Decisions

Decisions

15/10/2021 - To acquire land for the delivery of the Old Gore Crossroads Safety Scheme and associated payment ref: 8291    Recommendations Approved

The delivery of the Old Gore safety scheme comprises improvements to the junction which includes the installation of traffic signals to control traffic movements at the junction. The scheme has been developed to address accidents which have occurred at this site.

The junction improvements proposed require acquisition of land to enable localised road widening and to achieve the required visibility splays for a signalised junction.

0.05 hectares (500 sqm) of land outside of the highway needs to be acquired – all of this land is within a single landownership.

Negotiations with this landowner have concluded in the value set out in the decision made section of this report as the value which will be accepted by the landowner. This value represents a value per hectare which is above the agricultural value of the land but is recommended as it enables acquisition to be secured by agreement and within timescales to ensure works progress to programme on site and should be complete by end of 2021/2022 financial year. On this basis it is a without prejudice offer.

The project is funded from the Investment in Infrastructure capital budget, with a sum of £500,000 currently allocated within that budget for this project, together with £260,000 from the minor safety improvements budget within the 2021/22 Annual plan. This gives an overall budget of £760,000.

The annual plan decision can be seen on the councils website by following the link below:

https://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=7852

The current forecast of the scheme costs excluding the land acquisition costs and risk allowance but including scheme development costs are £760,000.

The costs of the land acquisition and risk allowance will be funded by allocating additional budget to this project from the annual plan LTP capital budget. This will be the subject of a future governance report.

The history of collisions at this site are significant, the 2021 Accident Cluster Site List 2021 ranked list has the ‘A449 junction with the B4224 Old Gore Cross Roads’ as the highest ranked site, this is based on the number of accidents and severity. There have been 8 accidents in previous 5 years.

The location has previously been treated with signing and lining, the continuous investigation into the site location, type and number of accidents has identified the need for a significant investment and change in how the junction is managed, Due to the topography the designed scheme is the preferred option.

The delivery of this scheme delivers significant benefits in regards to road safety and impact on people’s lives, communities and economy.

The cost of a collision and casualty is based on direct costs, loss of productivity and loss of welfare. Using the Anticipated Return on Investment criteria, which underpins the councils work on safety intervention, the first year return without land acquisition is a positive 47%, with land, a positive 45%.

If the delivery of the scheme was paused to enable further negotiation with landowner or the statutory compulsory purchase of this land it is anticipated that the costs of the scheme would increase. There are significant increases in material prices as well sub contract prices arising from high demand in the construction sector and the impact of volatility in the energy market.

If the scheme were delivered 6-12months later than currently programmed this could result in an increased cost significantly in excess of the land acquisition value.

On the basis it is recommended that land is acquired by agreement within a budget of £37, 000.


Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 15/10/2021

Effective from: 15/10/2021

Lead officer: Mairead Lane


14/10/2021 - Award of transport contracts (Ref 0921) ref: 8290    Recommendations Approved

To ensure that the council manages its transport services effectively whilst also meeting its statutory duties and ensures children are transported to school in line with eligibility.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 15/10/2021

Effective from: 14/10/2021

Lead officer: Neil Taylor


14/10/2021 - Granting head landlord’s consent to alterations at Unit 10 Old Market Development, Edgar Street, Hereford ref: 8289    Recommendations Approved

The sub-tenant in occupation wishes to erect an enclosed storage area within a dedicated service area to enable them to extend their e-commerce operations from the site.

The sub-tenant is responsible for obtaining all necessary planning and building regulation consents.

The direct landlord of the sub-tenant is agreeable to the proposal but Herefordshire Council’s consent as head landlord is also required under the terms of the head lease.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 14/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


14/10/2021 - Children’s Social Care Core Skills Development Service Contract Award ref: 8288    Recommendations Approved

To award a contract to Griffin Care Ltd, at a value of £39,700, to deliver a Core Skills Development Programme for frontline children’s service workers and managers by 31 March 2022

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 14/10/2021

Lead officer: Darryl Freeman


26/02/2021 - Purchase Planters as part of the streetscape and green infrastructure elements of the Hereford City Centre Improvements (HCCI) ref: 8287    Recommendations Approved

In addition to the review of the existing High Town design it has been determined that the provision of streetscape and green infrastructure elements is a valuable part of the overall public realm improvements to be delivered as part of the HCCI.

