Decisions

Decisions

04/08/2022 - Decision to authorise payment of £43,735 of S106 monies for “Education” to Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School towards the development of a new Outdoor Play Provision. ref: 9005    Recommendations Approved

Pupil numbers at the school have been increasing in recent years making it difficult to provide sufficient purposeful space for children to use at break times. The school are encouraging children to be as active as possible during breaks and put on a range of additional activities to encourage this, however they do not have sufficient space to have multiple team games in operation safely.

The multi-gym equipment would utilise a currently unused space and provide the additional capacity required during breaks. It would also enhance the schools PE, science and RSE curriculums as well as supporting the priority for children to be more active.

The trim trail would allow a currently unused area of the outdoor area to be redeveloped and add a large area of additional capacity. It would provide a purposeful space in line with the schools ‘Healthy Me’ agenda of encouraging children to be as active as possible during breaks. It would also support the PE, science and RSE curriculum.

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Assurance

Decision published: 05/08/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Lead officer: Andrew Lovegrove


02/08/2022 - Decision to spend from the Property Services Estates Capital Works Programme on installation of CCTV equipment at Maylord Orchards and Garrick House Car Parks. ref: 9004    Recommendations Approved

To improve security at both car parks and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and reduce revenue repair costs.

OpenView Security Solutions Ltd are the councils incumbent supplier of Security and Surveillance Equipment & Maintenance Services as agreed by the non key decision made on 15th April 2019 (Report Ref: Upgrade and Renewal of CCTV Equipment). Decision - Upgrade and Renewal of CCTV Equipment - Herefordshire Council

The have proved best value for money following their original competitive tender and assessment process in accordance with Council procurement procedures so a quotation for both car parks was sought from them and returned at £31,475.

The installation of CCTV equipment at Maylord Orchards and Garrick House Car Parks to be Awarded to OpenView Security Solutions Ltd at a cost of £31,475.


Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 02/08/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


04/08/2022 - Consent for Hereford River Carnival to hold an event on Wednesday, 10 August 2022 on the open space north of Yazor Brook off Bakers Lane, Hereford. ref: 9003    Recommendations Approved

To enable the event organisers to hold their event on the open space on Wednesday 10th August.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


27/07/2022 - License to install electronic noticeboard at Ross Library ref: 9002    Recommendations Approved

• Ross Library is owned by Herefordshire Council and Ross TC have requested permission to install an electronic noticeboard outside the property with a view to promoting and informing the general public including tourists about the local area.
• The council are supportive of their proposals and to facilitate the project intend to grant a licence permitting the installation.
• The terms of the licence will require Ross TC to undertake any necessary surveys prior to installation, pay for all installation and on-going maintenance costs, comply with all relevant legislation including planning, conservation area, health and safety etc, ensure that no obstruction is caused, remove the works on termination of the licence and fully reinstate to the satisfaction of the council.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 27/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


28/07/2022 - Granting a Licence to Bromyard & Winslow Town Council to lay resin paviors and apply a wall mural in Conquest Alley outside the Bromyard Centre ref: 9001    Recommendations Approved

• The artwork is being commissioned by Bromyard & Winslow Town Council who will retain the responsibility for the maintenance and ultimate removal of the work.
• This is being funded by the Welcome Back Fund and Great Place to Visit public realm improvement grant-funding in Bromyard to install artwork in critical access/footfall points in the town

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 28/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


04/08/2022 - Care Home & Extra Care Development : Feasibility Studies

To approve the spend of up to the value of £495,000 on feasibility studies on 4 sites for the proposed Care Home & Extra Care Facility

Decision Maker: Cabinet member health and adult wellbeing

Decision due date: 09/09/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ewen Archibald, Michael Griffin, Paula Kemp-Jones

Notice of decision: 04/08/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/07/2022 - Granting a Licence to Kington Town Council to enable the erection a bronze statue of “Fly the Walking Dog of Kington” on land outside Kington Museum ref: 9000    Recommendations Approved

• The Marches Makers Steering Committee is a community group supporting and showcasing local art works in and around Kington. They are working with Rachel Ricketts, a local internationally recognised sculptor, to make and erect a public art works sculpture entitled 'Fly: the Walking Dog of Kington' and have approached the council for consent to erect this outside the Museum in Mill Street, Kington
• Planning and Conservation Area Consent has been applied for
• The bronze figure will sit on a locally quarried sandstone plinth with a footprint measuring approx. 2.0m x 2.0m

