Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal. View directions

Contact: Inge Booth  Senior Committee Services Officer

Items
No. Item

CEX/62

Cabinet Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 13 and 15 September 2017 (copy attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 13 and 15 September 2017.

CEX/63

Delegated Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To receive the Delegated Executive Decisions made by Portfolio Holders or Officers on 28 September 2017 (copies attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Delegated Executive Decisions made by Portfolio Holders or Officers on 28 September 2017 be received.

CEX/64

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

CEX/65

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.

CEX/66

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so before the commencement of the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no questions, representations, deputations or petitions have been received in respect of this meeting.

CEX/67

Forward Plan

To note the contents of the latest draft Forward Plan (to be circulated prior to the meeting).

Minutes:

Copies of the latest draft Forward Plan as at 24 October 2017, had been circulated prior to the meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the draft Forward Plan as at 24 October 2017 be noted.

CEX/68

2018/19 Budget Process Update Report pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To consider an update on the work to date for the 2018/19 Budget Process and also whether the Council should join a potential Cumbria Business Rate pilot.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Deputy Leader on behalf of the Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder presented an update report on work to date for the 2018/19 Budget Process and to provide assurance that the process was effectively underway and highlight any issues arising. The immediate aim of the budget process is to enable a balanced budget position to be delivered and the next year’s Council Tax to be set per the statutory requirements and deadlines. The medium to longer term aim is to plan ahead for the challenges envisaged. In addition, delegation was sought on the decision of whether to join a Cumbrian bid for a 100% business rates retention pilot.

 

Due to the timing of the government prospectus and the timescales for agreeing a pilot, the decision had not been included in the Forward Plan. Both the Chairman of Council and Chairman of Overview & Scrutiny Committee had been consulted and agreed that the matter be treated as an urgent decision and for the call-in process to be waived to enable the bid to be submitted by the deadline date of 27 October 2017.

 

In response to various questions and queries, the Financial Services Manager informed Members that there were various issues which were being considered around the inclusion of Copeland Borough Council in the Cumbria Business Rates Pool membership. The proposed bid would minimise the risk to South Lakeland District Council and that risk would be fairly balanced with the opportunity involved in the business rate pilot for 2018-19. The risk element would increase if such arrangements extended beyond one year. The Council is reviewing income generated from Council Tax charges on second homes in the district and how the income is shared with Cumbria County Council (paragraph 3.2 to the report refers).

 

In response to a question, the Financial Services Manager informed Members that the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) would not be affected by the business rates retention pilot. With regard to the total number of bids for business improvements in Cumbria, the Director People and Places indicated that a written response would be provided.

 

In response to a question asking for the details of costs awarded against the Council in respect of planning appeals in 2016-17 and 2017-18, the Director People and Places indicated that a written response would be provided.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That Cabinet

 

(1)        notes the contents of the report; and

 

(2)        delegates to the Chief Executive and Assistant Director (Resources) and Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, the final decision on whether to join the Cumbria 100% business rate pilot and the content of any bid.

 

Reasons for the Decision

 

The report provides an update on progress to prepare budgets that provide resources to implement the Council Plan. Setting a sound framework for budget preparation assists in the delivery of all corporate outcomes. This forms part of the ongoing Medium Term Financial Planning process.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

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CEX/69

Windermere - Lake Action Plan 2017-2022 (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider the Windermere Lake Action Plan 2017-2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Economy and Assets Portfolio Holder presented a report which requested that Cabinet consider adopting the draft Windermere Lake Action Plan 2017-2022. The Plan would set out the key new actions to be undertaken to secure and improve the environment of Windermere and the land immediately around its shores and improve the community and economic benefits it provides. The plan covers the next six years, building on the achievements from the previous two five year strategies. The Plan would clarify the role of the District Council, the Lake District National Park Authority and other delivery partners, promoting collaborative action through an Action Plan Delivery Group reporting to a Steering Group.

 

At its meeting held on 6 October, 2017, the Lake Administration Committee had approved the draft Plan.

 

In response to a query, the Director People and Places informed Members that at a meeting of the Lake Users Forum to be held on 6 November 2017, the question regarding how the users and stakeholders can engage with the Plan would be discussed. It is appropriate that engagement arrangements are reviewed in light of the new Action Plan. He assured Members that stakeholders had been involved throughout the production of the Plan and would continue to be involved in the delivery of it.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That the Windermere – Lake Action Plan 2017-2022 be adopted.

 

Reasons for Decision

The District Council is a key organisation in any discussion and initiative over the existing and future management of the Lake. The Council’s priorities of promoting a stronger economy, promoting culture and wellbeing and protecting and enhancing the District’s environment all find contribution from how the Lake is managed, benefiting residents and visitors.

 

Of the Plan’s Breakthrough actions:

Actions 1 and 2 promote active and sustainable travel;

Action 3 promotes physical activity;

Action 4 is directly contributory to the Council Plan commitment to improve and enhance facilities for lake users on Windermere;

Action 5 is directly contributory to the Council Plan commitment to facilitate communities to prepare for future flooding and reducing impact of flooding on communities;

Action 6 promotes the protection and enhancement of our heritage and high quality environment;

Action 7 contributes to how the Council delivers its priorities, improved customer engagement and communication.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

There is an option to not adopt the Plan. This would leave the Council’s position in partnership working to deliver a sustainable future for the Lake in doubt and not promote joined up activity. This would be of detriment to the environmental, social and economic potential of the Lake. This option is not recommended.

 

There is an option to not adopt the Plan and commence work on an alternative plan which may seek to be more comprehensive and similar to previous iterations of the Lake Management Strategy. This would not be conducive to achieving focus and risks being repetitive of other strategies already adopted for the area. This approach would incur additional cost. This option is not recommended.