This package of streetscape and green infrastructure elements will be identified and procured within the initial phase of the project and will include:
• Street furniture including benches and bins
• Trees and soft landscaping
• Public art
• Provisions to maintain public safety including the risk of errant vehicles
• Cycle storage provision
• Street Lighting
• Improvements to the facilities for markets and events
• Measures to improve air quality
The distribution of these streetscape elements will be undertaken in parallel with the design review and where appropriate they will be installed within the public realm at this point. This will provide for an early enhancement to the public realm whilst other elements come forward over a longer period.

These works will be funded from the LEP Getting Building Grant.

A design process to identify the planters to be purchased has been undertaken which has included consultation with the Cabinet Member, Ward Member, Hereford City Council, Hereford Business Improvement District and the Hereford Tree Forum. Feedback from this consultation has identified a preferred style of planter and tree species which has been agreed with the Cabinet Member.

Following the selection of a planter style BBLP sought three quotations for supply of the planters.

Supplier Planter Unit Price Comment
1 £8,200 Price includes trees soil and plants.
Can deliver 90% of planters by end of March 2021.
Payment made on delivery.
2 Provided provisional price but were unable to supply by end of March and required 50% payment in advance. On this basis further enquiry was not pursued.
3 £9,485 Price excludes trees, soil and plants.
50% payment in advance was required.

The first supplier has been selected on the basis of their ability to deliver the majority of the planters by the end of March 2021, their payment terms and on the basis their price was lower than the other compliant quotations.


Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 26/02/2021

Lead officer: James Fishlock


13/10/2021 - Herefordshire Destination Business Improvement District

To agree to vote yes in the Herefordshire County Business Improvement District ballot due to be held in November 2021.

Should the ballot be successful, the county Business Improvement District (excluding Hereford City Centre, which has an existing Business Improvement District) will implement a 5 year business led programme to support the growth of the tourism and retail across Herefordshire.

Should the outcome of the ballot support the development of the Herefordshire Business Improvement District the council would be required to make an annual contribution of £14,515.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member environment and economy

Decision due date: 10/11/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Roger Allonby

Notice of decision: 13/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/10/2021 - To award an external evaluation of the COVID recovery 'get active' work stream to Tiller research ref: 8285    Recommendations Approved

A three quote exercise was undertaken, due to the short time-scales and the focus on physical activity, providers were limited.

Tiller have experience in evaluating physical activity interventions and local connections.

Decision Maker: Acting Director of Public Health

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 06/10/2021

Lead officer: Rebecca Howell-Jones


30/09/2021 - Temporary road closures and highway decisions from1 September to 30 September 2021 ref: 8284    Recommendations Approved

Temporary road closures and highway decisions from1 September to 30 September 2021

BB Ross-on-Wye Footway Remedial Works 2021 (21-180)

U94009 Popland Lane

U72003 Witherstone Lane from Knapp Green, Carey (TTRO21-191)

s.278 - Old Pound Cottage

B4347 From B4348 To Morehampton Park Farm, Vowchurch

BB Resurfacing Works Sept/Oct (21-162)

C1007 From Upper Kinsham To Powys Boundary, Kinsham (TTRO21-754)

BB Drainage Investigation Works Sept/Oct 2021 (21-193)

PU1904 Section 50

U65022, The Gains Road, Whitbourne

C1203 From Monnow Farm To Powys Boundary, Craswall

C1165, Old Church Road, Colwall

C1110, Pencombe Road, Winslow (TTRO21-1001)

U71020, Ashe Ingen Court Road, Bridstow (TTRO21-744)

C1275 The Hill Farm To Bill Mills, Pontshill (TTRO21-763)

A40 Bridge Maintenance Works September 2021 (21-198)

TCO KS5

.38 - Phase 4, The Oval

C1234 From A49 To Old Hall, St Owens Cross (TTRO21-787)

C1136 From Shobdon Cottage To Hill Oak Farm, Bringsty

U91417, Cabal Lane, Lyonshall

C1110 From Little Maidenhyde To C1116 Via Pencombe, Pencombe (TTRO21-751)

C1125 From The Vauld To The River Lugg, Sutton St Nicholas

C1262 From B4348 Llandinabo To A49 At Oaklands House, Llandinabo (TTRO21-750)

