Issue details

To agree the Super Hubs approach

To approve the approach to the delivery of two Super Hubs in Herefordshire, drawing on the £2m capital funding as agreed at full Council in February 2020, as part of the Talk Community programme.

 

A business case was developed in 2019 and approved at full council in February 2020 allocating £2m capital funding towards the delivery of two Super Hubs in Herefordshire as part of the Talk Community programme. The Community Wellbeing Directorate also allocated £200k of revenue funding to support the project. Since then a number of factors has meant that the project has not progressed. The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown resulted in a number of projects being put on hold, including Super Hubs, whilst priorities and resources were focused on supporting our local communities and our most vulnerable residents affected by the pandemic.

Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, it also presented opportunities, particularly around the way communities came together to support their local residents. During this time Talk Community was the council led community response across Herefordshire, working with communities to support our most vulnerable residents. As a result, Herefordshire Council re-established and strengthened its relationship with its local communities, and embedded Talk Community as its strategic approach to working with communities.

Therefore, since the original business case was developed the landscape has changed significantly and in order to take this project forward an options appraisal and feasibility study has been undertaken to understand the viability of this project and the potential options to take this forward. This decision report is looking to seek approval on the recommended approach and give delegated authority to the director of community wellbeing to draw down these funds.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/11/2022

Decision due: 17 January 2023 by Cabinet Member housing, regulatory services and community

Lead member: Cabinet Member housing, regulatory services and community

Lead director: Service Director - Communities

Department: Community Wellbeing

Contact: Michelle Wood, Project Manager Email: michelle.wood3@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Details of any declarations of interest: N/A

Documents

  • To agree the Superhubs approach