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 28/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


04/08/2022 - Agreement of rent reviews in respect of various properties held within the council’s commercial property portfolio ref: 8999    Recommendations Approved

1. The properties are owned by the council as part of its property investment portfolio held to deliver optimum commercial returns through rental income which is used to support the council’s strategic objectives in line with the County Plan 2020 – 2024.
2. In 2021 the council appointed Messrs JNA Property Ltd, Chartered Surveyors (JNA) under a contract for the provision of estates professional services including rent reviews.
3. The contract was awarded in consultation with the procurement team and in line with the council’s procurement rules and accordingly JNA were instructed.
4. JNA have surveyed the properties, reviewed the level of market rents achievable in this location and made justified recommendations on the appropriate level of rent to be agreed.
5. Provisional agreement, subject to formal approval, has been reached with the tenants.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


27/07/2022 - South Wye Transport Package - Southern Link Road (SLR) land disposal Notice ref: 8998    Recommendations Approved

Following the decision of Full Council to stop progress on the Southern Link Road and Western Bypass, the land acquired by Herefordshire Council is no longer required by.

Under the terms of the acquisition, should the Council decide not to proceed with the highway scheme then it must be offered back to its former owner.

It is therefore incumbent on the Council to now formally offer the land back to its former owner.

The mechanism for offering back the land is by way of Right of First Refusal Notice.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 27/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


26/07/2022 - Disposal of freehold interest in land adjacent to Even Pitts Fownhope ref: 8997    Recommendations Approved

• The council own this small area of land extending to approximately 0.04ha/0.1 acre. It was acquired many years ago as part of a larger area for highway improvement works which were completed and this small piece was left over. Whilst it adjoins the public highway it is not part of the adopted highway and highways dept have confirmed they have no requirement for the land.
• The east side of the land comprises a steep almost vertical bank covered in scrub trees and bushes. There is no retaining wall or other structures in place to prevent a landslip occurring to the bank, which supports the garden of the adjacent property, Even Pitts.
• The owner of Even Pitts wishes to purchase the land to enable him to carry out any necessary works to support his adjoining land
• To ensure best value can be demonstrated independent valuation advice has been obtained and has assessed the market value of the land to be £10,000. This figure has been agreed as the sale price with the adjoining owner.
• The use of the land will be restricted to private garden/parking only

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


29/07/2022 - Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Adult Education Budget and 16-19 Funding Contract for the Academic Year 2022/2023 ref: 8996    Recommendations Approved

The council has received funding from the ESFA and predecessor organisations annually since 2001 to deliver adult and community learning. Agreeing to the ESFA grant enables the continuation of the council’s adult and community learning provision in Herefordshire.
The council’s Adult and Community Learning Plan sets out the plans for delivery in Herefordshire for the period 2019-2022, agreed by the cabinet member for Children and Families on 2 May 2019. https://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=5929
The current adult and community plan is being reviewed and revised.
The aim of the plan is to deploy the ESFA funding to ensure that Herefordshire residents have access to a range of appropriate learning opportunities that will contribute to their personal, social, educational and economic development.
The local authority is responsible for receiving the grant allocation for maintained school sixth forms in Herefordshire and paying these schools for delivery of education provision for students aged 16 to 19 as per the ESFA funding guidance.
The ESFA grant contributes to the Herefordshire County Plan, in particular the ambition for communities: strengthen communities to ensure everyone lives well and safely together; and the economy ambition to support an economy, which, builds on the county’s strengths and resources. It will contribute to the delivery plan’s priority to invest in education and the skills needed by employers and supports the action to work with partners to increase the Skills and Workforce in the county (supporting objective EC3).
Adult and community learning programmes also contribute to the ambitions of the Herefordshire Children and Young People’s Partnership plan 2019-20204 by:
•Targeting resources and supporting vulnerable people aged 19 and over into learning including care leavers
•Improving the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of adults including parents and carers
•Achieving success in life, learning and future employment e.g. family learning, English, maths and employability programmes

Decision Maker: Corporate Director - Children & Young People

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 29/07/2022

Lead officer: Darryl Freeman


02/08/2022 - Award of Funding from the Household Support Fund to third party organisations ref: 8995    Recommendations Approved

Herefordshire Council has received an allocation of £1,329,601.78 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) under the Household Support Fund. In line with DWP guidance most of the funding has been earmarked to support families with children and pensioner households who would otherwise struggle with energy, food and energy bills as well as other essential costs. The decision to support third party organisations will enable those organisations to support other Herefordshire households who are struggling to meet essential household bills.