C1286 From B4221 To Kempley Road, Upton Bishop (TTRO21-780)

C1098 From Lulham Cottage To Madley, Lulham Madley (TTRO21-743)

East Street, Hereford

Malvern

C1094 From A4110 To Lower Bush Road, Bush Bank

C1097 From The Steps To Bishon Lane Via Bishopstone

U70214, Watery Lane, Lea Bailey (TTRO21-776)

U70232, Gorsley Common Road, Gorsley (TTRO21-770)

U70239, Hereford Lane, Linton Ross On Wye

U71423, Mount Way, St Weonards (TTRO21-785)

U70211, Bartwood Lane, Dancing Green (TTRO21-745)

U81100, Huntington Lane, Hereford (TTRO21-732)

U92207, Kinton Lane, Whitton Leintwardine

Birtley Fibre - Road Closures

C1152 From C1154 To Redcastle Farm, Canon Frome

C1131 From A465 To A417 Via Ocle Pychard

C1034 Ledicot Lane From B4362 Shobdon (TTRO21-757)

Byford Common Road, Byford (TTRO21-759)

C1206 From B4348 Vowchurch To Slough Breast Wood Track, Vowchurch (TTRO21-778)

C1226 From A465 Belmont To Railway At Haywood Lodge, Belmont (TTRO21-788)

B4219 From Crumpton Oakes Access To Worcestershire Boundary, Cradley (TTRO21-781)

C1125 From The Vauld To The River Lugg, Sutton St Nicholas (TTRO21-768)

C1031 Lyonshall From A480 To Cabal Lane, Lyonshall (TTRO21-786)

C1019 From Westfield Farm To St Marys Church, Elton (TTRO21-758)

Ivington Fibre

U91017, Mahollem Road, Huntington

C1280 Whitehall Road To Bury Hill Lane, Weston Under Penyard

Wye Street Closure - Ross

C1165, Old Church Road, Colwall (TTRO21-779)

C1082, Gorsty Corner To Bearwood Cross Road

C1133 from B4214 to East Lodge, Bishops Frome (TTRO21-753)

C1297 Woolhope To Woodland Car Park, Woolhope

BB Old Gore Crossroad Scheme 2021 (21-195)

B4234, Copse Cross Street, Ross-On-Wye

C1203 from Monnow Farm to Powys Boundary, Craswall (TTRO21-797)

U91017, Mahollem Road, Huntington

C1297 Woolhope To Woodland Car Park, Woolhope

C1052 Leysters To Bockleton Road, Leysters

TCO LR35

C1196 From Rose Cottage To Cornerstone Via Madley Madley Closure - OD (TTRO21-761)

TCO BW16

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 30/09/2021

Lead officer: Bruce Evans


12/10/2021 - Officer approval to sign the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) Recovery Plan Addendum with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in respect of Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (GHG LAD) phase 1a project. ref: 8282    Recommendations Approved

- Fuel Poverty affects an estimated 13,902 out of 84,028 households (16.5%). This figure is higher than the national level of 13.4% and reflects the challenges that the county faces in relation to the energy efficiency of properties including a large proportion of older, hard to treat ‘solid wall’ properties, restricted access to mains gas and the resulting prevalence of expensive heating fuel systems.

- The fund, administered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to be used to improve the energy efficiency of low-income houses living in Herefordshire and Shropshire as well as supporting the green recovery in response to Covid-19.

- The Recovery Plan will allow a further seven Herefordshire and Shropshire fuel poor households to access fully funded energy efficiency measures, allowing a further £67,725 of funding to be utilised.


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

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Lead officer: Marc Willimont


11/10/2021 - Authorise additional funding for Hoople

The purpose of this decision is to approve additional funding to enable Hoople Care to have a recruitment dive for the Home First service to attract people to work in the care and reablement sector, to address a shortfall in whole time equivalent (WTE) staffing for the Home First service

The funding increase will also enable Home First to increase the rate of pay for Reablement Workers (RW) and Assessment and Review officers (ARO).

Decision Maker: Chief finance officer

Decision due date: 19/10/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Burgess

Notice of decision: 11/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


29/09/2021 - 202412 - FLOW HOUSE, LAND NORTH OF SHEEPCOTTS COURT, ULLINGSWICK, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR1 3JQ ref: 8281    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

The application was refused, contrary to the Case Officer’s recommendation.


