sites to enable the plots to be developed out.

 

To date the HEZ has secured 20 land sales, £48m of investment and a predicted 842 new jobs will be created.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member corporate strategy and budget

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 15/08/2019

Decision:

That:

 

(a)       £5.231m from the enterprise zone capital programme provision be allocated to the following infrastructure interventions at the Hereford enterprise zone:

Infrastructure Interventions

Allocation  (£000’s)

Spoil Heap removal, movement and ground raising Phase 2 delivery.

2,100

Utilities commissioning, installation and movement – gas, electricity, foul and potable water, SUD’s, broadband.

600

Plot specific works including investigation, preparation and readiness for sale and construction.

750

Access improvements, roads, cycleways, sustainable transport infrastructure.

1,300

Estate wide management, maintenance and improvement works including signage, landscape and drainage.

481

TOTAL

5,231

 

(b)      the acting Director for Economy and Place be authorised to implement the above interventions, including the procurement and commissioning of works packages of over £500k;

 

(c)       the total capital allocation of £16m for the EZ development be funded from existing capital receipts.

                               

 

Wards affected: Dinedor Hill;

Lead officer: Nick Webster


07/08/2019 - Licence to allow Little Dewchurch Parish Council to manage open space known as Blackberry Lane Fieldfare Open Space ref: 6201    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 07/08/2019

Decision:

Grant a licence to allow Little Dewchurch Parish Council to manage open space known as Blackberry Lane Fieldfare Open Space

Lead officer: Matthew Williams


07/08/2019 - NMiTE Growth Deal Funding Agreement ref: 6174    Recommendations Approved

To approve the underwrite of an element (£850,000) of Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal grant funding that has been awarded to the New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) Higher Education institute.  The underwrite is required under the terms of the LEP Grant Funding Agreement. 

 

Following a successful application by the council to the Marches LEP, NMiTE have been allocated a capital grant totalling £2.3m.  The grant will enable NMiTE to adapt the Blackfriars Street premises and to purchase the specialist engineering equipment required to teach their first cohort of 50 students that are due to begin their studies in January 2020.  A condition of the funding agreement is that in the event of material failure of NMiTE, determined by Shropshire Council as accountable body for the LEP, the council will have 12 months to identify an alternative body to deliver an equivalent set of outputs that would be agreed with Shropshire Council at the time. If the council fails to find an alternative body, and should there be a subsequent clawback by central government of the Growth Deal funds, the council shall within 10 days pay a sum equal to the value of all grant payments which have been paid to NMiTE for the purpose of the refurbishment or improvement of the Blackfriars Street premises (up to £850,000).

 

The council own the freehold of the Blackfriars Street premises, and has granted a long lease to the Department for Education (125 years). The Department for Education has subsequently granted a sub-lease to NMiTE (50 years).

Decision Maker: Cabinet member corporate strategy and budget

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

That:

 

(a)       Herefordshire Council underwrite up to £850,000 of Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal grant funding allocated to the New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) Higher Education Institute.

 

Wards affected: Widemarsh;

Lead officer: Roger Allonby


06/08/2019 - Corporate risk register    Recommendations Approved

To consider the status of the council's corporate risk register in order to monitor the effectiveness of the performance, risk and opportunity management framework.

Decision Maker: Audit and governance committee

Decision due date: 19/11/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Harris

Notice of decision: 06/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/08/2019 - Tracking of audit recommendations    Recommendations Approved

To review progress of the implementation of audit recommendations.

Decision Maker: Audit and governance committee

Decision due date: 19/11/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Harris

Notice of decision: 06/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/08/2019 - Development of three traveller site pitches ref: 6172    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to begin works to develop three additional traveller pitches following the awarded capital bid funding.

 

The pitches consist of two at the Bromyard Site and one at the Grafton Site.  Both sites are owned and managed by Herefordshire Council.

 

The development of the new pitches will attract an annual income of £11,700 and there is a waiting list of potential residents to take up tenancies for all these pitches.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 13/08/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)         the development of two traveller site pitches at Bromyard and one at Grafton traveller sites be approved at a cost of £420,000.

 

Lead officer: Claire Corfield


06/08/2019 - Modernisation of existing traveller sites ref: 6170    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to begin works to carry out modernisation and upgrade of the traveller sites owned/managed by the Council.

 

The six sites and 53 pitches require works to carry out further improvements.  

The proposed works include, improvements to fencing, doors, electric meter and supply upgrade, improved security on sites, play areas and general site repairs identified in the stock condition survey.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 13/08/2019

Decision:

That:

(a)       the modernisation of traveller sites and pitches as detailed at Appendix 1 be approved at a cost of not more than £490,354.