The funding to third party organisations is an important component of the support that is provided to low-income households. Providing funding to third party organisations will mean that those organisations can provide residents who are struggling with the increase in the cost of living.
Having regard for the time available to deliver the scheme, Herefordshire Council identified existing trusted partners which had already been recipients of government grants to support low income households during the Covid 19 pandemic. The partners have also been identified based on the need to support all the eligible spend categories specified by the DWP guidance and to provide support to vulnerable households, across Herefordshire whatever their household composition.

Age UK Hereford and Localities - Support for food - £24,000
Bromyard Foodbank and Money Advice Centre - Support for food; support for energy; support for other essentials - £22, 680
Hereford Foodbank - Support for food - £22,825
Herefordshire Community Foundation - Support for energy; support for other essentials - £30,000
Ledbury Foodbank - Support for food; support for other essentials -£9,870
Leominster Foodbank (including the Money Advice Centre) - Support for food; support for energy; support for other essentials - £21,500
The Living Room - Support for food; support for energy; support for other essentials - £26,400
Mothers’ Union – Diocese of Hereford - Support for household essentials - £10,100
NILS Scheme - Support for household essentials - £20,000
Putson Baptist Church - Support for food; support for energy; support for other essentials - £28,120
Severn Wye Energy Agency - Support for energy - £28,750
Total: £244,245

Consumer prices, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 9.4% in the 12 months to June 2022, up from 9.1% in May. The Bank of England expects inflation to rise further to around 11% in 2022 before levels start to fall during 2023. There have been significant increases in the price of energy and food and this is likely to increase with a further rise in the price cap on energy in October 2022. Low-income households spend a larger proportion than average on energy and food so will be more affected by price increases.

By utilising the funding from government, this will have a positive impact on low income households by minimising the debt burden on those that struggle to pay essential bills.


Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Assurance

Decision published: 04/08/2022

Effective from: 02/08/2022

Lead officer: Andrew Lovegrove


02/08/2022 - To agree the Technology Enabled Communities Programme scope, funding and recommendations

The purpose of the report is to agree the scope, funding allocation and recommendations for delivery of the Technology Enabled Communities (TEC) Programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member health and adult wellbeing

Decision due date: 30/09/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Wood

Notice of decision: 02/08/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/08/2022 - Reallocation of approved budget ref: 8956    Recommendations Approved

To approve reallocation of existing capital funding for Plough Lane drainage and resurfacing car park work to help deliver the Plough Lane building infrastructure changes and to enable flexible hybrid office accommodation to support the delivery of services.

 

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Assurance

Decision published: 01/08/2022

Effective from: 06/08/2022

Decision:

That:

a)    £345k of the approved, but un-committed estate capital programme 2020/21 funding for Plough Lane drainage and resurfacing car park is reallocated to external and internal work for the Plough Lane Council offices;

b)    the Director of Resources and Assurance be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the above recommendations within the approved budget; and

c)    the Director of Resources and Assurance be authorised to vary the plans in the scope of works within the approved budget.

 

Wards affected: Widemarsh;

Lead officer: Nigel Thomas


29/07/2022 - Revised Debt Recovery Policy

The updated Debt Recovery Policy is agreed and implemented from 31 July 2022

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance, corporate services and planning

Decision due date: 02/09/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rachael Hart

Notice of decision: 29/07/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/07/2022 - Award of CCTV/Security Monitoring Staffing Contract

To approve the award of the contract for the provision of the CCTV/Security Monitoring Staffing Contract following a competitive tender exercise.

 

An open tender was issued in compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the council’s Contract Procedure Rules. A preferred bidder has been identified through a compliant evaluation process.  All of the compliant tender responses were in excess of the anticipated budget figure for the contract and the evaluation scoring reflected this.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member housing, regulatory services and community

Decision due date: 24/08/2022

Wards affected: Aylestone Hill; Central; Dinedor Hill; Greyfriars; Hinton & Hunderton; Ledbury North; Leominster East; Newton Farm; Redhill; Ross East; Ross West; Whitecross; Widemarsh;

Lead officer: Debbie Turner

Notice of decision: 28/07/2022

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The new contract is due to commence on 1st September 2022 and there are TUPE implications which are recommended to take place within a minimum of 28 days.