29/09/2021 - 210222 - TOGPEN, WILLEY LANE, LOWER WILLEY, HEREFORDSHIRE ref: 8280    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

The application was approved, in accordance with the Case Officer’s recommendation.


29/09/2021 - 210373 - LAND OFF WYSON LANE, BRIMFIELD, HEREFORDSHIRE ref: 8279    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

The application was approved, in accordance with the Case Officer’s recommendation.


29/09/2021 - 210640 - CRUMPLEBURY FARM, WHITBOURNE, WORCESTER, HEREFORDSHIRE, WR6 5SG ref: 8278    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 29/09/2021 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 29/09/2021

Decision:

The application was refused, contrary to the Case Officer’s recommendation.


08/10/2021 - Granting access to the Environment Agency to repair damaged flood wall at Kenwater, Leominster ref: 8277    Recommendations Approved

• Contractors employed by the Environment Agency (EA) require consent to access land to install a temporary work cabin on land adjacent to 69 Osborne Close Leominster

• The scheme to repair the floodwall at this location was frustrated and suspended earlier this year when a cable strike occurred.

• The cable strike has now been repaired and rebuilding of the floodwall at this location may now be completed.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


08/10/2021 - Leominster Heritage Action Zone Heritage Web App ref: 8275    Recommendations Approved

A procurement process was undertaken in line with the council’s Contracts Procedures Rules for contracts under £25k. Four responses to the ITQ were received and these were assessed by Herefordshire Council and Leominster Town Council representatives.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Lead officer: Neil Taylor


08/10/2021 - Leominster Heritage Action Zone conservation area appraisal (CAA) ref: 8276    Recommendations Approved

The CAA is identified as a project in the Leominster Heritage Action Zone programme.

The contract was procured in accordance with the council’s Contracts Procedures Rules. Border Archaeology Limited’s response to the ITQ was considered to have met the required criteria and is within the budget for the project.

Border Archaeology Limited are a local company based on Leominster Enterprise Park with the capability and experience in delivering CAAs and a deep understanding of the town of Leominster.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Lead officer: Neil Taylor


08/10/2021 - Contracts for the provision of lift and escalator maintenance, facility management, cleaning and site security services and Christmas decorations at Maylord Orchard ref: 8274    Recommendations Approved

The Maylord Shopping Centre has been owned outright by the council since June 2020
These contracts are with the existing providers for the provision of services essential to meeting the Council’s obligations as owner and landlord and to the good management of the shopping centre. Under the terms of the sale and purchase agreement for Maylord Shopping Centre these contracts are to be novated to the council as such these are not new contracts but a formalisation of existing arrangements.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 08/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Lead officer: Neil Taylor


07/10/2021 - To grant a short Licence to Occupy at The Hive, Venns Lane, Hereford ref: 8273    Recommendations Approved

• Herefordshire College of Arts (HCA) are taking a lease of these premises.

• HCA already occupy under a Licence to Occupy but this has expired and a new short-term licence is required to cover the intervening period before the lease is completed.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 07/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


07/10/2021 - To grant a Licence for Alterations to HCA at The Chapel, Venns Lane, Hereford ref: 8272    Recommendations Approved

• Herefordshire College of Arts (HCA) are taking a lease of these premises.

• Alterations are required to the premises to open-up a pre-existing link between existing HCA leased areas and the new space known as the Chapel.

• A separate Licence to Occupy is also to be entered into to allow early occupation before the lease is completed and this will be covered by a separate RoOD.

• The Licence for Alterations is a stand-alone document under seal that will apply to both the Licence to Occupy and the subsequent Lease.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 07/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


07/10/2021 - To grant to HCA a Licence to Occupy at The Chapel, Venns Lane, Hereford ref: 8271    Recommendations Approved

• Herefordshire College of Arts (HCA) are taking a lease of these premises.

