Decision details

Property Services Planned and Reactive Maintenance Programme 2024/2025

Decision Maker: Cabinet member community services and assets

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree the property services planned and reactive maintenance programme 2024/25 to ensure the continuing upkeep, improvement and maintenance of the council’s property assets and also to allow the council to fulfil its obligations to carry out statutory compliance inspections and related remedial works.



a)    Subject to Council approval, the 2024/25 planned and reactive maintenance budget of £3,266,420 (subject to approval at the council budget meeting on 9 February 2024 and pending the delivery of the Corporate Services Savings Target (S6) Reduction in Hoople SLA contract value and workforce service reviews).be allocated between maintenance and cleaning operations as follows and as set out in appendix B: and


b)    the Director for Resources and Assurance be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the above recommendations and spend within the approved budgets including realigning budget between maintenance and cleaning.


Alternative options considered:

1.              Not to undertake statutory checks, planned and reactive maintenance. This is not recommended as assets will not be compliant with health and safety legislation, are liable to deteriorate and potentially be in breach of legislation. This will have an impact on any services located in such properties, with particular reference to the safety of premises to the extent that they may have to be closed and service delivery would be severely impacted. In addition, if the council fails to undertake the statutory checks this will result in the council being in breach of its statutory obligations under relevant legislation



2.              Reducing statutory checks, planned and reactive maintenance to property assets. This is not recommended as this will escalate the risk of increasing a maintenance back-log, contribute to the deterioration of property assets or impair the asset from being kept statutorily compliant and potentially be in breach of legislation. This will have an impact on any services located in such properties, to the extent that they may have to be closed. Service delivery would be severely impacted.


3.              Not undertaking planned remedial work identified subsequent to statutory checks or if reactive maintenance is reduced below required thresholds in buildings which house council employees, third parties and visitors due to inadequate funding. This is not recommended as the council may be liable should an individual be found to have been injured or suffered loss as a result of the council not carrying out its statutory obligations.



4.              Premises are not cleaned or there is a reduction in the cleaning regime. This is not recommended as operational properties will become unsuitable, unhygienic and not fit for use by staff, visitors and the public. Carrying out regular cleaning of council’s key property assets is essential as it will ensure they will remain fit for use.


5.              Not undertaking continuous maintenance: This is not recommended. If the council’s property  assets are not subject to continuous maintenance they will not be safe and fit for purpose, their value will not be protected and they will not be in a condition necessary for transferal to our communities under the community asset transfer process should a decision be made to convey the ownership of particular assets.



Reason Key: Expenditure;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Sarah Jowett, Strategic Assets Delivery Director Email: Tel: 01432 383302.

Publication date: 14/02/2024

Date of decision: 07/03/2024

Effective from: 14/03/2024

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