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The companies that have submitted tenders for this procurement exercise haven't been notified of their success nor unsuccess in the tender process.


28/07/2022 - Nutrient Certainty - Luston Integrated Wetland ref: 8974    Recommendations Approved

As the competent body under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended) Cabinet is asked to note the progress being made towards creating Integrated Wetlands phosphate reduction and steps being taken to ensure Nutrient Certainty to the required standard of beyond reasonable scientific doubt.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

That cabinet: 

a)    Agree that all necessary due diligence to confirm Nutrient Certainty has now been achieved; 

 

b)   Authorise the Corporate Director Economy and Environment to commence the trading of credits as outlined in the Phosphate Credit Pricing and Allocation Policy agreed by Cabinet on 26 May 2022; 

 

c)    Establish a Cabinet Working Group to be called the Phosphates Commission - Restoring the River Wye - to consider how the Council and its partners can progress the wider systemic and strategic issues needed to address Phosphate Pollution in the Wye; 

 

d)   Agree that the Terms of Reference for the Phosphates Commission are agreed in writing by Cabinet with the Final Terms of Reference and Membership of the Phosphates Commission being reported to the next available meeting of Cabinet;

 

e)    Approve the response to the recommendations of the environment and sustainability scrutiny committee as set out in appendix 4; and

 

f)     To establish a Commissioning provision of £60k and delegate to the Corporate Director of Economy and Environment in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council commissioning expenditure decisions. 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ben Boswell


28/07/2022 - UK Shared Prosperity Plan Submission to Government ref: 8975    Recommendations Approved

To seek cabinet approval to submit the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) Investment Plan to government on 1 August 2022. Government has allocated Herefordshire £7.6m of UKSPF, subject to the submission and approval of an Investment Plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

That:

a) Cabinet approve the submission of the Herefordshire UK Shared Prosperity Fund Investment Plan to government, in order to secure up to £7.6m of funding for the county;

b) Authority to make technical amendments to the final Investment Plan submission is delegated to the Corporate Director for Economy and Environment;

c) Should the Investment Plan be approved, Herefordshire Council agrees to be the accountable body for the implementation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation and the resulting projects; and

d) Authority is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and the Section 151 officer to formally submit the bids by the 1 August 2022 deadline

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Roger Allonby, Alexia Heath


28/07/2022 - Decision to appoint business advisor to deliver 1-2-1 business start-up advice ref: 8993    Recommendations Approved

Following the successful delivery of the ERDF Start-up Programme (in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council), to over 40 entrepreneurs and start-ups, Herefordshire Council would like to continue the delivery of 1-2-1 business start-up support and advice, to Herefordshire based entrepreneurs and business start-ups (up to 12 months old).

In 2018, 715 new businesses started up in Herefordshire, a rate of 8.5% (start-ups as a percentage of all active businesses). This was lower than in the West Midlands (13.3%) and nationally (13.0%). Start-ups are surviving longer in Herefordshire than regionally and nationally (92% at one year for businesses started in 2017, 59% at three years for businesses started in 2015 and 48.1% at five years for businesses started in 2013). Herefordshire has a greater number of businesses per head of population (527 per 10,000 per population aged 16+) than across the West Midlands (498).

CGRBS will be expected to work alongside the Marches Growth Hub (Herefordshire), liaising with the Growth Hub Manager, and the Economic Development Team, to generate interest and take up of the start-up 1-2-1 support programme but it is worth noting that there is also a pipeline of entrepreneurs waiting to receive support as the previous programme has met all of its targets.

Each business will have a minimum of 14 hours support. A minimum of four hours will be 1-2-1, to cover personalised and bespoke action/business planning and follow up.

Up to 10 hours can be business workshops focusing on sessions that will provide the skills and understanding to start a business, assess viability, how to explore and exploit business opportunities, legal considerations, access to finance and successful business planning, selling and marketing etc.

CGRBS has extensive experience in delivering start up courses and tailored advice and was successfully chosen following a tender process carried out in accordance with council’s contract procedure rules.