• Occupation is to be by way of Licence to Occupy until the lease is completed as urgent occupation is required for service delivery (education)

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 07/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


07/10/2021 - Hereford City Centre Improvements (HCCI) ref: 8255    Recommendations Approved

To provide an update to HCCI project elements and associated spend profile from that outlined within the 3 December 2020 Cabinet Member decision, and to grant delegated authority to the Director of Economy and Place in consultation with the Chief Finance Officer to progress and deliver the project elements within the outlined budget.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member Infrastructure and transport

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 14/10/2021

Decision:

That:

a)    The following elements of the Hereford City Centre Improvements programme are progressed in place of these originally  set out in the cabinet report dated 3 December 2020:

a.    High Town existing enhancements

b.    High Town area minor works

c.    Market and event infrastructure

d.    CCTV enhancements

e.    Façade improvement grants / business grants

f.      Cathedral and River Wye Quarter design

g.    St Owen’s Street cycle contraflow

h.    Widemarsh Street kerb improvements

i.      Cathedral & River Wye Quarter planters

j.      City Link Road planters and Trees

k.    City Greening

l.      “City Trees”

m.  City green cycle shelters

n.    Public art/Installations

o.    Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

p.    Programme project management

b)    The Director for Economy and Place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer to progress and deliver the programme elements within the overall programme budget outlined within paragraph 17 of the report on a programme basis across the projects; and

c)    The Chief Financial Officer be authorised to vary the grant funding agreement if acceptance of the updated project elements and spend profile outlined within this decision is received from the Marches LEP.

 

Wards affected: Central;

Lead officer: Mairead Lane


07/10/2021 - Licence to occupy in respect of Unit 1.03 , Shell Store, Hereford Enterprise Zone ref: 8269    Recommendations Approved

1. The Shell Store is owned by the Council, and has been developed to operate as a business incubation, development and networking Centre to stimulate business activity, with 40 units for rent.

2. The Shell Store units are envisaged as being occupied through easy in, easy out terms, through licence arrangements.

3. We want to welcome and settle the first set of tenants into the building as soon as possible to create an income and generate a positive atmosphere to stimulate further interest.

4.The terms agreed reflect on market rents and the facilities on offer to tenants.

5.The prospective tenant has cleared appropriate checks.


Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 07/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


07/10/2021 - Licence to occupy in respect of Unit 5.01, Shell Store, Hereford Enterprise Zone ref: 8268    Recommendations Approved

1. The Shell Store is owned by the Council, and has been developed to operate as a business incubation, development and networking Centre to stimulate business activity, with 40 units for rent.

2. The Shell Store units are envisaged as being occupied through easy in, easy out terms, through licence arrangements.

3. We want to welcome and settle the first set of tenants into the building as soon as possible to create an income and generate a positive atmosphere to stimulate further interest.

4.The terms agreed reflect on market rents and the facilities on offer to tenants.

5.The prospective tenant has cleared appropriate checks.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 07/10/2021

Effective from: 07/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


06/10/2021 - Licence to Occupy to Ross Lions Club in respect of Wilton Road Car Park Ross on Wye ref: 8267    Recommendations Approved

• The council own Wilton Road car park and Ross Lions have requested that they be permitted to use the property on the evening of 5th November 2021 in connection with their annual fireworks display

• The event provides an enjoyable evening for the local community and raises funds for Lions Charity purposes.

• Ross Lions have many years’ experience of staging events such as this

The licence will require Ross Lions to reinstate any damage caused and to indemnify the council against any damages, claims or actions arising from the rights granted under the licence.

Decision Maker: Delivery Director – Property Services

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 06/10/2021

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


06/10/2021 - Capital Investment in infrastructure and Assets: Extra Ordinary Highways Maintenance, Bio Diversity Net Gain and Winter Fleet ref: 8251    For Determination

To authorise the spend/investment in the council / highway asset and infrastructure following the resolution at the Council meeting on 12 February 2021, to allocate £2.299m in Extra Ordinary Highways Maintenance, Bio Diversity Net Gain and the Winter Fleet.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member Infrastructure and transport

Decision published: 06/10/2021

Effective from: 13/10/2021

Decision:

That:

a) £2.299m to be invested in infrastructure as set out below:

· £910k C and U road investment - drainage and carriageway works.

· £250k bio diversity net gain projects across the public realm, public open spaces, council assets and working with partnering groups.

· £750k Market Town Maintenance Investment

· £200k Structures/Retaining Wall Repairs

· £50k Village Safety Initiatives

· £139k Winter Fleet.

 

b) Delegated authority to Director of Economy and Place (in consultation with the S151 officer) to take all operational decisions to spend the budget as set out in the recommendation (a).