 

Lead officer: Claire Corfield


05/08/2019 - PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT AT B4349, CLEHONGER, (IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CURRENT PERSIMMON RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT) ref: 6199    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/08/2019

Effective from: 05/08/2019

Decision:

THAT:
Subject to the consideration of the receipt of any objections arising from the formal notice of proposal a new Order will be introduced the effect of which will be;
No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 30 mph along the B4349 from a point 239 metres east of its junction with the U73234 Birch Hill Road to a point 359 metres east of its junction with the U73234 Birch Hill Road

Lead officer: Clive Hall


17/06/2019 - Grant of Licence to Occupy of Units 4 & 5 Foxwood Court Rotherwas ref: 6198    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 05/08/2019

Effective from: 17/06/2019

Decision:

Approve grant of licence to occupy 4 & 5 Foxwood Court for a period of 3 months

Lead officer: Gillian Stratford


15/07/2019 - Release of capital funds from existing approved capital allocation to undertake additional repair works at 1 - 6 Tarsmill Court Rotherwas ref: 6197    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 05/08/2019

Effective from: 15/07/2019

Decision:

Approve release of approved capital funds to carry out additional refurbishment at 1 - 6 Tarsmill Court to ensure they meet the requirements of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and other defects are remedied

Lead officer: Gillian Stratford


17/06/2019 - Grant of Licence to occupy in respect of Unit 5 Great Western Court Ross on Wye ref: 6196    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 05/08/2019

Effective from: 17/06/2019

Decision:

Approve grant of Licence to Occupy PD Studio Ltd

Lead officer: Gillian Stratford


05/08/2019 - A44 Bromyard Bypass – Consideration of a speed limit reduction from 40 mph to 30 mph ref: 6194    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/08/2019

Effective from: 05/08/2019

Decision:

The existing 40 mph speed limit on the A44 Bromyard Bypass is not reduced to 30 mph in isolation either for its whole extent or part of its extent.
That the above recommendation be reviewed if traffic engineering measures are proposed for implementation in order to introduce a change in the prevailing environment that will result in a self-enforcing reduction in the 85th percentile speeds to a level that would support a lowering of the limit to 30 mph.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - Switching to 100% Renewable Electricity ref: 6192    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To switch the Council’s electricity tariff to 100% renewable electricity.

Lead officer: Ben Boswell


01/08/2019 - C1230, Knolton Brook To The Old Shop, Kilpeck, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6191    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the C1230, Knolton Brook To The Old Shop, Kilpeck, from Mulbery House to kilpeck Footpath No 9, planned to be effective for a period of 9 days commencing on the 27th of August 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U72001, Broadway Lands, Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6190    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U72001, Broadway Lands, Little Dewchurch, outside Tree Tops, planned to be effective for a period of 3 days commencing on the 16th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U94021, Gravel Lane, Bodenham, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6189    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U94021, Gravel Lane, Bodenham, outside Shamrocks, planned to be effective for a period of 5 days commencing on the 16th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U92006, Letton Lane To A4110, Adforton Leintwardine, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6188    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U92006, Letton Lane To A4110, Adforton Leintwardine, outside The Granary, planned to be effective for a period of 3 days commencing on the 11th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U94001, Hope Under Dinmore Village Road, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6187    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U94001, Hope Under Dinmore Village Road, , 20 metres either side of the railway bridge, planned to be effective for a period of 2 days commencing on the 11th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U80312, Audley Crescent, Hereford, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6186    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U80312, Audley Crescent, Hereford, number 46, planned to be effective for a period of 1 day commencing on the 11th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - B4347 Moorhampton, Bacton, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6185    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the B4347 Moorhampton, Bacton, at the junction towards Bacton church, planned to be effective for a period of 3 days commencing on the 12th of September 2019.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


01/08/2019 - U90009, Monnington Lane, Monnington On Wye, Herefordshire Temporary Road Closure Order 2019 ref: 6184    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

To authorise the making of a Temporary Road Closure Order served under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to require a temporary closure on the U90009, Monnington Lane, Monnington On Wye, at Small House, planned to be effective for a period of 3 days commencing on the 11th of September 2019

Lead officer: Sonya Morris


01/08/2019 - Service of notice under Section 154, Highways Act 1980 – hedge growing on land adjacent to Grandison Rise/Prospect Walk, Hereford ref: 6183    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 01/08/2019

Decision:

That notice under Section 154, Highways Act 1980, is served on the occupier of land on which a hedge adjacent to footpath F82382 (Grandison Rise, Hereford) and footpath F80200 (Prospect Walk Hereford), is overhanging the footpaths to an extent so as the obstruct the free passage of pedestrians, such notice to require the occupier to cut the hedge so as to remove the obstruction within such time as specified in the notice.


Lead officer: Clive Hall