The maximum budget for this contract is £24,500 for the term up to 31 March 2024.

This contract will run up to March 2024 or until the funding has been fully allocated (whichever is the soonest).

Decision Maker: Service Director - Economy and Regulatory

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 28/07/2022

Lead officer: Roger Allonby


23/02/2021 - Appointment of a consultancy service to assist the development of the new Waste Collection Service Specification ref: 8992    Recommendations Approved

The Council does not have the required officer capacity and technical specialism in order to develop the service specification and associated contractual documents to re-procure this essential service.

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Assurance

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 23/02/2021

Lead officer: Joanne Moore


26/07/2022 - To grant a lease of The Chapel, Venns Lane, Hereford ref: 8991    Recommendations Approved

• Herefordshire College of Arts (HCA) currently occupy these premises under Licence.
• Terms have been agreed for a short lease to be coterminous with the lease of the main campus.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


26/07/2022 - To grant a lease of The Hive, Venns Lane, Hereford ref: 8990    Recommendations Approved

• Herefordshire College of Arts (HCA) currently occupy these premises under Licence.
• Terms have been agreed for a short lease to be coterminous with the lease of the main campus.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


20/07/2022 - Grant of new ground lease of land to Cabin Childcare at Much Birch CE Primary School ref: 8989    Recommendations Approved

• Ground lease only, the wooden nursery building belongs to the tenant.
• Previous lease has expired.
• Lease renewal provides the nursery operator security for continued service delivery from this setting.

Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 20/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


27/07/2022 - Decision to approve and sign a Statement of Common Ground with Worcestershire County Council and Gloucestershire County Council on strategic, cross-boundary minerals and waste planning matters. ref: 8988    Recommendations Approved

To approve and sign a Statement of Common Ground with Worcestershire County Council and Gloucestershire County Council on strategic, cross-boundary minerals and waste planning matters.
The Statement of Common Ground (SOCG), at appendix A, endorses the principle that Herefordshire Council (HC) has collaborated with Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) during the preparation of the emerging Herefordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan in identifying strategic planning matters. It demonstrates effective and ongoing joint working across administrative boundaries.

Reason for SOCG
The SOCG has been drawn up in pursuance of the statutory requirements to maintain effective cross-boundary co-operation, as detailed in the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (paragraphs 24 to 27).

The SOCG updates and replaces the 2019 memorandum of understanding between HC, WCC and GCC.

Purpose of the SOCG
• Sets out roles and responsibilities to aid collaborative working on strategic matters;
• Demonstrates how statutory obligations under the Duty to Cooperate are being met in respect of:
o facilitating the steady and adequate supply of land-won sand and gravel, crushed rock aggregates and industrial minerals; and
o the delivery of sustainable waste management throughout the three administrative areas;
• Promotes the adoption of good practice partnership working;
• Establishes clear, consistent, effective and mutually beneficial and consistent approaches to evidence gathering, data analysis and dissemination; and
• Supports local plan-making functions and local decision-making on planning applications, as well as potentially informing sub-national or national policy development.

Next Steps
After the SOCG has been signed by HC, it will be sent to WCC and GCC. Once signed by all three authorities, the SOCG will be made publically available on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan examination pages of the Herefordshire Council website.

Appendix A: Statement of Common Ground between Herefordshire Council, Worcestershire County Council and Gloucestershire County Council on strategic, cross-boundary minerals and waste planning matters.

Decision Maker: Service Director - Economy and Regulatory

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 27/07/2022

Lead officer: Tracey Coleman


22/07/2022 - Easement for electricity cables in land (public open space) at Mabels Furlong Ledbury ref: 8987    Recommendations Approved

1. The land which is designated as public open space at Mabels Furlong Ledbury is owned by the council who have been approached by Last Mile Electricity Ltd, a statutory undertaker under the Electricity Act 1989 to grant consent for the laying of electricity cables in connection with new housing in the vicinity
2. The terms agreed provide for payment of a consideration of £5,000, all works will be carried out in compliance with all necessary statutory approvals, any damage caused during construction and future maintenance will be fully reinstated to the council’s satisfaction and the council’s fees in the matter will be paid.
3. The grant of the easement has been advertised in line with statutory requirements for the disposal of legal interests in public open space and the deed of easement will be reviewed and agreed by the legal team to ensure that the council’s position is fully protected


Decision Maker: Acting Head of Property

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 22/07/2022

Lead officer: Sarah Jowett


14/07/2022 - Explosives Storage Licence (Fireworks) for the Aldi Store, Ledbury. Ledbury South. 14.07.22 ref: 8986    Recommendations Approved

To grant an explosives licence to Aldi, Ledbury, Herefordshire, in accordance with the Explosives Regulations 2014 for 5 years - Expiry 31st August 2027.