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Bruce Evans


05/10/2021 - High Needs Budget 2022/23

To approve the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) high needs budget for 2022/23 as recommended by Schools Forum

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision due date: 31/03/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Malcolm Green

Notice of decision: 05/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


05/10/2021 - Schools Budget 2022/23

To approve school forum’s recommended budget proposals for school budgets, central school services and early years within the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2022/23

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision due date: 28/01/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Malcolm Green

Notice of decision: 05/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/09/2021 - Mental Health & Awareness Scheme: Qwell Online Toolkit and Solihull Approach ref: 8266    Recommendations Approved

The global Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus have had an unprecedented impact on the national and local economy and on people’s wellbeing and mental health. We have seen large increase in the numbers of people accessing their GP, and mental health crisis services, suffering with severe anxiety, stress and depression. The online service that will be provided by Qwell will provide immediate access to support people, providing a drop in chat function, 24 hour chat facility with the counselling team, the ability to book sessions with a named counsellor as well as other support, guidance and signposting for people with low level or developing mental health needs, or to support people who may be concerned about or caring for others.
Perinatal mental health problems affect up to 20% of woman during pregnancy and the first year of having a baby. Due to the pandemic and lockdown, parents with new babies have not been able to socialise or be supported by universal groups in person. Multi-agency training to encourage consistency in understanding and approach re emotional health, wellbeing and relationships across frontline staff working with families, children and young people is key. Parent/carer/ infant early healthy relationship building improves overall family health and wellbeing. The Solihull Approach is recognised and utilised in Herefordshire, particularly in relation to the under-5s: training in additional modules on mental health and wellbeing and understanding the teenage brain will extend its reach to families with teenagers, schools and the wider community.

Decision Maker: Acting director of adults and communities

Decision published: 05/10/2021

Effective from: 13/09/2021

Lead officer: Paul Smith


05/10/2021 - Air Quality Monitoring Station (AQMS) - To approve spend and delegate officer ref: 8261    Recommendations Approved

To approve expenditure on Air Quality Monitoring Station Resource Improvements to update the equipment on Victoria Street, Hereford with DEFRA approved air quality monitoring equipment and to expand the Air Quality Monitoring Station network to include a second Air Quality Monitoring Station in Leominster. to ensure that the council is able to meet its statutory obligations.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member housing, regulatory services, and community safety

Decision published: 05/10/2021

Effective from: 12/10/2021

Decision:

That:

a.     The council undertakes the programme of Air Quality Monitoring Station Resource Improvements as described  in the Business Plan (Appendix A) to be completed within a budget of £192,000;

 

b.    Delegated responsibility for the award of procurement contracts for the lifecycle of the Air Quality Monitoring  Station Resource Improvements project, informed by methodology advised by the council’s procurement team be given to the Director for Economy and Place; and

 

c.     Delegated authority be given to the Director of Economy and Place following consultation with the S151 officer to be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the above

 

Wards affected: Greyfriars; Leominster East; Leominster North & Rural; Leominster South; Leominster West;

Lead officer: Tara Roche Schiavon


04/10/2021 - Housing Strategy alternative delivery model options

Provide an update on housing business case and seek approval to explore alternative housing delivery models

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 16/12/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Robert Barton

Notice of decision: 04/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2021 - West Mercia Energy Joint Committee - access to papers ref: 8264    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: West Mercia Energy Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 28/09/2021 - West Mercia Energy Joint Committee

Decision published: 04/10/2021

Effective from: 28/09/2021

Decision:

The West Mercia Energy Joint Committee is administered by Shropshire Council. To view the decisions made at this meeting please visit the Shropshire Council website by following this link: https://shropshire.gov.uk/committee-services/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=649&MId=4222&Ver=4

 

A summary of the decisions taken is also available: Decisions 28th-Sep-2021 11.00 West Mercia Energy Joint Committee.pdf (shropshire.gov.uk)


20/09/2021 - To directly deliver an adult tier 2 weight management programme ref: 8263    Recommendations Approved

In July 2020 the government launched ‘Tackling obesity: Empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, this provided the government’s commitment to supporting a healthier environment to help support a healthy weight and to expand weight management services. Funding has now been allocated to local authorities via The Department of Health and social care to support the commissioning of behavioural (tier 2) weight management services for adults.
Herefordshire has been allocated £93,809.
There are conditions attached to the grant and reporting requirements, this fund is available for one year.

