West Berkshire Council

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber Council Offices Market Street Newbury

Contact: Democratic Services Team 

Items
No. Item

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 474 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Executive held on 11 February 2021.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To remind Members of the need to record the existence and nature of any personal, disclosable pecuniary or other registrable interests in items on the agenda, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.

3.(a)

Notice of Motion - Safer Streets Champion pdf icon PDF 240 KB

4.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 179 KB

Members of the Executive to answer questions submitted by members of the public in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules contained in the Council’s Constitution.

Please note that the list of public questions is shown under item 4 in the agenda pack.

Additional documents:

5.

Petitions

Councillors or Members of the public may present any petition which they have received. These will normally be referred to the appropriate Committee without discussion.

6.

New Domestic Abuse and Safe Accommodation Duty (EX4022) pdf icon PDF 432 KB

Purpose:  To inform the Executive of the new duty placed on local authorities as set out in the Domestic Abuse Bill, currently before Parliament, which includes a new duty for the Council to assess the need for support and prepare strategies to provide support for victims and their children [who need to reside] in relevant accommodation (also referred to as safe accommodation throughout this report).

Preparations have been undertaken in order to meet the new legal requirements and the Executive must agree how best the Council implements the new duty from April 2021 (if the Bill receives Royal Assent).

Decision:

Resolved that:

 

·         The role of our Domestic Abuse Strategy Group is revised to enable it to become the ‘West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Board’ in order to fulfil the new requirements as set out in the Domestic Abuse Bill and accompanying statutory guidance.

·         Once received, the additional burden funding is used for two purposes; firstly to recruit administrative support within the Building Communities Together Team with responsibility for providing support to the West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Board and secondly commissioning additional services where gaps in support and safe accommodation have been identified through the required needs assessment.

 

This decision is not subject to call in as:

 

·      a delay in implementing the decision could compromise the Council's position.

 

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

7.

Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan (EX3833) pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Purpose: To seek approval for the Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan 2020 - 2036.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that the Housing Strategy 2020 – 2036 and the Delivery Plan be approved.

 

This decision is eligible to be ‘called-in’.  However, if the decision has not been ‘called-in’ by 5.00pm on 1 April 2021, then it will be implemented.

8.

Response to Council Motion - Scrutiny of Community Infrastructure Levy Payments (EX4004) pdf icon PDF 322 KB

Purpose: To provide a response to the Motion presented to the 3 December 2020 Council meeting.

Decision:

Resolved to reject the Motion contained in 1.1 of the report. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations clearly set out the procedures that can be taken to dispute a CIL charge by the Charging Authority.  The complaints relating to the two cases referred to in the motion were not upheld by the Local Government Ombudsman. Furthermore the cases date back to 2015 and 2017, since then changes have been made to both the Regulations and the Council’s CIL processes.  In addition, the CIL team have been audited twice and found to be Satisfactory.

 

This decision is eligible to be ‘called-in’.  However, if the decision has not been ‘called-in’ by 5.00pm on 1 April 2021, then it will be implemented.

9.

Response to the Council Motion relating to the demolition of the former Newbury Football Ground Clubhouse (EX4005) pdf icon PDF 474 KB

Purpose: To provide the response to the Motion presented to the 3 December 2020 Council meeting.

Decision:

Resolved to reject the motion. The planning application is being considered by Planning amongst other things for the demolition of an unsafe club house and to introduce measures to allow the old grass pitch to be brought into general public use. Whilst this is underway it is not proposed that the site would be used for football training and matches.

 

This decision is not subject to call in as:

 

·      a delay in implementing the decision could cause the Council serious financial implications or could compromise the Council's position.

 

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

10.

Capital Financial Performance Report - Q3 of 2020/21 (EX3912) pdf icon PDF 736 KB

Purpose: The financial performance report provided to Members on a quarterly basis reports on the under or over spends against the Council’s approved capital budget.  This report presents the Quarter Three financial position.

Decision:

Resolved that the forecast financial position as at Quarter Three be noted.

 

This decision is not subject to call in as:

 

·      Report is to note only

 

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

11.

Key Accountable Performance Report 2020/21: Quarter Three (EX3885) pdf icon PDF 718 KB

Purpose:

To provide assurance that the core business and council priorities for improvement measures (Council Strategy 2019-2023) are being managed effectively.

To highlight successes and where performance has fallen below the expected level, present information on the remedial action taken, and the impact of that action.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to note the progress made in delivering the Council Strategy, a maintained strong performance for the core business areas, good results for the majority of the measures relating to the Council’s priorities for improvement and remedial actions taken where performance is below target, which is mostly due to Covid-19.

 

This decision is not subject to call in as:

 

·      Report is to note only

 

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

12.

Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Members of the Executive to answer questions submitted by Councillors in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules contained in the Council’s Constitution.

Please note that the list of Member questions is shown under item 12 in the agenda pack.