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 14/07/2022

Lead officer: David Hough


06/07/2022 - Decision to prosecute one defendant for fly tipping and waste duty of care offences. Bromyard Bringsty. 06.07.22 ref: 8985    Recommendations Approved

To prosecute one defendant for illegally depositing waste and failing in duty of care under Sections 33(1)(a) and 33(6) and 34 (1) & 34(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Section 1 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 06/07/2022

Lead officer: Marc Willimont


27/06/2022 - To make provisional Tree Preservation Order 664 Land off Ledbury Bypass ref: 8984    Recommendations Approved

The proposals have due regard to our public sector equality
duty. There are no health and safety implications or other
risks. This is because the owner of the tree is responsible for
it, including monitoring its condition and undertaking any works
required on safety grounds.

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 27/06/2022

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


27/06/2022 - To make provisional Tree Preservation Order 663 Land adj to Poulstone Lane Kings Caple ref: 8983    Recommendations Approved

The proposals have due regard to our public sector equality
duty. There are no health and safety implications or other
risks. This is because the owner of the tree is responsible for
it, including monitoring its condition and undertaking any works
required on safety grounds.

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 27/06/2022

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


27/05/2022 - To make provisional Tree Preservation Order 661 Land South of Barons Cross Leominster ref: 8982    Recommendations Approved

The proposals have due regard to our public sector equality
duty. There are no health and safety implications or other
risks. This is because the owner of the tree is responsible for
it, including monitoring its condition and undertaking any works
required on safety grounds

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 27/05/2022

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


10/03/2022 - To make provisional Tree Preservation Order 660 Cradoc House, Ross On Wye ref: 8981    Recommendations Approved

The Robinia has high public amenity value which was
proposed to be felled following the submission of a notification
to carry out tree works in a Conservation Area.

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 10/03/2022

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


21/04/2022 - Provisional Tree Preservation Order 659 Land at Little Marcle Road Ledbury ref: 8980    Recommendations Approved

The three trees mentioned in the TPO have high public
amenity value and are under perceived threat on account of
request to fell within a conservation area.

Decision Maker: Officer Decisions - Economy and Enviroment

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 21/04/2022

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


28/07/2022 - 2023/24 Budget Setting Timetable ref: 8973    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet is required to publish its timetable for making proposals to Council for the following financial year’s revenue and capital budgets and estimates of future years’ revenue resources by way of a Medium Term Financial Strategy.

Cabinet is also required to set out its approach public consultation on the budget proposals.



Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

That:

a) the proposed timetable for the development and adoption of the Medium Term Financial

Strategy and the 2023/24 budgets be approved; and

b) the proposed approach to the budget consultation is approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joanne Moore, Rachael Hart


22/07/2022 - To award a contract to Metaphor Communications Limited ref: 8979    Recommendations Approved

NLHF expect a completed Interpretation Plan to form part of the stage 2 application bid to outline what activities the Museum service will run following the successful completion of this project.

The Interpretation plan will inform the design of the spaces within the museum.

The proposed £15m significant redevelopment of the Grade 2 listed Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is a flagship project in the Hereford Town Investment Plan. The project will establish a modern high quality museum and art gallery visitor experience, attracting high profile exhibitions, providing additional space to display local heritage artefacts potentially including the Herefordshire Hoard, include a café and shop, and provide opportunities for corporate hospitality. A key feature of the proposed project is a culture trail on the roof of the historic building offering views over the city, including the Hereford Cathedral located opposite the site.