Decision Maker: Acting Director of Public Health

Decision published: 04/10/2021

Effective from: 20/09/2021

Lead officer: Rebecca Howell-Jones


20/09/2021 - To spend from the Schools Accessibility Works 2021/22 Budget to create a changing space at Shobdon Primary School. ref: 8260    Recommendations Approved

The proposed works will include mitigation of potential health and safety risks and will benefit all children with special educational needs or disabilities who attend the school in the future including looked after children and care leavers. The scheme fits in with the schools capital investment strategy which sets out the council’s approach to delivering the legal duty to ensure there are enough school places for the children in
its area.

The works entail the remodel of an existing cleaners store and store within the existing school to provide a Changing Room.

S C Joseph Ltd have been identified as the bidder representing best value for money following a competitive tender and assessment process in accordance with Council procurement procedures. Quotations were invited from four prospective companies and two returned valid quotation for consideration that were evaluated on a cost and quality basis.

The work to be awarded to S C Joseph Ltd at a cost of £18,442.00 and
monitored by the Capital Project Manager.

The overall budget available of £150k is to also fund a hygiene room at
St Mary's CE Primary School, Fownhope.

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 20/09/2021

Lead officer: Andrew Husband


01/10/2021 - Recovery of debt from unpaid parking Penalty Charge Notices ref: 8259    Recommendations Approved

In order to effectively manage the councils highway network in respect of parking, occasionally a Penalty Charge Notice needs to be issued to a vehicle. Where payment is not made in respect of these the relevant legislation provides for debt to be pursued.

In order for the council to continue to exercise its public duty, and recover all associated costs with the enforcement of parking contraventions, and to ensure that the principles of enforcement are not undermined, it is appropriate to take all legal and necessary steps to obtain payment.

Notwithstanding a review of any correspondence received against any of these matters, and the councils underpinning duty to protect those that are vulnerable, the following documents have been served in accordance with legislation in the last period.

September 2021
Charge Certificate – 153
Order for Recovery – 100

In the same period 184 were warrants were executed for the councils contracted Enforcement Agency (Bailiffs) to, in accordance with the relevant legislation, make enquires and enforce the outstanding debt.

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 01/10/2021

Lead officer: James.Hughes


01/10/2021 - To accept and spend £675k of LEP funding awarded to the council to spend on infrastructure works to make land ready for development at Hereford Enterprise Zone. ref: 8234    Recommendations Approved

The council has secured an award of £675k of LEP funding to spend on infrastructure in 2021/22 to prepare land for development at Hereford Enterprise Zone. This funding is in addition to £5,432k previously awarded LEP funds and the £14,947k of capital funding already in the approved capital programme (both of which are shown as separate projects on the capital programme). The funding will enable the council to carry out additional infrastructure work and hence prepare more land for development and sale at the North Magazine of Skylon Park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member environment and economy

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Wards affected: Dinedor Hill;

Lead officer: Neil Batt


01/10/2021 - Preparation of a Temporary Road Closure Order made under Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) ref: 8258    Recommendations Approved

To enable the October Fair closure to take place, for which purpose the Council, as highway authority, consider the closure of the road is required due to the likelihood of danger to highway users while the said event is taking place.

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 01/10/2021

Lead officer: Bruce Evans


01/10/2021 - Delivery of Remaining Priority Flood Repair Works ref: 8262    Recommendations Approved

Following the decision taken by Acting Deputy Chief Executive / S151 Officer on 2 July 2021, the various flood damage sites were tendered as a single package of work on the open market. Tenders have now been returned and evaluated on the basis of cost and quality. A decision to proceed with the preferred tenderer is required.
The winning tenderer on a combined basis of 60% price and 40% quality as tendered is Owen Pell Ltd. The evaluation is appended as Appendix A. This appendix is exempt from publication on the grounds that it contains commercially sensitive information in respect to all tenderers’ submissions.
A contract can then be issued to Owen Pell Ltd containing the terms and conditions and detailed services to be undertaken, as outlined within the tender documentation.
Delivery can then be mobilised and the works progressed to completion. The approved capital budget for these works is £960K.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy and Place

Decision published: 01/10/2021

Effective from: 01/10/2021

Lead officer: Mairead Lane