Decision Maker: Corporate Director – Economy & Environment

Decision published: 27/07/2022

Effective from: 22/07/2022

Lead officer: Ross Cook


19/07/2022 - Transformation Programme ref: 8977    Recommendations Approved

To gain authorisation to draw up to £490,000 from the council’s corporate reserves in the 2022/23 financial year to enable the commissioning and award, following a compliant tendering process of a contract to support the development and delivery of a digital and customer services strategy to accelerate the council’s digital transformation journey.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance, corporate services and planning

Decision published: 26/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance, corporate services and planning

Decision published: 26/07/2022

Effective from: 26/07/2022

Decision:

That:

a)    The Cabinet member for finance, corporate services and planning approves the agreed approach to digital and customer services transformation which is outlined in the report;

b)    The Cabinet member for finance, corporate services and planning approves expenditure up to the value of £490,000 from the council’s corporate revenue reserves to fund all necessary steps of the digital and customer services transformation approach;

c)    The Cabinet member for finance, corporate services and planning authorises the Director for Resources and Assurance to take all steps necessary, including entering into necessary agreements and procuring and awarding any relevant contracts up to the value of £490,000, to deliver the approach to digital transformation as outlined in the report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joni Hughes


26/07/2022 - Wye Valley AONB - Acceptance of grant funding

This report seeks approval to accept three year funding allocations from DEFRA, Natural Resource Wales and the Welsh Government for the Wye Valley AONB.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member environment and economy

Decision due date: 13/09/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ben Boswell

Notice of decision: 26/07/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/07/2022 - Tier 3 Short Breaks Contract Extension by Variation ref: 8958    Recommendations Approved

To vary, by a 12-month extension, the existing provider contracts awarded through the council’s Short Breaks Dynamic Purchasing System.

The cost of support provided through the contracts will depend on the assessed needs of individual children and families and will be met from the council’s short breaks budget.

The council provides a range of short breaks for disabled children and their carers and has operated a Dynamic Purchasing System since 2017. The Dynamic Purchasing System itself does not have an end date and has allowed new providers to become approved contractors during the period since 2017. Work will be completed during the proposed extension period to redesign the council’s short breaks offer to secure improved provision from April 2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 26/07/2022

Effective from: 02/08/2022

Decision:

That:

(a)   the Dynamic Purchasing System and current short breaks contracts are extended by variation from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 at an estimated combined cost of £420k

(b)  any new providers that may wish to offer new capacity for short breaks services are enabled to apply for approval to join the Dynamic Purchasing System during 2022/23

(c)   the planned work to recommission the council’s short breaks offer for 2023  onwards, as outlined by paragraphs 12-14, 21 and 29 of this report, is noted

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Richard Watson


25/07/2022 - To adopt the process and policy for issuing penalties under the Tenants Fees Act 2019

To adopt the process and policy for issuing penalties under the Tenants Fees Act 2019 and delegate authority to make consequential technical amendments to the Overarching Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and its appendices as required by legislation and guidance issued by government.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member housing, regulatory services and community

Decision due date: 20/09/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: David Hough

Notice of decision: 25/07/2022

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
This policy is required to be implemented under the legislation before any enforcement and penalty notices can be issued.

Anticipated restriction: Open


25/07/2022 - Cathedral and River Wye Quarter Design

This report is to agree the outline public realm design for the Cathedral and River Wye Quarter (Broad St, King St, Bridge St and surrounding area).  The report will set out the aspirations of the design to move the layout away from the traditional dominance of motorised vehicles and to provide a modal shift to alternative forms of transport.  The design is intended to provide a sense of place to enhance the area for visitors and provide economic benefits to the surrounding businesses.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 27/10/2022

Wards affected: Central;

Lead officer: Mark Averill, Susan White

Notice of decision: 25/07/2022

Anticipated restriction: Open


25/07/2022 - Disposal of the old Colwall CE Primary School ref: 8916    Recommendations Approved

To approve the disposal of the council owned land formerly occupied by Colwall CE Primary School subject to the agreement from the Secretary of State. Colwall CE primary school was relocated into a new build school on a new site in January 2018 due to severe water ingress problems in the building. No use has been made of the buildings since this date and therefore they are no longer required as an educational establishment.

Decision Maker: Corporate Director - Children & Young People

Decision published: 25/07/2022

Effective from: 30/07/2022

Decision:

That:

 

a) The council owned land formerly occupied by Colwall CE Primary School, as identified edged in blue on the plan at appendix 1, be approved for disposal; and

 

 b) The service director education, skills and learning be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the disposal subject to Secretary of State consent being secured

Wards affected: Hope End;

Lead officer: Karen Knight, Quentin Mee